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.
New Berlin Eisenhower won the W.I.A.A. Division 2 state basketball championship, defeating Adams-Friendship, 54-41. It’s the first state basketball title in New Berlin Eisenhower’s history.
Congratulations also go out to Alex Izzo of New Berlin Eisenhower for setting a Division 2 tournament record with 7 three-pointers. Izzo finished the championship with a game-high 23 points.
This outstanding team had plenty of heroes.
In the sectional final last week, Jim Root sank the winning shot against Brown Deer to allow New Berlin Eisenhower to advance to the state tournament.
In the semifinals Friday, Kevin Marr made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 42 seconds against defending state champion Monroe.
Senior Mike Hojnacki led the team in scoring and rebounding all season long.
I’m very proud of head coach David Scheidegger and all of the New Berlin Eisenhower Lions!
Fourteen -year -old Kara Walla of Hales Corners won the 2008 Badger State Spelling Bee over the weekend.
Read more about Kara’s victory.
Senate Democrats scheduled an executive session for Tuesday in the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on Great Lakes Compact legislation. There are 153 pages in the Great Lakes Compact bill, Senate Bill 523. Monday, 33 amendments were added to the bill. Less than 24 hours later, the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources was scheduled to vote on the heavily amended bill.
It was unconscionable to expect the committee, concerned parties and the general public to review and comprehend this complex bill in such a short amount of time.
The committee recessed Tuesday, came back to work Wednesday, narrowly approved the bill on a 3-2 vote, and then the full state Senate voted on the bill, with less than 24 hours to prepare, in addition to a full Senate calendar.
I fully expect the same process to play out next as Senate Democrats unveil their government health care plan.
Having massive bills like the amended Great Lakes Compact dropped in your lap with little time to review is unreasonable, especially during a week like this past week. Consider the following that occurred during Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in addition to the 153 page and 33 amendment compact bill:
- Some of the committees I serve on met at the same time.
- Six committee meetings.
- Executive voting sessions in the committees on 24 bills.
- Public hearings in committees on 22 bills.
- Two days on the Senate floor.
- Votes on the state Senate floor on 42 bills.
This manner of governing, ramming through complex bills abruptly at the last minute without appropriate time to review is extremely unfair to legislators and the constituents they represent.
Today on the Senate floor, there was a motion to bring Assembly Joint Resolution 17 (AJR 17) to the floor for a vote. AJR 17 is the constitutional amendment to require a photo ID to vote. AJR 17 allows you to express your desires about photo ID at the voting booth.
The motion to bring the resolution to the floor was a motion to suspend the rules of the Senate that required a two-thirds vote.
All Senate Republicans voted to take up the constitutional amendment.
All Senate Democrats except one voted against bringing the constitutional amendment to the floor.
The motion failed 15-17.
Senate Democrats continue to obstruct the opportunity for you to express your will about requiring a photo ID to vote. Studies show overwhelmingly that people want photo ID as a requirement to vote.