Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Expanding Opportunity and Improving Efficiency

As we continue to wrap up the current legislative session, I would like to continue highlighting important bills that are high priorities for me. Thus far, I have highlighted bills regarding alternative budgeting, defunding Planned Parenthood, legal reform, and welfare fraud penalties. Today, I would like to talk about two other bills that are moving through the committee process this week:

School Accreditation Bill
On Wednesday, Senate Bill 467 was approved by the Senate Committee on Education by a 4-3 vote. This bill adds Christian Schools International to the list of approved accrediting agencies for the statewide school choice program and the special needs scholarship program. The corresponding Assembly bill was recommended by the Assembly Committee on Education by a vote of 11-5. Therefore, both the Senate and Assembly bills are available for the next floor session.

Consolidation of Grants for Worker Training Programs
Earlier today, another important bill I authored, Senate Bill 596, received a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs. This bill consolidates several of the Department of Workforce Development's (DWD) grants for worker training programs. This will allow the agency to use funds for workforce education more efficiently, improve Wisconsin's economic outlook, and increase opportunities for displaced workers to find a job.

Looking ahead to next week, both houses of the Legislature will remain busy with committee hearings. Be sure to check out next week's e-update for a complete summary. As always, if you have any thoughts or opinions on any of the bills we are considering, feel free to call me at (608) 266-9174 or email me at

New Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

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 or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Today in History

1878 - The first commercial telephone exchange is installed in New Haven, Connecticut, serving 21 subscribers with eight lines.
1915 - Congress creates the U.S. Coast Guard.
1916 - Louis D. Brandeis is appointed to the Supreme Court by Woodrow Wilson, becoming the high court's first Jewish member.
1934 - America's first ski lift opens in Woodstock, Vermont  a tow rope pulled by a Model T engine.
1986 - The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
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