Highlights from Beth's first session: Constituent Outreach – One of the most rewarding parts of representing Northern Wisconsin is hearing from constituents from all over the district. Listening to the issues that matter most to you is a crucial part of my job. I truly appreciate everyone who has taken the time visit to me at my listening sessions, legislative visits in Madison, or when I’m out and about in our community.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Taskforce - I had the honor to serve on the Speaker’s Taskforce on Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The task force recommended a series of important proposals to improve training for caregivers, fund vital research, and expand care. This legislative package has the opportunity to improve the lives of the thousands of Wisconsinites affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Madeline Island Legislation - Wisconsin Act 146, which I was proud to co-author with Sen. Bewley, ensures that Madeline Island is able to enact its own shoreland zoning standards. At a time when local control has been under attack, this bill ensures that the people of Madeline Island, and not politicians in Madison, make important decisions about shoreland zoning. This was my first legislative proposal which became law.
Shoreland Zoning Legislation – The State Budget made sweeping changes to Wisconsin’s shoreline zoning regulations and essentially stripped local control away from county government. Listening to the Lake Associations, the counties in Northern Wisconsin, and constituents, I along with my colleagues introduced legislation to restore the power to the local experts.
Microbead Legislation – We need to do all we can to protect our Great Lakes, and I am proud that I co-authored and voted for legislation that will ban tiny bits of plastic known as microbeads. They are typically found in facial scrubs and toothpaste and absorb pollutants such as DDT and PCBs, which have significant risks to fish and human health. A microbead ban was enacted and became law.