State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The enhancements are expected to make information about each registrant more accessible and accurate to law enforcement, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC). With the one-year grant, the department will institute changes that will allow quicker sex offender data updates and create a system for Sex Offender Registry staff to verify offender address information that appears on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry web site.
The DOC says the grant money will be used to:
Wisconsin’s Do Not Call List is phenomenally popular. During 2007, more than 1 million Wisconsin residential phone lines were covered by the list that is operated by the Wisconsin by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
Unfortunately, fewer telemarketers at dinner time mean more salespeople knocking on your door.
DATCP is warning residents to be aware of door-to-door salespeople who are popping up more frequently in Wisconsin neighborhoods selling home improvements, lawn care, the traditional vacuum cleaners, meat, and even investments. The department is offering tips on proceeding with caution whenever you get an unexpected knock on your door.
Avoid being pressured to sign any contract on the spot.
Call DATCP’s hotline at 1-800-422-7128 for information about complaints.
Rather than being compelled to make a quick, impulsive purchase, do some comparison shopping.
Be sure you are aware of the exact total you must pay, not just the monthly payment.
There is also the notorious fine print to worry about. DATCP reports one alarm company had in its contract fine print that it could increase monthly fees when it so desired and could demand payment of monthly fees in full if the purchaser ever canceled the contract. If you are being pressured to pay more than the original contract indicates, you are advised to call local law enforcement.
Since August 1, 1999, Wisconsin has had a direct marketing rule providing consumer protection that applies to telephone, e-mail, fax, mail, and door-to-door transactions. These include purchases made in places away from the seller's place of business.
All direct marketers, including door-to-door salespeople must, after a short greeting, tell who they are, who they are working on behalf of, and what they are selling.
Before finishing the sale and taking any credit card information or cash, direct markets must tell consumers the cost, quantity, conditions, refund policy and the name and address of the principal company.
A direct marketer must obtain verifiable authorization before a credit card is billed and must keep transaction records for at least two years.
According to DATCP, the direct marketing rule also prohibits:
- Threatening, intimidating or harassing consumers.
- Failing to leave a consumer's premises upon request.
- Calling consumers who previously said they do not wish to receive telephone solicitations from that seller.
- Calling consumers before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. without their prior consent.
- Requesting or receiving payment for loan finder services before the consumer actually receives the promised loan. This is aimed at companies that promise loans, charge a fee, and disappear without producing the loan.
- Requesting payment for helping consumers recover money lost in a prior home solicitation transaction until at least seven days after the consumer recovers the money. This is aimed at so called "recovery room" schemes, which prey on previously victimized consumers.