Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Listening Session Tonight
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you tonight at the Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex. My listening sessions give you the opportunity to express your thoughts on issues important to you. I'll also share legislative updates on items we've been working on this session.
Protecting Working
Military Families
This week I introduced a bill aimed at helping service members who live and work here in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has significant workforce needs, and recently discharged service members and their spouses play a large role in meeting the demand for qualified workers. However, one primary issue we have with recruiting is the lack of interstate mobility for occupational licenses. Military families are hit particularly hard by these barriers to mobility because of the need to regularly relocate as part of their duty. So, even though these service members and their spouses already have licenses in good standing from another state, they need to jump through a network of regulatory hoops to become licensed here in WI in order to continue working. 

With this bill, Wisconsin would automatically recognize and honor their existing license so they can begin working right away. License recognition would also likely give Wisconsin an edge over other states in recruiting. But don’t just take my word for it. This concept has had bi-partisan support from the Trump Administration, Obama Administration, and a myriad of veteran and service-member organizations. By adopting these recommended changes, we can send a message to military families nationwide that we are committed to being a great place for them to live and work.
Waukesha South Incident
As many of you are aware, our community and specifically Waukesha South High School faced an extremely difficult situation this week.

While details are still coming out, we can be thankful for the brave actions of our students, teachers, and local law enforcement to prevent a larger tragedy. While we pray that none of our loved ones be in danger or harm’s way, we will never be able to unilaterally stop bad people from doing bad things. However, the school safety measures enacted over the last two years have helped make our schools safer and well-prepared to handle emergency situations.

To fix issues like this, we need to look deeper at the root cause of these behaviors. I believe the solution is going to come through discussions around how parents, educators and community leaders can begin to address this epidemic.
WMC Small Business Committee
Today, I spoke to the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Small Business Committee, which is comprised of small business owners from around the state. It was great to hear their perspectives on how we can continue expanding opportunities for small business to grow around the state. 

The main issue with not only small business, but almost every organization, is not being able to find workers. I continue to bring up the need for an overhaul of our welfare system. It makes no sense to have people who could be working sitting on the sidelines because of government programs. Working is a win for everyone.
Pearl Harbor Day
Each year on December 7, we take time to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.

Japan’s losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.

Just a reminder that I highly encourage everyone see the movie Midway that is currently in theatres and tells this story.
Wisconsin Blue Book
The 2019-2020 State of Wisconsin Blue Book is now available. The Blue Book is a valuable source of information on state government, the legislative process and the history of our state. The featured article in the book is called: A HERO'S WELCOME, How the 1919 Wisconsin Legislature overcame divisions to enact innovative veterans legislation following World War I. View the book online at
If you would like a copy of the Wisconsin Blue Book mailed to you, please contact my office at
Holiday Event Guide

Check out Lake Country Family Fun's guide to holiday parades in Waukesha County and the Lake Country area.

Find our where kids can have their picture taken here.

Various Christmas Tree locations, including u-cut and pre-cut. Call the locations to confirm pricing and availability.

You can find them all listed here.

Connect with Chris

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708

Today in History

For Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
From The American Patriot's Almanac
1647 - Jacques Marquette and two French traders build a hut at what is now Chicago.

1783 - The Revolutionary War concluded, General George Washington bids his officers farewell at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.

1816 - James Monroe of Virginia is elected the fifth U.S. president.

1833 - The American Anti-Slavery Society is organized in Philadelphia.

1996 - General Motors begins the first mass production of a U.S. electric car, the EV1.
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