Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Kapenga Bill Would End a Costly Government Mandate
The state would save nearly $5 million each year under a bill I authored to remove a mandate that state agencies purchase at least twenty percent of its electricity consumption from renewable resources. 

According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, current contracts with utility providers have resulted in taxpayers paying for a guarantee, or “premium,” that a certain amount of “renewable attributes” have been produced for its electricity consumption. 

The state already maintains a separate mandate that requires utility providers to set and increase renewable energy percentages. Essentially, the proposal eliminates the double counting of renewable energy in the production and consumption stages. The proposal, Senate Bill 434, received a public hearing this week in the Senate Committee on Elections and Utilities. 
Kapenga Jobs Bill in Forbes
Alexander Acosta, U.S. labor secretary, during an Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives event. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg

Forbes recently published an article highlighting SB 411, an apprenticeship ratio reform bill I authored here in Wisconsin. The article notes that the expansion of apprenticeships has been an idea embraced by both parties, and is a key imitative of the White House. Wisconsin's outdated apprenticeship ratio laws are preventing employers from addressing the workforce issues that so many industries are facing.

SB 411 continues to move through the legislative process, receiving a public hearing this week in the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development. The bill is available to be scheduled for passage before the senate, and is moving forward in the assembly.

Public Benefit Reform Committee Public Hearing

Today I chaired a public hearing for the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, and State-Federal Relations. We heard testimony on two bills; the first is SB 416 which relates to a pilot program to incentivize healthy eating for FoodShare recipients. This bill requires the Department of Health Services to establish and implement a pilot program to provide certain households that are eligible for FoodShare benefits with discounts on fresh produce and other healthy foods.

Additionally, we heard SB 478 which addressees the licensing of micro-markets. Many workplaces, apartments buildings, member based retailers, etc have been developing small markets for their members to purchase convenient items. However, current law does not have a classification for these markets. This bill modernizes our statutes to ensure that over regulation does not stifle the creation of this new modern convenience.

Lake Country Lutheran Visit
It was great to meet with students from Lake Country Lutheran High Schools' government class. Thank you all for your thoughtful questions and for meeting with me to learn more about our Wisconsin state government. 
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Fall Town Hall Schedule

Connect with Chris

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

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

Wednesday, Oct. 25th 
Hartland Public Library 
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Wednesday, Nov. 29th 
Pauline Haass Library 
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Today in History

For Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
From The American Patriot's Almanac
1764 - John Adams and Abigail Smith are married in Weymouth, Massachusetts. 

1774 - The ladies of Edenton, North Carolina, sign a resolution to boycott British tea. 

1940 - Benjamin O. Davis becomes the first black general in the U.S. Army. 

1983 - Troops from the United States and several Caribbean nations invade Grenada to halt a Communist takeover of the island. 

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