As we close out 2015 and look ahead to 2016, I'd like to share with you what we've accomplished in the Legislature during the past year. It was an exciting year in Madison, and our conservative reforms continued to move Wisconsin in the right direction.
Inauguration: In January, I began my third term as your state representative.
Right-to-Work: Wisconsin became a right-to-work state in March with the signing of the first act of the legislative session. As a strong proponent of worker freedom, I was a lead author of this bill in the Assembly.
Prevailing Wage Repeal: Every odd numbered year, the Legislature is responsible for passing a biennial budget. In July, we passed a budget that eliminated nearly all of Wisconsin's outdated prevailing wage laws.
Sanctity of Life: Also in July, we worked to help those least able to help themselves by passing legislation that banned all abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy, protecting the lives of innocent, unborn children.
Inauguration to Senate: On August 6th, following a special election, I took the oath of office to serve as your state senator in the 33rd Senate district.
Hard at Work: Following my inauguration to the Senate, I immediately began working again, introducing numerous conservative bills, including two that protect the sanctity of life by defunding Planned Parenthood, one that holds government accountable through honest GAAP accounting, and another limiting government growth by requiring agencies to submit budget proposals that actually reduce spending.
Reforming the GAB: Following years of bias and corruption, the GAB was in desperate need of reform, so in November we passed legislation reforming the agency into separate, bipartisan ethics and elections commissions.
Looking ahead to 2016, there are a number of positive reforms working their way through the legislative process. Stay tuned to my upcoming e-updates for more details. Happy New Year!