State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
According to researchers at the University of Scranton, 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year.
Among the top resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping smoking. Also popular are resolutions about money management and debt reduction.
I was honored to be at Governor Scott Walker's Inauguration at the State Capitol today. As I listened to the profound words of his speech, my mind wandered back in time to the days that Scott and I carpooled to the capitol. I am very fond of Governor Walker and immensely proud of the words he chose for his inaugural speech.
Shortly after taking the oath of office, Governor Walker called the legislature into Special Session to consider seven bills. I am a sponsor of each of the bills, and I am pleased to get to work immediately implementing Governor Walker's jobs agenda. Here is a brief description of each bill on the Governor's Executive Order and links to five of the bill drafts.
1. Creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Governor Walker released additional bills for the special session on jobs. I am pleased to sponsor the additional bills.
Here are links to the bills:
This week included many Wisconsin State Capitol highlights with none better than Monday witnessing the oath of office of Governor Walker, and the oath of office of half of the State Senate. This years Wisconsin State Senate oath of office included eight new State Senators and passing the gavel from the Democrats to the Republicans.
Tuesday morning I, along with my Legislative Council Co-Chair Representative Joan Ballweg, welcomed new legislators in the State Senate and State Assembly to the start of three days of training. It is great to meet so many new people eager and ready to work hard representing their constituents. I was able to sneak back into the training later in the day to hear a presentation entitled, The Art of Public Speaking and History's Greatest Speeches.
Wednesday included a caucus meeting and a briefing about Governor Walker's Special Session. The Senate Republican Caucus is eager to forward Governor Walker's jobs bill. We all want to be the lead sponsor of his initiatives, too bad we have to share! I am pleased to be a sponsor of each of Governor Walker's bill proposals. Wednesday I also met with my Legislative Co Chair Representative Joan Ballweg and the Director of the Legislative Council, Terry Anderson, to discuss Legislative Council Study Committees. It was a long and productive meeting.
One of my Thursday meetings was with the Director of the Government Accountability Board, Kevin Kennedy. We discussed implementing voter ID and a number of other election issues. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections, I am making voter ID a priority.
Brandon Elkert’s Eagle Scout ceremony was Saturday January 8, 2011.
I presented a citation to Brandon Elkert at the special ceremony. It reads:
Zachary Andes’s Eagle Scout ceremony was Saturday, January 8, 2011.
I presented a citation to Zachary Andes at the special ceremony. It reads:
Whereas, Zachary Andes is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop Nine, and through dedication and commitment attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and
Schoeneck Containers Incorporated, New Berlin, is nominated for the 2010 Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Medium and Sustainability Category. Schoeneck Containers is an excellent company that has made outstanding contributions to the community.
Congratulations to Schoeneck Containters!
First Order. Call of Roll.
Second Order. Chief clerk's entries.