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Senate Passes Internet Privacy Protection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:21

elderly-people-on-computerRepublicans in Washington voted to allow personal data to be tracked, stored and sold by internet service providers. Shilling proposal would block them from collecting personal information unless they obtain written consent. Bill now heads to Assembly.

MADISON, WI – Democrats in the State Senate were successful in restoring internet privacy rights in a vote on the Senate floor today. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and the full Senate Democratic caucus, will protect consumers from having personal data tracked, stored and sold by internet service providers. Several states have taken quick action to restore internet privacy rights after Republicans in Congress voted to repeal consumer privacy protections.

jennifer-shilling“These new safeguards will ensure that consumers, not out-of-state corporations, have the final say in how their personal information and internet data is shared,” said Sen. Shilling. “I’m glad that Democrats were able to protect Wisconsin families and prevent out-of-state corporations from profiting off big data collection and invasive internet surveillance. Thanks to our quick action in the Senate, children, families and seniors in Wisconsin will have the opportunity to protect their personal information.”

Senate Amendment 13 to Senate Bill 49 prohibits internet service providers from collecting the personal information of internet users unless they obtain express written consent from the customer. The proposal forbids internet providers and telecommunication companies from denying service to someone that refuses to approve the collection of their personal data. The bill must still pass the Assembly and be signed by the Governor before becoming law.

Celebrate Earth Day With Recycle More Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AROW, Meleesa Johnson   
Monday, 03 April 2017 16:19

earth_dayThe Celebration Starts April 3rd and Runs Through April 22nd.

STEVENS POINT, WI – Recycle More Wisconsin, a program of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, is offering residents opportunities to celebrate and promote recycling by taking part in state and nationwide Earth Day campaigns. Starting April 3, residents can take advantage of events and opportunities around the state and online to learn about recycling. These events lead up to Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

Wisconsin has a proud history of leadership in waste reduction, recycling and environmental protection.  AROW is extremely honored to be a part of that legacy at it celebrates Earth Day 2017.  “The work that AROW members do every day, ensuring recycling programs runs seamlessly and providing workable strategies to reduce waste, are critical to Gaylord Nelson’s idea that, ‘Every person has the inalienable right to a decent environment,’” stated Melessa Johnson, AROW’s President. “On Earth Day, and every day, AROW asks Wisconsinite’s to strive to reduce waste and recycle more.”

Connect Online

Starting April 3rd, the Recycle More Wisconsin Facebook page will be launching our statewide “Earth Day 2017” campaign by featuring images and facts that encourage individuals to recycle. The campaign will run right up to Earth Day on April 22 and we’ll use the hashtags #EarthDay2017 #RecycleMoreWI. More information is available at Join our campaign by sharing posts and utilizing the hashtags.

Events Around Wisconsin

Events will be happening all around the state to honor Earth Day. Organize your own event and let us know about it or find an event in your area by going to

Events include free tours at the City of Milwaukee/Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility on April 4th and 20th; a family friendly Earth Day celebration on April 23rd in St. Croix County; a highway cleanup in Dunn County on April 21st; and so much more. Go to our webpage for updated event information. Send an email with your event details to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Earth Day

Gaylord Nelson, a state Senator who grew up in Northern Wisconsin, founded Earth Day to make people aware of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and people made promises to help the environment and make positive changes in their communities. More information is available at and


About the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW)

Founded in 1990, AROW is a 501(c)(3) association representing Wisconsin’s recycling, waste reduction and sustainability professionals with members from local government, businesses and non-profit groups. The organization provides leadership through education, advocacy, and collaboration and promotes effective, efficient and sustainable material recovery initiatives. For details on AROW, its positions and programs visit

Protect the Constitution from a Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 03 April 2017 11:09

liberty-bellSome in our Legislature want an Article 5 Constitutional Convention for a "Balanced Budget" amendment, but once opened, those at the convention would not be bound to that proposal and the liberties and freedoms we hold dear, even our system of government, could be changed.

Sen. Dave Hansen on the Passing of Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 31 March 2017 15:49

Mike AubingerThe passing of Mike Aubinger will leave a void not only in the lives of his family and all who knew him, but in every resident of Ashwaubenon and the Green Bay area.

GREEN BAY - We learned today that Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger has died. According to local FOX 11 News, Ashwaubenon clerk/treasurer Patrick Moynihan Jr. made the announcement Friday morning.

Only yesterday, we learned from the Green Bay Press Gazette that Aubinger had taken an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons. Aubinger had been ill for several weeks before submitting a letter on Monday requesting leave.

Aubinger, who suffered from melanoma, a type of skin cancer, was replaced on an interim basis by Trustee Mary Kardoskee as village president.

Green Bay State Senator Dave Hansen released the following statement on the local leader:

dave-hansen“The passing of Mike Aubinger will leave a void not only in the lives of his family and all who knew him, but in every resident of Ashwaubenon and the Green Bay area whether or not they ever had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know him.

“That’s because we have all benefitted from the leadership he provided, not only as the President of the Village of Ashwaubenon, but as person who used his considerable talents and knowledge to improve the quality of life for all who live here. Whether your child attended a public school in Ashwaubenon, you or your family used a local library in Brown County, read The Press, or own or work at a business in Ashwaubenon you likely have benefitted from Mike’s tireless efforts to improve our area’s quality of life.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family and friends.”

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