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Statewide Tour Promotes Medical Marijuana Bills PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by State Senate Democrats   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:50

medical-marijuanaTour seeking Legislative action on Senate Bill 38/Assembly Bill 75 which would allow patients access to medical cannabis comes to La Crosse, Green Bay, and Milwaukee.


MADISON - Representative Chris Taylor, Senator Jon Erpenbach and advocates will make a statewide media tour seeking Legislative action on Senate Bill 38/Assembly Bill 75 which would allow patients access to medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. The bills were introduced in February of this year and have had no action in Legislative Committees.

The bills are tightly crafted and will end the practice of criminalizing patients trying to obtain a medicine that works for them. Both Erpenbach and Taylor say that politics have meant the bills have not even received a Legislative public hearing in either house despite national polling showing support at 89% in favor of allowing medical use of marijuana. The events will close next week with a public forum on the proposals hosted by the bill authors in the Milwaukee area.

Joining Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Chris Taylor on the statewide media tour will be community advocates affected by Wisconsin’s limit on the medical use of marijuana. Currently 29 states, including our neighbors Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan having legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes - it is time for Wisconsin to act.

MEDIA EVENTS:

Tuesday, October 17th

2:00PM UW-LaCrosse Student Union - Lower Level Theater

1705 Badger Street, LaCrosse

Wednesday, October 18th

10:00AM Marathon County Public Library - 300 N. First Street, Wausau

EVENT NOT SPONSORED BY THE MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

2:00PM Brown County Courthouse - 100 S. Jefferson Street, Green Bay

Thursday, October 26th

4:30PM Press Conference, 5:00PM Public Hearing

Milwaukee Area TBD

 
Puerto Rico Disaster Relief In Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Lena Taylor, State Senator, 4th District   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:58

puerto rico flagCommunity is coming together to host the United Latino Fundraiser at St. Anthony’s High School, 4807 S. 2nd Street, on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.


MILWAUKEE - More than three weeks ago, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Officials say nearly 84% of the island is still without electricity, 64% of people are without drinking water and thousands are waiting in lines at gas stations and under-supplied grocery stores.

puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-aftermathDespite Puerto Rico being a territory of the US, the administration, sadly, has not given the support it gave Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey or Florida after Hurricane Irma. A recent poll showed that 54% of Americans are unaware that Puerto Rico-born individuals are United State citizens and would be 2 times more likely to help if they knew they were supporting fellow citizens. It didn't help that the administration tweeted out that our efforts cannot stay in Puerto Rico 'forever'.

lena-taylor.In order to help in the efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico, the Latino community is coming together to host the United Latino Fundraiser hosted at St. Anthony’s High School (4807 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee) on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. My colleague, Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, is collecting items to aid in the effort and will take these donations to the event on behalf of those who drop off items to her office. Items that will be accepted include: clothes, shoes, batteries, blankets, non-perishable foods and hygiene products. It is our responsibility as a community to help our neighbors recover from any disaster, especially one as devastating as Hurricane Maria. We must show support for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

 
Wisconsin 2018 Health Insurance Rate Spike Can Be Avoided PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:28

affordable care actBadgerCare Public Option could protect Wisconsinites from Trump’s health care sabotage, premiums and deductibles would decrease 24% statewide.

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Senate Health Committee Hears Bill on Planned Parenthood PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Leah Vukmir, State Senator District 5   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:14

leah-vukmir“I cannot stand for unborn babies being killed, and I especially won’t stand for it on the state’s dime,” says U.S. Senate hopeful Leah Vukmir, (R–Brookfield).


MADISON - The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard a bill Tuesday to ensure that taxpayer resources are not used to subsidize abortions at Planned Parenthood through services provided by the University of Wisconsin System or the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.

“It is our moral imperative to ensure hard-working Wisconsinites won’t have their tax dollars mismanaged and exploited for the murder of babies,” said committee chairman Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield. “I cannot stand for unborn babies being killed, and I especially won’t stand for it on the state’s dime.”

This bill came from the House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy & Commerce Committee report where it was discovered that the UW School of Medicine and Public Health deployed both faculty and residents to work at Planned Parenthood.

This bill, authored by Sen. Chris Kapenga and Rep. André Jacque, prohibits UW System and UW Health employees from helping perform an abortion as part of their employment. It also bans these state employees in their job from aiding or training another person to perform an abortion at another place besides a hospital.

“When Republicans took control of state government in 2011, we defunded Planned Parenthood,” Vukmir said. “This bill continues our efforts to ensure taxpayer dollars are not misused to support the sinister and devastating industry to kill babies at Planned Parenthood.”

 
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