State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Four Strikes Bill has Hearing in the Assembly


A hearing was held this week in the Assembly Transportation Committee on bills I co-authored, Assembly Bill 197/ Senate Bill 135, which requires revocation of operating privilege for certain offenses related to operating while intoxicated.

 Capitol Christmas Tree

The 2017 State Capitol Christmas Tree is up.  The centennial tree is a 40-foot Balsam fir donated by Jim Ryf of Emery, Wisconsin.  The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association provided harvesting and transportation.  Public and private schools throughout Wisconsin donated the handmade ornaments that adorn the tree, which is illuminated by two thousand multicolored LED lights. It's beautiful!

Taping Segment on Marsy's Law at Wisconsin Eye

On Tuesday I participated in a panel discussion with Attorney General Schimel, Teri Jendusa Nicolai, an assault survivor and State Chair of Marsy's Law for Wisconsin, and Keanira Damron-Stine, a childhood abuse survivor and Marsy's Law supporter.

Marsy’s Law is a constitutional amendment which will more closely align the constitutional rights of victims in Wisconsin with their offenders. For a long time, Wisconsin has been recognized as a leader in victims’ rights. Unfortunately, since we first adopted our constitutional amendment in 1993, Wisconsin has fallen nationally.
I have authored Senate Joint Resolution 53, to elevate the rights of victims so that in the eyes of the law, the rights of a victim are more comparable to those rights of a defendant. A victim should have a voice in in the judicial process, and the right to be treated fairly, and with dignity and respect. A criminal should not be able to harass a victim throughout the legal process. This legislation will help prevent criminals from revictimizing their victims. 
Marsy’s Law has the support of every major law enforcement agency in the state, along with Attorney General Schmiel, and most district attorneys. Marsy's Law successfully passed the Legislature this fall and will need to pass another session of the Legislature before heading to voters.  That could be as soon as April 2019.

In the District

I was honored to present a Legislative Citation to Dan Johnson of Danny's Meats and Catering.  Dan is opening a new event center at the former Roundabout Bar and Steakhouse.  Dan is a standup guy and valuable member of our community.  He co-hosts the annual Rendering Thanks Thanksgiving feast where more than 3000 people from all walks of life have come together for a free meal, exciting entertainment and overall sense of strong community partnership.  Keep up the great work Dan!

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of speaking with the Cub Scouts from Troop 296 regarding citizenship in the community.  Fine group of scouts!

On Friday, December 1st, I attended the celebratory contract signing for Foxconn.  Pictured with Dr. Louis Woo, Special Assistant to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou; Dave Degroot, Mount Pleasant Village President and Representative Peter Barca.

Last Friday I also had the opportunity to attend a presentation at Giese Elementary in Racine.  The fourth grade class presented their research projects to guests and Mrs. Jensen's fifth grade class (pictured above).  Good job students!

Representative Tom Weatherston and I spoke at the Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine meeting on Wednesday, December 6th.  Happy we were able to provide an update on Foxconn and the most recent state budget and enjoy a delicious meal with members.

On Thursday I was honored to speak at the Pearl Harbor Day remembrance at the Veterans Home in Union Grove.  I met many fine people, including George Norton.  George served in the Army Air Corps and is a 97 year old survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack.  He is a recipient of the Navy Cross for his service during World War II.  George was joined at the event by his sons, Lorne and Gary.
Issue 97
Friday, December 8, 2017
Merry Christmas from the Wanggaards!

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Local Events

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Spectacular
Racine Zoo
November 12-December 31st

Downtown Racine Holiday Tour
Christmas House, Racine
November- December 20th

Dover Christmas Tree Lighting
Dover Town Hall
December 8th

Holiday Steel Drum Concert
Fountain Banquet Hall
December 8th

Breakfast with Santa
Wruck Beach Pavilion
Prairie Springs Park
December 9th

Annual Holiday Cookie Walk
Pleasant Prairie Village Hall
December 9th

Battle Gingerbread
Northside Library, Kenosha
December 16th

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

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