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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 state Senate killed the Coercive Abortion Bill

During the past legislative session, I co-authored the Coercive Abortion Bill that would have prevented women from being forced into having an abortion.

The bill passed by a healthy margin in the state Assembly. However, the state Senate refused to take up the bill or even schedule a public hearing.

Sue Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life has more on the state Senate’s inaction on the Coercive Abortion Bill.

New fraud hotline operating

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Governor Doyle signed into a law a bill I co-sponsored that creates a toll−free telephone number to receive reports from Wisconsin citizens about fraud, waste, and mismanagement of tax funds. The toll-free hotline is operated by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau and is now up and running.

Here is a Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel article, details from the Legislative Audit Bureau on how the fraud hotline works, and the history of Senate Bill 86 that contains links to Legislative Council memos and the enacted law.

Congratulations go out to New Berlin Eisenhower


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Think before you register your cell phone on the No Call List

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Cell phone numbers can now be added to Wisconsin’s No Call List. The number of consumers using cell phones as opposed to land lines is growing. While cell phone users now have the option of registering their cell phone numbers, I urge thoughtful consideration because there is generally not a reason to do so.

There currently is not a cell phone directory but the state is about to create one. If you already refrain from giving your cell phone number to credit card companies, retail stores and businesses, think twice about giving it to a No Call registry.

Cell phone numbers are unpublished. If you provide your cell phone number to a registry, it becomes a published number. The lists of numbers must be purchased by telemarketers so they can comply with the do not call registry. It would be extremely easy for unscrupulous entities and foreign, international entities to get their hands on the numbers. Your best bet is to avoid registering your cell phone.

On the other hand, if you regularly provide your cell phone number and it has become part of the electronic world, you may want to register it on the No Call List. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a news release stating:

“Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent. The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their clients do not intend to start calling consumers’ cell phones.”

I continue to urge consumers to register residential land line numbers on Wisconsin’s No Call List.

There are two ways to sign up for the Wisconsin No Call List. You can sign up over the phone by calling 1-866-9NOCALL (1-866-966-2255), toll-free in Wisconsin. You can sign up at the Wisconsin No Call List website at:

Only one adult in each household needs to register. Registering for the Wisconsin No Call List is free.

Get out and enjoy Wisconsin, free

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Outdoor enthusiasts, take advantage of some wonderful offers from the state of Wisconsin.

The weekend of June 7-8 is Free Fishing weekend. Fish in any of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes and 42,000 miles of rivers and streams without a fishing license. Here are more details. 

Sunday, June 8, anyone can visit any state park, forest or trail for free during Wisconsin State Park Open House Day. Read more about it here.

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