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First Save Our Water Listening Session Successful PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:36

clean-drinking-waterMilwaukee session offered concerned citizens and water experts an opportunity to discuss the varied and growing threats to our shared waters and to learn about the crucial steps needed to best safeguard them.


MADISON, WI - Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) and Rep. Jonathon Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) held the first listening session of their Save Our Water Tour, which accompanies the reintroduction of the Save Our Water Act (Senate Bill 176). The listening session offered an opportunity for concerned citizens and water experts to discuss the varied and growing threats to our shared waters and to learn about the crucial steps needed to best safeguard our waters. Future listening sessions are being planned for Appleton and Madison.

“We live in perilous times where climate change, lead, invasive species, overuse, pollution, and privatization threaten our shared waters,” said Sen. Chris Larson. "As we learned today from water experts and our neighbors, these growing threats to our water cannot be ignored. Today’s listening session made it clear that we must protect our water as an invaluable resource and safeguard access to clean water as a basic human right in order to ensure the health, safety, and security of our communities."

amanda-stuck“Water is one of Wisconsin’s most precious resources, something which we all rely on whether living in big cities like Milwaukee, along once polluted rivers like Appleton, or relying on ground water for drinking and agriculture, our abundance of water is something that sets our state apart,” said Rep. Amanda Stuck. "We heard from many people about the challenges facing our water and the need for Legislators to work on efforts to increase the quantity, quality, and sustainability of our fresh water in Wisconsin."

“Water is a fundamental and sacred human right, plain and simple," said Rep. Jonathan Brostoff. "That right is more important than the profits of the already wealthy out-of-state shadow interest groups that are putting Wisconsin communities at risk for their own short-term gains. This bill is a clear statement of our values: The people of Wisconsin come first.”

Last session, Republican legislators pushed for a bill to allow out-of-state, for-profit companies to come into Wisconsin and buy up our public water utilities, even limiting transparency and citizens’ ability to stop such takeovers. While the bill passed the State Assembly, it never received a vote in the State Senate and did not become law. Sen. Larson and Rep. Stuck introduced the Save Our Water Act, an anti-privatization legislation in response and were joined by Representative Brostoff in reintroducing that legislation this session. The GOP takeover bill, combined with the tragedy in Flint have helped build awareness to the threats facing our water.

 
Almost Sunrise Film Screened at Wisconsin State Capitol PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 21 April 2017 13:24

veterans_army_medicHaving a discussion about moral injury and how we treat PTSD in veterans can only improve our policy decisions.


Madison – Almost Sunrise, a feature length documentary film featuring two Wisconsin Veterans from Milwaukee, will be screened in the Wisconsin State Capitol Monday, April 24th at 2pm in room 411 South.

jon-erpenbachFollowing the screening Anthony Anderson, featured in the film, will discuss the movie and answer questions. Invited are members of the Legislature, Legislative Service agencies, staff, media, local veterans and the public.

“Our veteran communities deserve every opportunity to succeed and a fair Legislature examines how we can get there. I am honored to be able to host a screening of this important film. As we look for more creative ways to support veterans in our communities, the work of this film and the Veterans Trek helps us explore what works. Having a discussion about moral injury and how we treat PTSD in veterans can only improve our policy decisions,” said Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).

Almost Sunrise website: http://sunrisedocumentary.com/

Almost Sunrise - Trailer - POV 2017 | PBS

Wisconsin State Capitol Screening of Almost Sunrise

2pm, Monday April 24th, Room 411 South

Open to the public

The Almost Sunrise website offers visitors and veterans to learn about moral injury, promote wellness, connect with communities, and to help change legislation.

 
Garbage Dump - Brown County's Next Environmental Nightmare? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Deslauriers, Green Bay   
Friday, 21 April 2017 11:10

green-bay-citydeckBrown County's proposed Town of Holland landfill site will dump over 8 Million cubic yards of waste at the head of the East River impacting communities and the environment downstream in De Pere, Allouez, and Green Bay.

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Larson, Stuck, Brostoff Kick off Save Our Water Tour in Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:51

clean-drinking-waterListening session Thursday at UWM allows public discussion on water issues affecting communities along with expert testimony.


MADISON - Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) and Rep. Jonathon Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) announce first listening session of their Save Our Water Tour, which accompanies the reintroduction of the Save Our Water Act.

Clean drinking water is a basic human right, and control of our shared waters by profit seekers is undemocratic and jeopardizes our health, freedom, and prosperity. The Save Our Water Tour will allow for public discussion on water issues affecting our communities along with expert testimony to be presented on the threats facing our waters.

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