Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Tesla Technology in Wisconsin 

Tesla is the first American automotive startup in the past 50 years to achieve mainstream success, and is looking to expand around the country. Current law in Wisconsin bars Tesla, and companies like them, from selling their cars in Wisconsin. At a time when the electric vehicle market is booming, Wisconsin law is holding our state back from taking advantage of this burgeoning technology. 

Some electric car manufacturers, such as Tesla, utilize a new business model in which vehicles are sold directly to consumers in stores, similar to the Apple Store.  As a result, they do not have affiliated dealers to compete with.  Current law does not allow Wisconsin consumers to purchase these vehicles in state, meaning they have to travel across state lines to test, purchase, or service their vehicles.  This means that we are losing out on the jobs, capital investment, and tax revenues associated with having electric car manufacturers, such as Tesla, selling their vehicles in the state.

There are currently over 1,500 Wisconsinites on a waiting list for Tesla’s Model 3 who will be forced to purchase their vehicle in a surrounding state, like Illinois, due to restrictions in current law. That is why Representative Rob Brooks and I are introducing a bill to amend the existing dealer franchise statute to allow for manufacturers of solely electric vehicles to sell their products directly to Wisconsin consumers.

The electric car industry is an evergrowing field that is expanding to meet market demand for these products. Wisconsin's antiquated statutes are leaving Wisconsin out of this emerging market and preventing consumers from purchasing this technology in our state. We have a chance to bring even more jobs, industry, and economic benefit to the State of Wisconsin by getting government out of the way of growth. 

Five Kapenga Bills Pass Senate
Several Kapenga bills are now heading to the Governors desk following the senate and assembly sessions this week.

On Tuesday, the Senate met to vote on dozens of bills including five bills I authored. Three bills are now heading to the governor for his signature, and two are heading to the Assembly for a vote. Two of the bills awaiting a signature are AB 280 and AB 283.  Both focus on helping Wisconsinites save more and develop healthy financial behaviors. AB 280 ensures that all students get access to financial literacy education in school, while preserving a school boards ability to create programs tailored to each districts individual needs.  AB 283 gives financial institutions the tools to conduct prize-linked savings promotions programs to help encourage savings among its members. Prize-linked savings have been proven to be effective in fostering new savings habits, specifically among the population who is not currently saving. The senate also sent AB 205 to the governor. One of the major drivers of state cost is the physical properties owned and leased by the state. AB 205 requires that the state conduct a cost-benefit analysis be completed prior to renewing or entering in to a new lease.

Additionally, the Assembly passed SB 285 and SB 221 to the governors desk for a signature as well. As virtual meeting technology continues to become more accessible, we can modernize our statutes to accommodate the new advances in technology. SB 285 would allow a corporation to hold shareholder meetings virtually by means of virtual communications, to accommodate shareholders with restrictions to attending the meeting in person. SB 221, adds a layer of accountability to state money that is given out for the purpose of helping people access work. The state provides loans to repair, or purchase vehicles to individuals who have issues accessing work. This bill requires that any recipient of the loan money have car insurance, a valid drivers license, and the legal ability to purchase a vehicle. 
Help Decorate the Capitol Christmas Tree!

Each year art teachers, parents, and youth all across Wisconsin help the State of Wisconsin decorate the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree by creating the ornaments that adorn the tree. The theme this year will be the Capitol’s 100th Birthday. 

Students are asked to make ornaments from non-breakable materials.  They must be strong enough to hold up during shipping and to be handled while the tree is being decorated. For these reasons, we recommend students do not use fragile items or paper cutouts that may tear easily. We suggest ornaments that are 4-6 inches in size and are made from a color that contrasts with the color of the tree so they can easily be seen and enjoyed by all visitors.

Anyone interested in sending Capitol’s 100th Birthday themed ornaments to decorate the tree should make their submission by Wednesday, November 22nd.

Please send Capitol’s 100th Birthday themed ornaments to:

Claire Franz
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities Management
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703

November Town Hall 

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 Friday, November 3rd, 2017
From The American Patriot's Almanac
1886 - Republican Ulysses S. Grant defeats democrat Horatio Seymour to become the eighteenth U.S. president.

1896 - Republican William McKinley defeats democrat William Jennings Bryan to become the twenty-fifth U.S. president.

1948 - The Chicago Daily Tribune announces "Dewey Defeats Truman" in a front-page headline, when in fact, Truman had come from behind to win the presidential race. 

1964 - Incumbent president Lyndon B. Johnson defeats Republican challenger Barry Goldwater.
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