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Jail Death Transparency Act Will Increase Trust, Justice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:15

courthouseDeaths occurring in our jailing facilities are often handled internally by correctional facilities. This legislation establishes a clear standard of transparency after an inmate’s death.

State Republicans Propose 'Permitless Carry' Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:44

school_shooting_sandy_hookIn wake of mass shootings, GOP wants to arm more teenagers.

MADISON, WI – As gun lobbyists push to expand access to firearms across the country, Wisconsin Republicans announced their plan to allow dangerous individuals to carry firearms without a permit or background check. The “Permitless Carry” proposal by Wisconsin Republicans would lower the age to carry a concealed weapon and give dangerous individuals greater access to firearms. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

jennifer-shilling“Gun violence in Wisconsin is a public health crisis. I don’t hear anyone clamoring to put more painkillers on the street to combat opioid abuse, so why do Republicans think more guns in the hands of dangerous criminals will make our communities safer? Allowing anyone to carry a loaded, concealed firearm in public without any safety training or a simple background check is completely irresponsible.

“The overwhelming majority of Wisconsin residents agree that responsible individuals who want to carry a concealed weapon should go through a background check and obtain a permit. Too many men, women and children have already died as a result of gun violence. Rather than putting more guns in the hands of dangerous individuals, we should protect families and communities by closing the gun show loophole, strengthening background checks and keeping guns off school property.”

Constitutional Convention Puts All Citizen Rights at Risk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:07

united-states-constitutionWisconsin legislators to meet Tuesday to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Non-partisan League of Women Voters calls it a reckless proposal and urges action to stop it now.

MADISON - State lawmakers today are considering proposals calling for a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We understand people’s concerns about rising federal debt, but this is the wrong way to tackle that problem and a particularly dangerous path to take. The League will be testifying at the hearing.

There are three key reasons to reject this proposal:  1) it imperils all citizen rights that are currently protected in the Constitution; 2) it weakens our ability as a nation to respond to unforeseen emergencies; and 3) it robs states, like ours, of the ability to meet the changing needs of our cities and counties.

A Constitutional amendments (Article V) convention could go in many different directions, regardless of Wisconsin lawmakers’ efforts to restrict the role of our own state’s delegates. It would put at risk every citizen right protected in the Constitution, including such things as voting rights and freedom of speech.

Second, a balanced budget requirement could have drastic economic consequences. It would put the federal government in a position where it could not respond to an economic recession or a national disaster without increasing taxes – right when fewer people might be working. That's when a tax increase would hurt the most!

Finally, our nation is changing, and that change is taking place in every state and every district. Our Constitution is more than 200 years old. It has served us well, with amendments added individually as needed. It has afforded us the flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing needs of the American people.

Contact your state legislators and tell them a Constitutional Convention to pass a balanced federal budget is a reckless proposal, and it should be rejected.

To find your own legislatorsclick here and enter your address under "Find My Legislators" next to the little green map of Wisconsin.

You could also contact the committee chairs who are holding todays hearing:
--Sen.David Craig - 608-266-5400,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Rep. Tyler Vorpagel - 608- 266-8530,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deliberate Sabotage Threatens Health Coverage PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:20

americanhealthcareactWith repeal efforts in Washington on hold for now, the biggest immediate threat to affordable health coverage may be sabotage by the Trump Administration, Congress, and states like Wisconsin.

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