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The Time For Action On Gun Violence Is Now Say State Democrats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:02

school_shooting_sandy_hookRepublicans block vote on Democratic proposal to implement school safety plans. Shilling calls on Fitzgerald to increase public safety.

MADISON, WI – After Senate Republicans blocked a vote on a Democratic proposal that would give schools a revenue limit exemption to create and implement school safety plans, Democrats are calling for action. Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald to step up and take action to increase public safety concerns.

jennifer-shilling“Wisconsin families should have the opportunity to feel safe in community spaces like schools, parks, places of worship, workplaces, and health centers free from the threat of deadly weapons and dangerous individuals,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “It is wrong that powerful gun lobbyists are able to override local families and write rules that threaten Wisconsin communities. While the overwhelming majority of gun owners are consistently responsible with their firearms, Wisconsin can, and must, do more to reduce gun violence and keep our communities, schools, and children safe.”

Despite the overwhelming amount of public support, Republicans continue to block legislation for universal background checks. Additional commonsense solutions proposed by Democrats include reinstating the 48 hour waiting period, prohibiting the sale of bump stocks, and prohibiting individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from possessing a firearm.

Wisconsin's Best and Worst on the Environment PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:26

flint-water-crisisConservationists announce scores from National Environmental Scorecard for Wisconsin's delegation in Washington. Senator Ron Johnson scores a big 0, while Tammy Baldwin is best at 100%.

Walker Signs $200 Million "Reinsurance" Plan To Cover Up Record On Health Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:39

scott_walkerYears of fighting the Affordable Care Act and Republican sabotage on health care has taken a toll on Wisconsin.

MADISON - The Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Chair Martha Laning commented Tuesday on Gov. Scott Walker's signing of his $200 million "reinsurance" plan.

martha-laning"Today Gov. Scott Walker is trumpeting his election year attempt to disguise just how utterly damaging his years of fighting the Affordable Care Act have been and the toll Republican sabotage on health care has taken on Wisconsin families," said DPW Chair Martha Laning. "If Republicans and Gov. Walker had simply gotten on board with repeated Democratic proposals to expand Badgercare and ensure everyone had access to health care, we would all be better off. Anyone who values health care will be voting for Democratic representation this year."

Below is an article from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on this topic. Read more here.

“Misty’s Law” Named for Black Lab Found Near Death in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:25

dog-black-labErpenbach introduces bill to protect animals from abuse.

MADISON - Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) introduced “Misty’s Law” Monday to increase protections for animals in Wisconsin. In January of 2016, the story of Misty the dog captured the hearts of many in Wisconsin and around the country. The black lab was found abused and abandoned on the side of the road, zipped in a duffel bag and left for dead.

jon-erpenbach“Misty’s story inspired a movement called ‘Justice for Misty’, bringing awareness to the plight of abused and abandoned animals, and new legislation designed to deter animal abuse. I am honored to introduce Misty’s bill on their behalf,” said Senator Erpenbach.

Misty’s Law requires anyone conveying an animal to another person to first do a background check, prohibits a person from conveying an animal to someone who has been convicted of a crime against an animal, strengthens the punishments against someone that has been convicted of animal abuse, and requires anyone convicted of animal abuse to pay for the cost of caring for that animal.

“What started out as Justice for Misty so that the crime against her would not go unpunished, has become an entire movement for demanding stiffer laws and penalties against animal abusers. The entire Misty Strong Family has been behind this in lending their support. I could not have gotten this far without their encouragement. I will ALWAYS believe that Misty had a purpose in this life, she did not die in vain,” said Brenda Vesely, Misty’s Mom.

Senator Erpenbach noted without concern from a group of hunters in the area, Misty would have died at the side of the road. He also would like to thank Dr. Michael Cooper and the Columbia County Humane Society, who provided Misty care and the Vesely’s of Portage who fostered Misty in her final days in their home.

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