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The Franchise Protection Act
Please see below for my op-ed on the Franchise Protection Act, as featured in today's edition of the Waukesha Freeman:

Wisconsin is fortunate to have a small business model that is responsible for over 177,000 local jobs and $13.5 billion contributed to our local economy. In every community throughout Wisconsin, we encounter these small businesses, we rely on them for essential goods and services, we trust our friends and neighbors who work behind their counters, and we appreciate the support they lend to our communities. Franchise businesses are an indispensable piece of the fabric of our communities, and sadly, recent press reports have provided a very misleading picture of my work to help preserve them.
The franchise business model is under attack by Washington’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which issued a decision last August that could have a far-reaching impact on Wisconsin franchisors, franchisees, and the over 177,000 Wisconsin residents who rely on franchisees for work.
With their ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries, the NLRB signaled their 
willingness to expand the so-called “joint employment” doctrine, calling into question the long-standing definition of a franchisor-franchisee relationship and opening the door to endless litigation and lawsuits for these small businesses.
Our opportunities for business development and job growth depend on a stable and predictable regulatory environment.  Upending the current, well-established, joint employer standard would cause uncertainty and unnecessary disruption for many small business owners, force some small businesses to close or enter into bankruptcy, and deter aspiring entrepreneurs from opening businesses and creating local jobs.
Here in Wisconsin, we must protect our local businesses from the far-flung bureaucratic overreach of Washington, whose underlying goal is to incentivize the growth of labor union membership and line their pockets. During the past few months, I have heard from numerous small businesses throughout the state, and they are understandably concerned about this unfair attack on their life’s work. Together, with Governor Walker and my colleagues in the Legislature, we worked hard this session to provide them some meaningful relief.
The Franchise Protection Act (Act 203) is a commonsense solution that guarantees franchisors are not unfairly liable for the actions of franchisees under Wisconsin law, will prevent frivolous lawsuits, and will encourage franchisees to act responsibly. Not only does it resemble laws enacted in seven other states this year, but importantly, it voices our support for a bipartisan bill that is currently under consideration in the halls of Congress which could put an end to this uncertainty once and for all, and let our small businesses get back to doing what they do best.

Legislative Survey

As the summer months are almost upon us, it is an ideal time to take a look back at what we have accomplished and continue looking ahead to further define what our legislative priorities should be during the next session. Therefore, I put together a survey to gain a better understanding of what your priorities are for the 2017-18 legislative session.

Click the red button below to take the survey!
Legislative Priorities Survey
School Groups Visit the Capitol
Thank you to groups from Lowell Elementary School, Lake Country School, Wales Elementary School, Meadowbrook Elementary School, Maple Avenue Elementary School, Prairie Elementary School, Prairie View Elementary School, and Richmond School for visiting the Capitol during the past couple of weeks!
Touring the Capitol is a great activity if you are looking for sightseeing activities during your visit to Madison. If you would like to set up a group tour, please call my staff at (608) 266-9174, or visit to learn more.

Today in History

1732 - James Oglethorpe is granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia.
1790 - The Philadelphia Spelling Book by John Barry becomes the first book to be copyrighted in the United States.
1863 - The Battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry battle fought on American soil, takes place in Virginia during the Civil War.
1934 - Donald Fauntleroy Duck makes his first film appearance.
1973 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in a quarter century.
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33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
Listening Sessions
Merton Listening Session
Wednesday, June 22
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Merton Village Hall

Pewaukee Listening Session
Wednesday, August 17
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pewaukee Village Hall

Dousman Listening Session
Wednesday, September 14
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dousman Village Hall

Delafield Listening Session
Wednesday, October 19
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Delafield Town Hall

Waukesha Listening Session
Wednesday, November 16
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waukesha City Hall
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