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Four Bills Become Law

On Tuesday, Governor Walker signed 58 bills into law, four of which I authored. They address a number of issues ranging from property rights to budget reform, and it was great to work with fellow Waukesha County legislators to produce positive reforms.

Senate Bill 344, coauthored by Representative Dave Craig (R-Big Bend), creates a legal tool for land owners to interrupt adverse possession from reaching a period where a squatter can take ownership of land to which they do not hold the title. This commonsense law will give property owners certainty and peace of mind when settling property disputes.

Senate Bill 407, (the BASE Act), coauthored by Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), requires state agencies to include in their biennial budget requests plans to reduce their spending by five percent and to maintain current spending levels for all state operations, with a few exceptions. Properly right-sizing government requires continually looking at ways to evaluate the effectiveness of every dollar spent and eliminating inefficiencies within our budgets. The BASE Act takes a significant step toward improving transparency in our budget process by giving legislators the necessary tools to examine how agencies prioritize spending.

Senate Bill 408, coauthored by Representative Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin), places a reasonable cap on liability for adult sponsors of minors involved in a motor vehicle accident to the higher of either $300,000 for one accident or the limits of any insurance. This was important because when parents sign the sponsorship for their child to drive, they often unknowingly take on unlimited liability for their child's actions behind the wheel. This bill strikes a reasonable balance between protecting unsuspecting parents from financial ruin and ensuring that victims receive fair compensation for damages.

Senate Bill 422, also coauthored by Representative Mike Kuglitsch, counters an effort by Washington, D.C. to redefine the long-established joint employer standard. This law will protect thousands of small business franchises across Wisconsin from being subject to more burdensome and costly regulations from the federal government.


To view the entire list of bills signed into law on Tuesday, click here.
Meeting Constituents in the District and in Madison
It was a busy week in Madison and back in the district. Many groups had their legislative days, where members of various associations visit the Capitol to speak with their legislators in order to voice their opinions on and concerns with different pieces of legislation.
One group that I had the pleasure of meeting with was the Waukesha Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol. These men and women are part of a group of more than 900 statewide volunteers who perform missions for America in the areas of emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs. They provided me with interesting insight into what their organization does and I am grateful for their service. Semper Vigilans!
In addition to the many meetings I had in Madison on Tuesday and Wednesday, County Board Chairman Paul Decker, Representative Cindi Duchow, and I held a town hall meeting in Delafield on Wednesday night. We enjoyed taking questions and discussing current events with all of the constituents who attended. Thank you to everyone who took the time to be there!
Area Schools Visit the Capitol
Thank you to Dousman Elementary for visiting the Capitol on Wednesday!
Thank you to Hadfield Elementary for visiting the Capitol on Wednesday!
Touring the Capitol is a great activity if you are looking for sightseeing activities during your visit to Madison. If you are interested in visiting the Capitol, reach out to my office at (608) 266-9174 or visit tours.wisconsin.gov to learn more.

Take My Survey

As mentioned last week, I am currently conducting a spring survey. Based on your responses, my office will be working on your priorities over the summer months to prepare for next session. If you already completed the survey, additional responses will be omitted from the final results. If you have not, please take a few minutes to let me know what you think.
Take My Spring Survey

Town Hall Meeting Saturday

Please join me for one of my town hall meetings in March, April, or May. During these meetings, I will be available to answer questions and hear from you about important issues at the state and local levels.

As always, if you are unable to attend these office hours, and you have any comments or questions, please email me at Sen.Kapenga@legis.wi.gov or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Today in History

 
1789 - The U.S. Constitution goes into effect as the first session of Congress meets in New York City.
1791 - Vermont becomes the fourteenth state.
1829 - The White House is overrun with partygoers when Andrew Jackson holds an "open house" to celebrate his inauguration.
1837 - The Illinois legislature grants a city charter to Chicago.
1865 - Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address.
1933 - Francis Perkins, secretary of labor in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, becomes the first woman to serve in the cabinet.
Connect with Chris
SenatorKapenga.com

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
Local Events
Congressman Sensenbrenner's
Town Hall

Saturday, March 5
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Hartland Village Hall

Lake Country Community Fest
Saturday, March 12
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kettle Moraine High School

Delafield Community Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Town of Delafield Sports
Commons

Waukesha Town Hall
Wednesday, April 13
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waukesha Town Hall

Ottawa Town Hall
Wednesday, May 4
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Town of Ottawa Town Hall
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