State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2018
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Wanggaard Bill Targeting Human Traffickers Passes

My bill making it easier to find and arrest human traffickers passed the Legislature this week, and is on its way to Governor Walker's desk. Senate Bill 541 allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) to quickly learn who is using a hotel room for human trafficking. The bill builds on the success of Alicia’s Law, which led to the arrest of over 400 sexual predators of children in 2017.
Given the overlap between child sex crimes and human and sex trafficking this bill just makes sense.  Alicia’s Law has probably been the single most effective tool targeting sex crimes that passed in decades. I expect to see similar results with this bill.
Senate Bill 541 allows the DOJ to issue administrative subpoenas to hotels to obtain basic guest information if there is a reasonable suspicion of human trafficking activity. To seek this information, DOJ must currently draft a search warrant, and seek a judge’s approval, which can take several hours. Additionally, under current law, administrative subpoenas can only be used for child sex crimes.
Senate Bill 541 can be a tremendous tool to get ahead of these crimes. Wisconsin, in particular the I-94 corridor in Kenosha and Racine County, is a hotbed for both human and sex trafficking. We need to do more to prevent this heinous crime from occurring, and we must find ways to rescue victims more quickly.
Attorney General Brad Schimel helped draft the bill, which has the support of law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association. Hotels are often unknowing and unwilling participants of human trafficking rings. 

Wisconsin Works for Everyone- Welfare Reform
Heading to Governor for Signature

On Tuesday, February 20th, the Senate passed a welfare reform package aimed toward moving people from relying on government to government independence and into the workforce.

Some of the changes include: work requirements for FoodShare participants, job training and job search assistance, substance abuse assistance and child support requirements for those on public benefits and creating a savings account program in Medicaid, which gives participants more of an active role in their healthcare choices.

The nine pieces of legislation passed during the Senate Special Session on Welfare Reform are tools that can be used to prevent welfare fraud and abuse, while promoting personal accountability and responsibility.

Introducing the New Foxconn Website

There is a new website for one stop information on Foxconn.  The new website provides information on Project Construction, which announces informational sessions around the state to connect with potential subcontractors who may be interested in supporting the construction portion of the project; the Supply Chain Marketplace for those hoping to do business with Foxconn and the Wisconn Valley News, which outlines project status, road updates and next steps.  For more information visit the new website at:

In District

On Monday, February 19, 2018, I joined several of my legislative colleagues in participating in the Kenosha Area Chamber Legislative Breakfast.  More than 100 people were in attendance, including county and local officials.  We discussed several topics, including: the Dark Store legislation, work force training and retention, housing, and issues surrounding the Foxconn project. 
Wilmot Mountain 80th Anniversary

On February 10th, I joined Representative Kerkman at the 80th Anniversary Celebration for Wilmot Mountain.  We presented Wilmot with a legislative citation honoring their 80 year history of skiing and snowboarding.

At the Capitol

Last week Dan and Robyn Fedrigon of Mount Pleasant received the Hometown Hero Award for their work as foster parents.  Amazingly, the Fedrigons have fostered more than 100 children over the past 11 years, while also caring for their own six children.  Utilizing Robyn's medical background, they are able to specialize in caring for premature newborns and babies with medical needs.  I am so happy this amazing couple could be recognized for their selflessness. Thank you Dan and Robyn!

On Tuesday, February 20th, I had a chance to meet with Andrea Donegan (Burlington) and Jennifer Holle (Burlington) regarding education issues during School Counselors annual legislative day at the Capitol.

The AP Government class from Union Grove High School visited the Capitol this week to watch the Supreme Court in action. 
Issue 105
Friday, February 23, 2018

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Taste of Burlington
Veterans Terrace
February 23rd

Spaghetti Dinner
Christ Lutheran Church
Paddock Lake
February 24th

Strike Out Homelessness
Castle Lanes
February 25th

Cub Scout Pancake Breakfast
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February 25th

2018 Career Fair
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Student Center Ballroom
February 28th

40th Annual Spaghetti Dinner
St Charles Church
March 3rd

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