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Reps. Sargent & Genrich Support Funding, Staff at WEC to Ensure Election Integrity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Britt Cudaback   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:12

cyberattacks-internetReports confirm Wisconsin among states targeted for cyberattacks during 2016 election.

MADISON – State Representatives Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) announced legislation today (LRB-4363/1) to reinstate provisions vetoed by Governor Walker in the 2017-2019 biennial budget that would have increased funding and staffing levels at the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC).

melissa-sargent“The cornerstone of our democracy is ensuring the integrity of our elections and the democratic process,” said Sargent. “Between cyberattacks, redistricting, and voter restrictions, among other threats, the importance of fully funding and staffing the body charged with ensuring the fairness, impartiality, and security of our elections simply cannot be overstated.”

LRB-4363/1 would appropriate $304,100 to the Wisconsin Elections Commission for five full-time equivalent staff positions, a provision in the budget that was support and passed by Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee months ago, but was among 99 provisions vetoed by Governor Walker last week, ultimately cutting six jobs from the Commission.

eric-genrich“In the face of cynical attempts to undermine our Democracy, we cannot afford the Governor’s reckless attack on the Wisconsin Elections Commission,” said Genrich. “I thank Rep. Sargent for righting this wrong, and I am proud to join her in this effort.”

The introduction of LRB-4363/1 comes just days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that Wisconsin was among the 21 states targeted in widespread hacking efforts by ‘Russian government cyber actors’ during the 2016 elections. Although DHS indicated the attacks on Wisconsin’s online voter registration system were unsuccessful, and have since indicated the attacks might have been aimed at another agency, the Elections Commission has pledged to direct resources and efforts to increase security and protection efforts.

“This is not a partisan proposal—this actually mirrors what Republicans voted to include in the budget in May—and I’m hopeful my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join us in supporting this legislation and acting swiftly to move this bill through the legislative process,” Sargent concluded.

The bill is currently being circulated for co-sponsorship. The period for co-sponsorship ends on October 13, 2017.

Report Underscores Need for Domestic Violence Prevention in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Britt Cudaback   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:37

domestic-violenceRep. Melissa Sargent of Madison joins advocate groups today to announce the 2016 results of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s (ENDA) annual Domestic Violence Homicide Report

MADISON – Today State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) joined End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (ENDA), Unidos, and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services at the Wisconsin State Capitol to announce the results of ENDA’s 2016 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report.

“The results of this report are extremely troubling,” Sargent explained. “Every five days in Wisconsin a person dies due to domestic violence. This report underscores the fact that domestic violence has become a public health crisis in Wisconsin, and it should serve as a haunting reminder to lawmakers that deaths at the hands of domestic violence are absolutely preventable.”

The report released today highlighted an alarming trend for domestic violence rates in Wisconsin. The report includes the harrowing stories of many of the victims who were killed due to domestic violence which claimed 73 lives in Wisconsin last year--the highest number of deaths Wisconsin has seen since this report’s inception 17 years ago. Among the persons killed last year, 7 persons were under the age of 17, not including the many young adults who were also victims.

melissa-sargent“It is particularly disconcerting the extent to which inter-personal violence occurs across all age groups and how pervasive it is becoming in teens and young adults,” said Sargent, who is the author of a bill which would incorporate teen dating violence education curricula in schools across Wisconsin (LRB-2213). “We simply cannot continue letting out kids become domestic violence statistics.”

LRB-2213 would prohibit teen dating violence at schools or school-related events and activities, integrate curricula for students in grades 7 through 12 on preventing and responding to teen dating violence, and develop training and procedures for identifying, preventing, and responding to teen dating violence for school district employees.

“We don’t have to keep watching these statistics rise year after year—as lawmakers we can and should take steps to prevent domestic violence in Wisconsin, and it begins by incorporating early intervention and healthy relationship skills that will last a lifetime. I am going to continue working to pass my teen dating violence prevention bill this session in order to address the domestic violence in Wisconsin.”



Melissa Sargent is a State Representative in the Wisconsin Assembly, representing the 48th Assembly District, which covers the east and north sides of the city of Madison and the village of Maple Bluff.

Court Should End Partisan Gerrymandering So Every Vote Will Count PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:07

supreme-court-washingtonThe nonpartisan League of Women Voters explains why the U.S. Supreme Court should give every citizen’s vote equal weight by affirming the lower court ruling in the redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford.

Two Worlds Apart: The Capitol and the Great River Road PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:44

great-river-roadThe contrast between the frenzy in the Capitol on the state budget and Foxconn and the slow pace of life along the Great River Road in western Wisconsin is great, but the decisions made in Madison will significantly influence people’s lives in western Wisconsin.

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