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May 1
· Milwaukee Fire Department and Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin team up for Join Hands Day
WHERE: Milwaukee Safety Academy 6680 North Teutonia Avenue—Parking Lot, Gym and Room 182 WHAT: Volunteer Respite Event DETAILS: The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) and Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin (CSSW) have teamed up for the Society’s monthly Volunteer Respite Event. MFD will help facilitate the event at the Milwaukee Safety Academy this Saturday, which is also Join Hands Day, a nationally recognized volunteer day. Approximately 13 MFD personnel will be onsite, including an engine company, paramedic unit and the Survive Alive mobile unit, to educate 75 special-needs children on fire safety issues. “The Volunteer Respite Event is a great partnership between a public and private entity coming together to improve the health and safety of our community,” said Ellen Anderson, respite care coordinator for CSSW. This month’s Volunteer Respite Event is expecting 100-130 volunteers, and 75 children comprised of special-needs kids and their siblings. Each child is matched with one or two volunteers and this year’s volunteer base consist of high school students, and employees from WE Energies, Catholic Family Life Insurance and Catholic Knights. At the event, there will also be five nurses and four behavioral specialists to assist with children. Throughout the day, children will partake in activities such as arts and crafts, table games, bingo, face painting and much more. All the children present at the event range in ages from infant to 18 years old. In addition, their challenges range from sight and hearing impairment, cognitive and developmental delays, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and much more. Contact:Tiffany Wynn Milwaukee Fire Department Fire Public Relations Manager Office: 414-286-5241 Cell: 414-397-8591 Fax: 414-286-8996 ttwynn@milwaukee.gov/> www.milwaukee.gov/mfd
   State Government
· Supreme Court Open Administrative Conference
Supreme Court Hearing Room, State Capitol. 3 p.m.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen, Rep. Danou hold law enforcement roundtable County Boardroom, 407 S. Second St., Alma.
· AG Van Hollen, Sen. Kapanke, Reps. Huebsch, Shilling hold law enforcement roundtable Law Enforcement Center – Room 1401, 333 Vine St., La Crosse.
· Lake Michigan Student Summit
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee. First Lake Michigan Student Summit Comes Ashore May 1 in Milwaukee More than 100 southeastern Wisconsin students and their teachers will join regional experts for the first Lake Michigan Student Summit Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., a one-day event focused on fostering youth leadership and stewardship on the issue of local water conservation. Students and educators from 18 schools in seven southeastern Wisconsin cities (Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Franklin, Shorewood, River Hills and Waukesha) will share ideas as well as participate in action projects and field trips. Working alongside water professionals, students will look at the future of water conservation through a Great Lakes lens and develop a “Statement of Stewardship and Action” to be presented to their school leaders and the eight Great Lakes’ governors and provincial leaders. Working alongside water professionals, students will look at the future of water conservation through a Great Lakes lens and develop a “Statement of Stewardship and Action” to be presented to their school leaders as well as the eight Great Lakes governors and two provincial premiers responsible for making key decisions about future uses of Great Lakes water. The students will hear presentations and work on projects with a variety of regional experts including representatives from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Milwaukee Water Works, Concordia University, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the City of Milwaukee’s Public Works Department and Office of Sustainability. “Students who are armed with the facts and are empowered to act hold the key to a brighter future for the Great Lakes,” said Stephanie Smith, education director for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “The summit’s format engages youth in learning about Great Lakes water conservation, and in taking action to help protect this treasured resource in our own back yard.” The event will take place in the morning at the Milwaukee Public Museum, with participants moving to Discovery World in the afternoon. From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. students will participate in special activities, among them trip aboard the Iroquois, an excursion boat that cruises the Milwaukee Harbor and Lake Michigan. “Having worked on this project for a semester, the students are more educated on water issues globally and locally than the majority of the population,” said Alliance Outreach Coordinator Todd Brennan, who led discussions and activities at the participating schools. The students will focus on new approaches to water resources as they explore water’s role in ecosystem management, emerging pollutants and energy conservation. “This is not a routine field trip,” said Brennan. “This is a collaboration of concerned young citizens working with the latest information from water professionals to make their voices heard and commitments known.” Water conservation is an important issue in the Great Lakes region. A one-time gift from the glaciers, the Great Lakes are a vast but largely non-renewable resource. Everyone living within the Great Lakes drainage basin relies on the lakes for drinking water. As many as 26 million people depend on the water withdrawn directly from the lakes, while 11 million people tap ground water as it drains into Great Lakes tributaries. Water is fast-becoming the world’s most sought-after resource, with states and countries already scrambling to find solutions to serious shortages. Here in the water-rich Great Lakes region, the states worked with the U.S. Congress and Senate last year to adopt the Great Lakes Compact - legal protections aimed at bolstering water conservation and preventing harmful water withdrawals from the lakes. The Alliance is co-hosting the summit in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin and Global Youth Leadership Institute. The summit is funded by The Palmer Foundation. Contact: Stephanie Smith: 312-497-1049 (cell) Todd Brennan: 414-559-0317 (cell) 8 a.m.
· Madison May Day rally
Brittingham Park, Madison. May Day in Madison: March for the poor, immigrants & workers! Madison, WI. The Immigrant Workers Union (IWU) among some 30 organizations will organize a Rally on May 1st from Brittingham Park beginning at 11am. The rally will honor the spirit of the International Workers Day. As the Dane County Resolution RES. 347, 06-07 states “International Workers’ Day” (El día del trabajo) to recognize their right to work, their right to a living wage, their right to humane and safe working conditions, and their right to be protected from abuse[…]”[i] The theme of the rally this year is “The March for the poor, immigrants & workers”. The broad coalition of organizations are calling for the community to get out and stick together for common demands like the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, the withdrawal of the bus fare increase, paid sick leave and the end of sheriff Mahoney’s collaboration with I.C.E. This rally is part of the National Day of Action for Immigration Reform and the International Workers Day that is celebrated in most of world. This year’s rally has special meaning for the organizers as “it is the first year of Obama, and he already announced immigration reform to be discussed in this fall, now we need to be sure he is passing a progressive reform” says Jorge Carrera, member of Immigrant Workers Union. The event will start at the Brittingham Park at 11am and will follow with a march down West Washington Ave until the first stop at the Capital Square by the State St. entrance. At the capital some speakers will address some of the State and Federal demands. Right after that, the protesters will march to the Dane County building where the rest of the event will take place. This closing point of the rally will feature key speakers like Luis Rodriguez [ii]from Los Angeles, music groups and other activities that will address the local issues highlighting the current campaign against Sheriff Mahoney’s continued reporting of undocumented workers to I.C.E. and the recent Bus Fare increase by mayor Dave Cieslewicz. The complete list of demands is: For the Immigrants: Immigrant access to identification and drivers licenses, Amnesty for immigrant workers, Stop sheriff notification to ICE, No firings for Social Security no match letters. For the Workers: Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, Universal health care now, Mandatory paid sick leave, A living wage. For the Poor: Halt foreclosures and evictions, increase funding for Section 8 housing, Free university tuition for low-income students, No increase in bus fares, a living wage for W-2 workers, Real funding for public schools. The complete list of endorsers is: Immigrant Workers Union , Workers International League , International Socialist Organization , AFSCME Local 171 , South Central Federation of Labor , Liberty Tree , Four Lakes Green Party , Student Progressive Dane , Student Labor Action Coalition , GEF 1 Stewards Committee , AFSCME Local 145 , State Employees Action Coalition , Latino Law Students Association , AFSCME Local 333 , Peregrine Forum , Progressive Dane , IBEW Local 2304 , Madison Area Peace Coalition , The Progressive Magazine , The Workers' Rights Center , Freedom, Inc , MEChA , Industrial Workers of the World , Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice , Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative , Madison InfoShop , Madison Area Bus Advocates , UW Multicultural Student Coalition , AFSCME Local 2412 (UW-M campus Admin. Support workers , Madison Branch Women's Int'l League for Peace and Freedom , More information in the Official Website of the rally www.maydayinmadison.org Contact: Yvonne Geerts 608/335-0357, Alex Gillis (608) 345-9544 11 a.m.
· RPW State Convention
La Crosse Center and Radisson Hotel, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse.
· The Progressive 100th Anniversary Conference
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison.
· U.S. Rep. Ryan holds passport fair
Mercy Health Mall, 1010 N. Washington St., Janesville. To Help Travelers Get Answers, Prepare for Future Trips First District Congressman Paul Ryan will be hosting passport fairs in Janesville and Greendale on Friday, May 1st in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service to help residents of the First Congressional District who will be traveling outside the country get answers to their passport questions and begin the process of applying for a passport. In recent years, Americans traveling outside the country have experienced major delays in obtaining passports as the State Department has struggled to meet growing demand for passports in light of new security regulations for air travel implemented under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI, requiring most U.S. citizens re-entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry (in addition to those traveling by air) to have a Passport or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. In a significant change for many Wisconsinites, hunters and fishermen driving north to Canada will soon be required to have passports, as will families taking vacations – by land, sea, or air – to other Western Hemisphere nations. The specific nations affected by WHTI include Canada, Mexico, the nations of the Caribbean Region, and Bermuda. For information about the changing regulations and assistance with applying early for passports in order to avoid problems, Congressman Ryan encourages First District residents who may be traveling outside the U.S. in the months ahead to attend one of these passport fairs. U.S. Postal Service employees who are certified by the State Department to process and accept passport applications will be at these meetings to respond to travelers' questions and accept passport applications. Area residents who would like to submit an application at the passport fair should visit the web site: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport in advance to get information about fees, documents, photos, and other required materials that they will need to bring with them to the passport fair. CONTACT: Conor Sweeney, (202) 226-7326 9:30 a.m.
· U.S. Rep. Ryan holds passport fair
Greendale Law Enforcement Center, 5911 W. Grange Ave., Greendale. To Help Travelers Get Answers, Prepare for Future Trips First District Congressman Paul Ryan will be hosting passport fairs in Janesville and Greendale on Friday, May 1st in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service to help residents of the First Congressional District who will be traveling outside the country get answers to their passport questions and begin the process of applying for a passport. In recent years, Americans traveling outside the country have experienced major delays in obtaining passports as the State Department has struggled to meet growing demand for passports in light of new security regulations for air travel implemented under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI, requiring most U.S. citizens re-entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry (in addition to those traveling by air) to have a Passport or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. In a significant change for many Wisconsinites, hunters and fishermen driving north to Canada will soon be required to have passports, as will families taking vacations – by land, sea, or air – to other Western Hemisphere nations. The specific nations affected by WHTI include Canada, Mexico, the nations of the Caribbean Region, and Bermuda. For information about the changing regulations and assistance with applying early for passports in order to avoid problems, Congressman Ryan encourages First District residents who may be traveling outside the U.S. in the months ahead to attend one of these passport fairs. U.S. Postal Service employees who are certified by the State Department to process and accept passport applications will be at these meetings to respond to travelers' questions and accept passport applications. Area residents who would like to submit an application at the passport fair should visit the web site: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport in advance to get information about fees, documents, photos, and other required materials that they will need to bring with them to the passport fair. CONTACT: Conor Sweeney, (202) 226-7326 1:30 p.m.
· UW-Madison Journalism Ethics Conference
Center for Journalism Ethics, 5152 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave., Madison.

May 2
   Other
· Champions in Women’s Health Awards
Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison. Ten to Be Honored for Demonstrating Extraordinary Leadership in Women’s Health Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Announces Champions in Women’s Health; Celebrates Ten Years of Champions Madison – The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation will honor ten individuals with Champions in Women’s Health Awards on Friday evening, May 2 at Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison. Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Founder & President, Sue Ann Thompson will present the awards at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ten years of past Champions will also be recognized during the evening. The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation created the Champions in Women’s Health Awards to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in women’s health. “We received Champions in Women’s Health nominations from all over the state,” says Sue Ann Thompson, Founder & President of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. “After the difficult task of narrowing them down, we chose individuals who are instrumental in raising awareness of women’s health issues, expanding the base of knowledge about women’s health through their work, and impacting the quality of health care that Wisconsin women receive.” Nominated by their peers, the ten Champions are from eight Wisconsin communities. They are: Excellence in the Area of Cancer Colette Salm-Schmid, MD – Aurora Breast Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay Excellence in the area of Cardiovascular Disease Denise Mitton, RN, Emergency Cardiac Coordinator – St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison Excellence in the area of Domestic Abuse Leslie Myers, MS, CRC, CDVC, Domestic Violence Specialist – Independence First, Milwaukee Rising Star in the area of Domestic Abuse Katie Weiss, Menasha Excellence in the area of General Women’s Health Diane Postler–Slattery, PhD, President – Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau Excellence in the area of Mental Health Luann Simpson, Consumer Advocacy Team Program Coordinator – NAMI, Racine Excellence in the area of Osteoporosis Anne Z. Hoch, DO, Director, Women’s Sports Medicine Program – Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Excellence in the area of Rural Women’s Health Jean Riedasch, RN, Parish Nurse – Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Range Excellence in Research & Policy in the area of Tobacco Cessation Lezli Redmond, MPH, Assistant Director Intervention – UW Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention (UW-CTRI) Excellence in Advocacy in the area of Tobacco & Alcohol Cessation Carol Lendle, RN, Public Health Nurse – Chippewa County Department of Public Health Champions will also be honored during the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation’s 10th Annual Spring Gala fundraiser Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 8:00 to midnight in the State Capitol Rotunda. The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF) is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to help Wisconsin women and their families reach their healthiest potential. WWHF provides programs and conducts educational forums that focus on prevention, early detection and connecting individuals to resources; produces and distributions the most up-to-date educational and resource materials; and, awards grants and scholarships to women health researchers and related community non-profits. Your donations help WWHF reach women all over Wisconsin with the information, resources and tools they need to be healthy. To make a donation or to learn more about WWHF, visit wwhf.org or call 1-800-448-5148. Contact: Lisa Schemmel P: (608) 251-1675; C: (608) 235-6242; E: Lschemmel@wwhf.org 5:30 p.m.
· Gov. Doyle attends 44th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener
The Landing, 8255 N. County Road CC, Hayward. Governor Jim Doyle will participate in the 44th Annual Governor’s Fishing Opener, tomorrow, Saturday, May 2, 2009. At 8:00 a.m., the Governor will board a boat at The Landing and will fish on the Chippewa Flowage. The Governor’s Fishing Opener began in 1965 by then-Governor Warren Knowles, and is an event hosted annually by the Wisconsin Indian Head Country, a regional tourism promotion group in northwest Wisconsin. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 8 a.m.
· RPW State Convention
La Crosse Center and Radisson Hotel, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse.
· The Progressive 100th Anniversary Conference
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison.

May 3
   Other
· RPW State Convention
La Crosse Center and Radisson Hotel, 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse.

May 4
· Building Bridges to Family Economic Success
Italian Community Center, Festa Room, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee.
· Gov.Doyle to address National Governors Association Poverty Summit
Italian Community Center, Festa Room, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. Governor Doyle will deliver a keynote address to the National Governors Association summit on poverty and economic opportunity tomorrow, Monday, May 4, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The Governor will discuss his efforts to support children and families in this difficult economy. The theme of the summit, which is hosted by the Department of Children and Families and sponsored by the National Governors Association, is “Building Bridges to Economic Success.” 9 a.m.
   Business Events
· WisBusiness.com Luncheon featuring Tim Cooley, Madison's Economic Development Director
The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St., Madison. WisBusiness.com Luncheon featuring Tim Cooley, Madison's New Economic Development Director MONDAY, MAY 4 at The Madison Club The next WisBusiness.com Luncheon at the Madison Club, organized by the Madison Club, Madison Magazine, and WisBusiness.com, is slated for Monday May 4 at 11:45 a.m. The guest is Tim Cooley, Madison's new economic development director. Learn more about Cooley: http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/view.cfm?news_id=1252 The event is open to the public, and the price for lunch is $19. Call the Madison Club to register at (608) 255-4861. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. 11:45 a.m.
   Other
· First Lady Doyle: To deliver Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? prize in Sheboygan
· First Lady Doyle: To visit students in Port Washington

May 5
   Fundraisers
· Fundraiser for Dane Co. Sheriff Dave Mahoney
Brocach Irish Pub, 7 W. Main St., Madison. You're invited to join Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney with special guest Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan for a 50th Birthday Celebration & Fundraiser to re-elect Sheriff Mahoney. Suggested Contribution: $50 For more information or to RSVP, e-mail djmknight@charter.net, or call 608-235-3522 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Public Health executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Public Health public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Public Health public hearing
· Assembly Committee on Public Safety public hearing
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs executive session
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs public hearing
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Government Accountability Board
Room 150, Risser Justice Building, 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison.
· Joint Committee on Finance executive session
412 East, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· WAGE presents 'US International Trade Policy Under the Obama Administration'
Lubar Commons, 7200 Law School, UW-Madison.
   Other
· 'Building Bridges to Family Economic Success' summit
Italian Community Center, Festa Room, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee.
· Birthday -- Rep. Gary Sherman
· Birthday -- Sen. Fred Risser
· Commerce Dept. Erosion and Sediment Control Code Advisory Council
Community Room, Westport Administration Offices, 5387 Mary Lake Road, Waunakee. 9:30 a.m.
· DPI Superintendent Burmaster addresses State Superintendent's Entrepreneurship Task Force
Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison. 10 a.m.
· DWD Secretary Gassman highlights RISE Job Skills Initiative
Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Level 2, Community Terrace, Madison. Gassman highlights initiative for low-wage workers at Joyce Foundation Conference MADISON – Department of Workforce Development Secretary (DWD) Roberta Gassman will highlight Wisconsin’s Regional Industry Skills Education (RISE) initiative to help low-wage workers learn new skills and start them on career paths to better jobs tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. She will open a Midwest conference by The Joyce Foundation at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Secretary Gassman will discuss a new grant from The Joyce Foundation, the second award the Foundation has made in support of the RISE initiative. A member of Governor Doyle’s Cabinet, Secretary Gassman leads the Department of Workforce Development and oversees more than 1,600 employees charged with strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce. CONTACT: Dick Jones, Agency Liaison, 608-267-4780 10 a.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton keynotes green jobs roundtable
Paper Discovery Center, 425 W. Water St., Appleton. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will keynote via teleconference four green jobs roundtables in Milwaukee, Appleton, Superior and La Crosse. These events, which are hosted by the UW-Extension School for Workers and will convene community and business leaders, labor union representatives, and members of environmental organizations, begin on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9 a.m. in the WRTP/BIG STEP Center of Excellent in Milwaukee. Information on roundtables in Appleton, Superior and La Crosse can be found below. Participants will consider strategies to create green jobs in their communities, identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors, and develop action plans to drive toward sustainable economic development. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 9 a.m.

May 6
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform public hearing
412 East, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Natural Resources public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Environment executive session
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions executive session
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions public hearing
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· Special committee on Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight
411 South, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· BioForward presents 'Taking Your Message to Washington: Bridging the Technological Gap'
Milwaukee County Research Park, Milwaukee. From how funding is prioritized to changes in compliance, decisions are made daily that directly affect your technology business. Do you know who makes those decisions? If given the opportunity to speak with them, what would your message be? Are you confident they would understand? BioForward presents Taking Your Message to Washington: Bridging the Technological Gap. Experts from Washington D.C., Milwaukee, and Madison will discuss how to effectively communicate your message through one-on-one meetings and your marketing materials, while learning and understanding the importance of participating in group advocacy efforts. Panelists include: Stephen Moffitt Principal Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek Government Affairs Washington, D.C. David Niles Vice President Productive Knowledge, Inc. Milwaukee WI Laura Strong Presiden:BioForward WI President, COO: Quintessence Biosciences, Inc. Madison WI Registration Cost: FREE for BioForward Members $25 Guests (First-time guests, no charge) See more at www.bioforward.org 7:30 a.m.
· Digital Healthcare Conference 2009
Fluno Center, Madison.
   Other
· Dane Co. Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
Dane County Parent Council Building, 2096 Red Arrow Trail, Madison. Dane County Task Force Adds Allied Drive Public Hearing Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System Moves Forward The Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System added an additional public hearing--designed as a listening session—at the Dane County Parent Council Building, 2096 Red Arrow Trail from 5-7 pm on May 6, 2009. The Task Force is made up of Dane County citizens working to identify strategies to reduce the racial disparities in Dane County’s criminal justice system, and is staffed by the Dane County Office of Equal Opportunity. Upon hearing from many residents in the first two hearings, the Task Force hopes to continue to hear from a large, diverse group in the future. Wisconsin has consistently ranked near the top in the nation in its rate in its disproportionate representation of people of color in the criminal justice system. Dane County’s disparities are among the highest in Wisconsin. Racial disparities occur in the number of arrests, cases charged, sentences and probation and parole revocations. The task force is made up of individuals from law enforcement, community-based organizations, corrections, and the courts. The Task Force has heard many of Dane County residents speak about their personal, and occasionally organizational, account of racial disparity. Each public hearing was highlighted by a high level public interest, comments and involvement. The Public Hearings will be a part of the data gathering process the Task Force is currently achieving. The Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System’s vision is to “recommend evidence-based best practices to eliminate racial disparities in the adult criminal justice system of Dane County”. Public involvement is critical to this vision. Contacts: Celia Jackson (608) 266-1623 Laurie Mlatawou (608) 345-5710 or (608) 255-9455 Colleen Clark Bernhardt, Office of Equal Opportunity (608) 266-3022 5 p.m.
· Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk to announce a first-of-its-kind and free countywide electronics recycling collection
2nd Floor Boardroom of Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center, Madison Falk will be joined by officials from the County’s Department of Public Works and representatives of several recycling firms to detail items people will be able to drop-off and recycle for free at a day-long event this weekend. Contacts: Joshua Wescott, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823 or cell (608) 669-5606 10:30 a.m.
· DHS town hall meeting
Blackhawk Technical College, Central Campus, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville. Meeting on proposed rules affecting emergency medical services. 6 p.m.
· Electronic Recording Council
Governor’s Conference Room, State Capitol. Agenda 1. Call to Order 2. Recognition of public attendees 3. Approval of minutes from April 1, 2008 4. Announcements that may relate to electronic recording 5. PRIA’s version 3 of eRecording Schema 6. Trusted Submitter Agreement – process review and database overview 7. Report on the DOR’s electronic Transfer Return receipt project 8. Report on progress of Adm 70 9. Report on legislation included in Wisconsin Register of Deeds Assn. clean up bill sponsored by Senator Hansen 10. Agenda items for June 3 meeting, time and location 11. Adjourn for TSA Signing Ceremony and Filing Demo For more information, visit: http://www.ercwis.wi.gov/ 10 a.m.
· Employee Free Choice Act business discussion panel
Dardanelles Restaurant, 1851 Monroe St., Madison. WISCONSIN SMALL BUSINESSES CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT Small businesses stand to benefit from allowing all workers to freely organize and bargain for a better life. On Wednesday, May 6th, Madison area businesses will hold a discussion panel in support of the Employee Free Choice Act, which will restore workers’ freedom to join a union and bargain for a better life. South Central Federation of Labor President Jim Cavanaugh will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include Barbara Wright, Owner of Dardanelles Restaurant; Larry Statz, Owner of Statz Painting and Decorating; Lindsey Lee, Owner of Ground Zero and Cargo Coffee; and Chris Vinson, Operations Manager of Wells Printing. Small businesses can reap benefits when their own workers are able to form unions. Hundreds of small businesses have unions in Wisconsin, particularly in the construction industry. Unions often ensure lower turnover, a skilled workforce, and improved worker productivity. They establish multi-employer health and pension funds that allow small businesses to provide a competitive benefit package to their employees that, on their own, would be difficult to provide. They establish top-notch apprenticeship and training programs that, again, on their own, small businesses would find it difficult to provide. Who: Jim Cavanaugh, South Central Federation of Labor President Barbara Wright, Owner of Dardanelle’s Restaurant Larry Statz, Owner of Statz Painting and Decorating Lindsey Lee, Owner of Ground Zero and Cargo Coffee Chris Vinson, Operations Manager of Wells Printing Contact: Sara Wallenfang, 414-418-5485 10 a.m.
· First Lady Jessica Doyle, Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher to Issue Reading Challenge to Janesville Students
10:15 a.m., Edison Middle School, 1649 S Chatham St., Janesville 11:45 a.m., Franklin Middle School, 450 N Crosby Ave., Janesville First Lady Jessica Doyle and Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher will issue a “20 x 20“reading challenge to students at Edison Middle School in Janesville, Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. Mrs. Doyle and Mr. Tauscher will encourage the students to read twenty minutes every day for twenty days. They will be joined by Janesville school board member Tim Cullen. Later, at 11:45 a.m., Mrs. Doyle and Mr. Cullen will visit students at Franklin Middle School. Mrs. Doyle will encourage students to sign the Wisconsin Covenant. The Wisconsin Covenant is a promise to all eighth graders that if they work hard and make the grade, they will earn a place in a Wisconsin institution of higher education, and a financial aid packaged for those who need it. For more information, please visit http://wisconsincovenant.wi.gov/. Contact: Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 10:15 a.m.
· Governor's Juvenile Justice Executive Committee
1 S. Pinckney St., Suite 600, Madison. 1:30 p.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton opens UW-Madison Arts Lofts
UW Arts Lofts, 111 N. Frances St., Madison. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will address UW students, faculty and art patrons at the grand opening ceremony of the UW-Madison School of Education Arts Lofts at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. The Arts Lofts, located at the former University Warehouse near the Kohl Center, features classroom and exhibition spaces, instructional labs, and more than 50 faculty, graduate, and teaching studios. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 5 p.m.
· PSC pre-hearing conference
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 6240-WR-106) Application of City of Waukesha Water Utility, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 9:30 a.m.
· State Bar of Wisconsin Convention
Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee. Among special events: Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson will address honored 50-year members at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon. See details: http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Conventions 7 a.m.

May 7
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Transportation executive session
· Assembly Committee on Transportation public hearing
· Assembly Committee on Workforce Development public hearing
· Gov. Doyle to Discuss State’s Fiscal Situation
Governor’s Conference Room, State Capitol Governor Doyle will discuss the state’s fiscal situation, tomorrow. FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: State Budget Director Dave Schmiedicke will give reporters a background briefing about the state’s fiscal situation at 12:00 p.m. in the Governor’s Conference Room. The information gathered at this meeting is STRICTLY EMBARGOED until the Governor’s press conference begins. Absolutely no cameras will be allowed in the background briefing. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 2 p.m.
· Wisconsin Public Records Board Policy Committee Meeting
DOA CR 6B AGENDA 1. General Records Schedule Opt in/Opt out Policy 2. Discussion of agency records management survey responses 3. PRB statutory revisions 4. New Business 1:30 p.m.
   Business Events
· 'Energy and Opportunity: A Roadmap for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs'
The MIT Club of Wisconsin and Lathrop & Clark LLP are pleased to invite you to join us on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Pyle Center, Madison, for the MIT Enterprise Forum/MIT Club of Wisconsin program: "Energy and Opportunity: A Roadmap for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs" This program will include the MIT Enterprise Forum Global Broadcast: "Energy Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities" and Registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres 5:00pm – 6:00pm MIT Enterprise Forum Global Broadcast 6:00pm – 7:30pm Local panel discussion 7:45pm – 8:45pm This event is only $12. Please register at: MIT Club of Wisconsin Electronic Registration Page Directions to the Pyle Center can be found by clicking on the following link: The Pyle Center - University of Wisconsin More information about this event and the featured speakers is available at the MIT Enterprise Forum website: May 7 Global Broadcast May 7 Global Broadcast 5 p.m.
· Digital Healthcare Conference 2009
Fluno Center, Madison.
· Wisconsin Wireless Association educational business meeting
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison. The Challenges Facing Rural Wireless Broadband BROOKFIELD, WI --- The Wisconsin Wireless Association (WiWA) will hold an educational business meeting on May 7, 2009, at the Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme is, “The Challenges Facing Rural Wireless Broadband.” The keynote speaker will be Wisconsin State Senator Dale Schulz. Senator Schulz will discuss a new regional economic development effort called UBER (Universal Broadband for a Rural Region), a public private partnership that has a goal of making broadband internet service available to "the last mile" of rural Wisconsin. The meeting begins with networking at 9:30 a.m., with the business meeting starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Senator Schulz commented, “For many residents, wherever they live or work, broadband is a vital utility. Decades ago, government loans played a key role in achieving universal access to two other vital utilities, electricity and telephone. With or without stimulus dollars, the private and public sector need to get together to have a plan, a strategy, on how to reach the “last mile” areas that are currently un-served for broadband access.” Also speaking will be Ken Schlager, PhD, PE, President of HierComm, who will talk about the technical issues surrounding rural broadband deployment, as well as the impact of the federal stimulus package. Mr. Schlager will lead a panel discussion with representatives of 3 wireless carriers with extensive operations in rural Wisconsin: Jim Lienau, Vice President of Engineering at Cellcom; Greg Selig, Senior Director of Operations and Engineering at Airadigm; and Grant Spellmeyer, Director of Regulatory Affairs at US Cellular. You can register for the seminar and learn additional information at www.wisconsinwireless.org The Wisconsin Wireless Association is a non profit professional association dedicated to being the voice of the wireless industry in the Badger State. WiWA has over 150 members, representing the creative talent and energy of wireless carriers, tower companies, network developers, and their supporting vendors. Its mission is to promote positive awareness about the wireless industry through education; to form and cultivate strong relationships between the members of the wireless industry; and to enhance the communities it serves. Contact: Jeff Roznowski jroznowski@wi.rr.com 414-258-0633 10 a.m.
   Other
· 2009 WEDA Spring Regional Meeting
2009 WEDA Spring Regional Meetings Join Us May 7 in Brookfield POSTPONED - Green Bay May 7 - Brookfield May 12 - Menomonie May 20 - Madison Greetings! Register Today for the upcoming WEDA Spring 1/2 day meetings. The focus will be on Regional Best Practices from around the state. Your registration includes Lunch in Menomonie, Breakfast in Brookfield or Madison, plus Networking with your colleagues from around the region and state! The meetings will kick off with a Keynote Speaker from a different region highlighting one of four growing industries: Wind, Bio-Tech, and Hi-Tech. Two Workshop sessions, a Legislative update, plus networking! Green Bay Regional Meeting has been Postponed Due to the interactive nature of these meetings, a mininum number of attendees are needed for a successful event. Green Bay's meeting, as of today, was not at the registration level the Spring Planning Committee has set. A decision was made to postpone to a later date. Please contact the WEDA office with any questions. 608-255-5666 or weda@weda.org. Brookfield, Menomonie, and Madison registrations are on target as of today. Registration and Agendas available at www.WEDA.org. Upcoming Events April 23 in Green Bay All 4 Locations 2009 WEDA Silver Sponsors Madison Gas and Electric Company Marshfield Clinic Opus North Corporation We Energies Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation Wisconsin Public Service Corporation2009 WEDA Sponsors Regional Best Practices Catalyst for Change Thursday, May 7, 2009 Sheraton Brookfield Moorland Rd. Brookfield, WI 53005 8:15 - 9:00 am Welcome / Breakfast / Networking 9:00- 10:00 am Wind Energy Research & TechnologyThe eighteen counties of northeast Wisconsin provide the manufacturing elements necessary for the growing wind energy industry. No other region in the Midwest offers the unique combination of advantages available here, including superior supplier potential built upon a one hundred year old manufacturing tradition, an expanding economy, access to some of the nation's best wind resources, strong existing markets and excellent workforce and transportation assets. Chris N. Linn, Vice President - Marketing & Business Development,Bassett Mechanical 10:00 - 11:00 am Best Practice Roundtable Discussion 11:00 - 11:15 am Break 11:15 - 11:30 am Legislative/Budget Update 11:30 - 12:30 pm Best Practice Roundtable Discussion View Agenda To Register Online To Download Registration Regional Best Pratices Catalyst for Change Roundtable: Best Practice Topics Four topics will be presented at each meeting, with attendees choosing 2 to attend! Business Retention and Expansion Economic Development Finance Marketing/Attraction Economic Development Planning Evaluation Techniques for Economic Development Projects and Programs Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Where & When Thursday, April 23, 2009 Green Bay - POSTPONED Thursday, May 7, 2009Brookfield - Sheraton Hotel 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2009Menomonie - Manor House 11:30 am - 3:30 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2009Madison - Quality Inn 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 8:15 a.m.
· Press conference on "Project KidSafe" repeal
Senate Parlor, State Capitol. GOP LAWMAKERS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON GOV’S REPEAL OF “PROJECT KIDSAFE” National child protection advocate Mark Lunsford to speak at Capitol press conference - topics to include how governor’s budget will put children at risk Madison… State Representatives Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), and Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) will host a press conference Thursday, May 7 beginning at 12 pm in the State Senate Parlor at the State Capitol, to discuss the governor’s proposed changes to GPS tracking requirements for convicted child sex offenders in Wisconsin. Nationally known child safety advocate Mark Lunsford will be taking part in the press conference to provide insight on the importance of maintaining active GPS tracking as a proven way to keep kids safe. Lunsford’s nine year-old daughter Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Florida in 2005 by a convicted sex offender who was out on parole. Since that time, Mr. Lunsford has led a national crusade to pass “Jessica’s Law” in several states including Wisconsin. “Jessica’s Law” requires mandatory minimum prison sentences of 25 years to life and lifetime GPS monitoring for any person convicted of raping a child. Stacie Rumenap, Executive Director of the national advocacy group Stop Child Predators will also provide testimony on how Governor Doyle’s budget proposal will move Wisconsin backwards in our ongoing efforts to keep kids safe from dangerous offenders. Members of Citizens for a Safe Wisconsin, a group of concerned citizens who joined forces to bring comprehensive changes to Wisconsin’s sex offender laws, will also participate in the press conference. For further information, please contact: State Representative Scott Suder at 1-(608)-267-0280 State Representative Joel Kleefisch 1-(608)-266-8551 State Representative Jeff Stone 1-(608)-266-8590 12 p.m.
· Public hearing on GFOA report recommendations for Mitchell Airport County Executive Conference Room, Courthouse, Room 306, Milwaukee.
· State Bar Convention
Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee. Among special events is a 1 p.m. panel discussion on "Elected Judges vs. Appointed—The Pros and the Cons" moderated by Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson,and featuring William K. Johnston, Wisconsin State Journal; and David Newby, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. Following this is a 1:50 p.m. panel discussion on "Judicial Recusal Standards—Should They Be More Rigorous?" moderated by Atty. Robert W. Swain, and featuring Atty. Charles G. Geyh, University of Indiana Law School;and Atty. James Sample, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law. At 5 p.m., president-elect Douglas W. Kammer of Portage will be sworn in as the 54th president of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson will address the guests and administer the oath of office. President Diane S. Diel will reflect on her year as State Bar president, and Kammer will address issues affecting the State Bar and the legal profession in the coming year. See details: http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Conventions 8 a.m.
· UW Board of Regents
Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.
· UW-Madison 'Bracing for Impact' seminar
1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, 425 Henry Mall, Madison. MADISON - How is climate change affecting Wisconsin, and how can the state adapt? A series of free public seminars beginning Feb. 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will address those questions. "Bracing for Impact: Climate Change Adaptation in Wisconsin," is the theme of the nine-part series, to be held in room 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, 425 Henry Mall. Each seminar will start at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Most will feature two speakers. All but one will be on Thursday evenings. Free parking is available nearby in Lot 20 at 1390 University Ave. The series is sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). Launched last year by UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the statewide project seeks to assess the potential consequences of climate change for Wisconsin's ecosystems, industries, farms and human health and to recommend adaptation strategies. Organizer Michael Notaro says the seminars will be aimed at the general public as well as at people with professional interests in the topic who may not be familiar with WICCI. "We've had big improvements in climate models," says Notaro, a scientist with the Nelson Institute's Center for Climatic Research (CCR) and a WICCI research collaborator. "Now we can more confidently trust their predictions, and we can pursue them in higher resolution to look at the probable affects of climate change in more detail, on the scale of the state." Seminar dates, topics, and speakers are: - Feb. 26 - Introducing the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. Dick Lathrop, research scientist, DNR; and Dan Vimont, assistant professor, environmental studies/atmospheric and oceanic sciences, UW-Madison. - March 4 (Wednesday) - Wisconsin's future climate. Michael Notaro. - March 19 - Recent evidence of Wisconsin climate change. Chris Kucharik, assistant professor, agronomy/environmental studies, UW-Madison. - March 26 - Responses of Wisconsin's fish to climate change. Matthew Mitro and Jon Lyons, research scientists, DNR. - April 9 - Responses of Wisconsin's lakes and ecosystems to climate change. John Magnuson, emeritus professor, zoology and limnology; and Jack Williams, associate professor, geography/environmental studies, UW-Madison. - April 30 - Impacts of climate change on Wisconsin's storm water and coastal areas. David Liebl, storm water specialist, UW-Extension. - May 7 - Health impacts of climate change. Jonathan Patz, professor, environmental studies/population health sciences, UW-Madison. Also, Enhanced Wisconsin weather extremes. Steve Vavrus, senior scientist, CCR, UW-Madison. - May 14 - Response of Wisconsin's wildlife to climate change. Karl Martin, chief, wildlife and forestry research, and Michael Meyer, research scientist, DNR. - June 4 - Climate change impacts on Wisconsin ecosystems. David Mladenoff, professor, forest and wildlife ecology/environmental studies, and Sara Hotchkiss, assistant professor, botany/environmental studies, UW-Madison. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will record the presentations for broadcast later this year on its Wisconsin Channel. The programs also will be archived on WPT's Web site. For more information, visit WICCI online at wicci.wisc.edu or contact Notaro at 608-261-1503, mnotaro@wisc.edu. 7 p.m.

May 8
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Rules executive session
Assembly Parlor, State Capitol. 12:30 p.m.
· Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue executive session
411 South, State Capitol.
· UW Board of Regents
Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen addresses Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, N. Hamilton St. entrance, State Capitol. MADISON – Once a year a special time is set aside for the remembrance of those we cannot thank enough all year long: Wisconsin law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and their families. This year two names will be added to the memorial at the ceremony. Iron County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John Sealy who was shot and killed in the line of duty on February 28, 1906 and Racine Police Department Detective John Harms who died from injuries he sustained in a traffic crash on November 18, 1918. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial was established by Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. (WLEM) was first formed in 1990 and hosted the first Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in May, 1991. For more information: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 12 p.m.
· AG Van Hollen holds law enforcement roundtable
Columbia County Law Enforcement Center, John Roche Room, 711 E. Cook St., Portage. 8:30 a.m.
· DWD Secretary Gassman outlines Gov. Doyle’s building projects
Apple Creek Inn, 3177 French Road, De Pere. Will Highlight Workforce Agenda, Recovery Efforts at Green Bay Event MADISON – Department of Workforce Development Secretary (DWD) Roberta Gassman will outline Governor Doyle’s capital budget, $1.4 billion in building projects in the next two years, during a luncheon address tomorrow, Friday, May 8, 2009, at the Apple Creek Inn in De Pere. In remarks to begin at approximately 12:10 p.m., she will also highlight Governor Doyle’s workforce agenda and Recovery Act efforts at the spring meeting of the North Eastern Wisconsin Construction Industry Partnership. A member of Governor Doyle’s Cabinet, Secretary Gassman leads the Department of Workforce Development and oversees more than 1,600 employees charged with strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce. CONTACT: Dick Jones, Agency Liaison, 608-267-4780 12:10 p.m.
· Justice System Training Advisory Committee
1 S. Pinckney St,. Madison. 10 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· Sen. Sullivan, Rep. Fields address WCUL Convention
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Wright Ballroom-4th Floor, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Lawmakers Address Credit Unions’ Role in Wisconsin Economy at Wisconsin Credit Union League’s 75th Annual Convention & Exposition in Milwaukee Sen. Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) and Rep. Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee) will be speaking to credit union leaders at a luncheon held during the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s 75th Annual Convention & Exposition in Milwaukee on Friday. Sen. Sullivan is the chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions. Rep. Fields is the chair of the Assembly Financial Institutions Committee. Both Sullivan and Fields will be addressing efforts to help Wisconsin consumers through these tough economic times. During their speeches, both Sullivan and Fields will discuss the foreclosure crisis, and the need to promote financial literacy among Wisconsin youth to promote a strong economic future for the state. Contact: Andrea Gage (608) 266-2512 work (414) 213-3717 cell 12:15 p.m.
· State Bar of Wisconsin Convention
Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee. Among programs is a discussion on "Dangerous Curves Ahead: The Crossroads of Ethics and Technology" moderated by Atty. John Robert Byrnes, U.S. Trustees Office, Roanoke, Va., and featuring Atty. Joshua Poje, American Bar Association - Legal Technology Resource Center, Chicago. See details: http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Conventions 7:15 a.m.
· Statewide System Management Group
Plover Fire Department, Training Room, 2400 Post Road, Plover. 10:30 a.m.
· U.S. Rep. Kind commends teachers, discusses education funding
Logan Middle School, 1450 Avon St., La Crosse. During National Teacher Appreciation Week, Rep. Kind Thanks Teachers, Honors Life-long Educator and Highlights Stimulus Impact on Education WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will thank local teachers and administrators, honor life-long educator, Beatrice Small, and discuss funding for education, specifically through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, Friday, May 8. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made key investments in education, allocating $100 billion for education programs over the next two years. These investments are designed to help schools succeed despite tough economic conditions. Specifically, funds are meant to help prevent teacher layoffs and other cuts in hard-hit districts, expand the Title I and IDEA programs, invest in education technology, make college more affordable, and help develop a better-educated workforce in order to jumpstart the economy. Contact: Leah Hunter Phone: 202-225-5506 Leah.hunter@mail.house.gov 12:30 p.m.

May 9
   Other
· Cricket Club Holds Inauguration at Lindsay Park
Lindsay Park, 4360 N. 87th St., Milwaukee (Milwaukee) – The Regal Cricket Club will host an inauguration to celebrate its newly built Astroturf Cricket Pitch, the first of its kind in the Milwaukee area, at Lindsay Park, 4360 N. 87th Street, on Saturday, May 9th at 11:00 am. This club consisting of over 80 members from around the world was formed in 1998 and is welcoming new members who wish to experience high quality cricket, fun and friendship. Last year the club spent $6000 to build the Astroturf Cricket Pitch. To learn more about how the game of cricket is played and about the sport in general go to www.britannia.com/sports/cricket3.html. Contact: Jeff Baudry (414) 257-4575 11 a.m.
· Tomah National Guard unit sendoff
Tomah Area High School gymnasium, 901 Lincoln Ave., Tomah. Family, friends and state officials will bid farewell to the headquarters unit of the 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Wisconsin Army National Guard Approximately 80 soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, based in Tomah, will depart for about a month of training in Indiana before deploying to Iraq, where it will provide command and control of logistics operations in its assigned area. The unit had been on alert since late January 2008 and received its mobilization order Oct. 3. Soldiers will spend about one year of total active duty service for the deployment. Only the battalion headquarters is ordered to active duty by this mobilization order. The battalion's subordinate units are not part of this deployment. However, one of the subordinate units, the 1158th Transportation Company, deployed as part of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployment in February of this year. Contact: Maj. Jackie Guthrie 608-242-3050 10 a.m.
· Wisconsin Labor History Society Conference
No one has to tell you that these are difficult times for Wisconsin workers, but history tells us that our unions were founded and grew during the toughest of times. The Wisconsin Labor History Society will review that history at its 28th Annual Conference, “Organizing in Hard Times,” to be held Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Neenah-Menasha Labor Temple, 157 S. Green Bay Rd., Neenah. _______________________________________________________________________ The stories of how our unions organized during the Great Depression will be told, as well the difficult times when union-busting grew heavy after 1981, ending with a discussion of how some workers and unions are winning elections during the current times. This conference should not be missed by anyone who cares about how our history can help us build our unions in the present day. The conference is affordable at a fee of $25, including lunch and materials. Please consider joining in this important conference. Full information and a registration form can be downloaded WLHS 28th Annual Conference Brochure. Conference registration may be made by sending $25 fee per attendee with name, address, affiliation to WLHS Annual Conference, 6333 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee WI 53213. Feel free to contact Ken Germanson, president of Wisconsin Labor History Society, at 414-771-0700 x20 or by email at info@wisconsinlaborhistory.org. More information about the Wisconsin Labor History Society is available at the Wisconsin Labor History website. Kenneth A. Germanson, President The Wisconsin Labor History Society is dedicated to preserving and educating about the stories of workers and unions in Wisconsin. Membership is open to all Interested persons and organizations. WISCONSIN LABOR HISTORY SOCIETY 6333W. BLUE MOUND RD. MILWAUKEE,WI 53213 9 a.m.

May 11
· Greater Milwaukee Committee to host first Twitter news conference
University Club – Main Dining Room 924 East Wells Street Milwaukee National Experts Share Social Media Insights for Local Business Leaders Milwaukee – National and local experts will lead an interactive discussion panel on using social media as a business tool on Monday, May 11 from noon – 1:30 p.m. as part of an event hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Brian Kalma, Director of User Experience for Zappos will discuss the power of combining social media with great service to deliver industry-leading consumer experiences and profitability. Zappos made Fortune’s Top 100 employer list for the first time this year and has been featured in nearly every business/technology publications for their strategic use of social media, world class customer service and business innovation. Steve Glynn, President of Spreenkler, a Milwaukee-based social media and creative services firm, will provide an overview on using social media outside or inside your organization to collect market knowledge and identify centers of expertise. Allan Schoenberg, Director of Corporate Communications of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, will also share insight on the applications of social media. Reporters are invited to attend the meeting or follow it online via Twitter (details to be provided on Monday morning). GMC staff will tweet live from the meeting and also host a twitter “news conference” immediately after the event. Reporters may tweet their questions for guest speakers and GMC representatives who will respond via twitter. CONTACT: Marie Maas 414-390-5500 Eric Paulsen 414-905-0111 12 p.m.
   State Government
· DNR public hearing on hunting, trapping regulations and wildlife rehabilitation
State Natural Resources Building,Room 613,101 South Webster St., Madison. Pursuant to §§ 29.014, 29.089, 29.193, 29.197, 29.597, 169.085, 169.24, and 227.11, Wis. Stats., interpreting §§ 29.014, 29.089, 29.193, 29.197, 29.597, 169.085, 169.24, and 227.11, Wis. Stats., the Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings at 1 p.m. in Room 613, of the State Natural Resources Building, 101 South Webster St., Madison, on revisions to chs. NR 10 and 19, Wis. Adm. Code relating to hunting, trapping regulations and wildlife rehabilitation. The intent of these rule changes is to correct drafting errors, provide clarification to existing rules, simplify regulations, and update administrative code language and references. Policy issues affected by this rule are ones which have already been addressed by previous rulemaking. The proposed rules will: Clarify that access permits are required of deer hunters at Lake Wissota state park. Clarify that the harvest of deer of either sex is allowed by archery and gun hunters who possess disabled hunting permits, making this regulation consistent with the law that applies to disabled hunters during firearm seasons. Clarify that, where it is legal to place bait for hunting deer, bait may be placed on the day before the archery season as is currently allowed on the day before the gun seasons. Remove the prohibition of hunting deer with full metal jacketed, nonexpanding type bullets so that only nonexpanding type bullets are prohibited. Establish that the prohibition of hunting and firearm discharge on the day before the firearm deer season applies only to the traditional nine-day deer season. Establish that velvet antlers may be possessed in a CWD zone and clarifies that antlers being transported out of a CWD zone must be free of brain tissue but hair or hide does not need to be removed. Incorporate by reference the definitions for a section of federal regulations that are already incorporated into Wisconsin code related to baiting migratory game birds. Eliminate an unnecessary cross reference. Eliminate confusing and unnecessary language and clarifies that, where body-gripping type traps from 60 to 75 square inches in size are prohibited, larger traps are also prohibited. Eliminate an unnecessary gear requirement; relaxing mechanical locks are not needed on snares. Eliminate a limit on participation by disabled hunters during turkey seasons that is no longer needed with only seven turkey management zones. Correct an omission in the name of a deer management unit. Include trapping as an educational outdoor skills activity for which certain exemptions are available so that this rule language will be consistent with statute. Clarify that volunteer wildlife rehabilitators may only serve in a limited capacity on wildlife rehabilitation activities. Correct the number of a subdivision. Update wildlife rehabilitation code language so that it is consistent with proposed changes to the list of threatened and endangered species.The proposed rule and fiscal estimate may be reviewed and comments electronically submitted through the Wisconsin Administrative Rules (exit DNR) Web site. Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted via U.S. mail to Scott Loomans, Bureau of Wildlife Management, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Comments may be submitted until May 11, 2009. Written comments whether submitted electronically or by U.S. mail will have the same weight and effect as oral statements presented at the public hearings. For a copy of the proposed rule and fiscal estimate or more information contact Scott Loomans at (608) 267-2452. 1 p.m.
· Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties executive session
411 South, State Capitol.
· Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.

May 12
· REGISTER NOW: WisPolitics.com Luncheon with Department of Administration Secretary Michael Morgan
TUESDAY, May 12, 11:45 AM at the Madison Club Join us for a discussion of the Wisconsin budget with Department of Administration Secretary Michael Morgan. Morgan was appointed secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration by Gov. Jim Doyle in December 2006. He previously served as the secretary of the Department of Revenue during Doyle's first term and also served as the commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of City Development. Morgan received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also was a running back on the football team from 1974 to 1977. The 2009 luncheon series is sponsored by The Wisconsin Bankers Association, The Ho Chunk Nation, WHD Government Affairs, Flaherty & Associates, Wal-Mart and Xcel Energy. The events are open to the public, and the price for lunch is $19. Call the Madison Club to register at (608) 255-4861. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. 11:45 AM
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Education public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Housing public hearing
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Jobs, the Economy and Small Business public hearing
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Organization executive session
Assembly Parlor, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules executive session
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules public hearing
201 Southeast, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee on Finance executive session
412 East, State Capitol. Executive session on state budget: http://committeeschedule.legis.state.wi.us/files/HearingNotices/09-05-12-1101-2009JFIN-11827.html Executive session on AB 255 and SB 189:http://committeeschedule.legis.state.wi.us/files/HearingNotices/09-05-12-1100-2009JFIN-11830.html 11 a.m.
· Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities, Energy, and Rail public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Organization executive session
Senate Parlor, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· Madison Small Business in Changing Times Conference
Monona Terrace Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison.
· Wisconsin BBB Torch Award workshop
10101 W. Greenfield Avenue, Suite 125, Milwaukee. The Wisconsin BBB will be holding a series of free workshops to help companies apply for the 2009 Torch Award for Business Ethics & Integrity. At these workshops, companies will learn how to apply, discover what the judges are looking for, see past winning applications and ask any questions about the process. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. RSVP to Kristal at 414.847.6049 4 p.m.
   Other
· UW Colleges and UW-Extension Economic Development Day
Rotunda, State Capitol. 9 a.m.
· Assembly Committee on Education executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Door County Legislative Days 2009 Inn On The Park, Madison.
· Gov. Doyle announces major clean water investments
Howard Avenue Water Purification Plant, 725 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee. Governor Jim Doyle will announce a major effort to clean the state’s water tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Water Purification Plant in Milwaukee. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Wisconsin will be able to make strategic improvements to our infrastructure that will add long-term value to the state. Governor Doyle is committed to making improvements that not only improve the quality of life, but help put the economy back on track. Rain Location: Wisconsin State Office Building, Room 40, 819 N 6th Street, Milwaukee. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 11:30 a.m.
· Gov. Doyle announces major clean water investments
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, 9 Springs Treatment Plant, 1610 Moorland Road, Madison. Governor Jim Doyle will announce a major effort to clean the state’s water tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 2:45 p.m. at the Nine Springs Treatment Plant in Madison. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Wisconsin will be able to make strategic improvements to our infrastructure that will add long-term value to the state. Governor Doyle is committed to making improvements that not only improve the quality of life, but help put the economy back on track. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 2:45 p.m.
· Housing Initiatives, Inc. “Tent City” rally
King St. entrance, State Capitol. Rally to highlight need to restore property-tax exemption for non-profit housing providers An ad-hoc organization is planning a rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol’s King Street entrance on Tuesday, May 12th at Noon to highlight the need for state government to immediately restore the property-tax exemption for non-profit housing providers. A recent court case last fall and a subsequent interpretation by the state’s Department of Revenue have changed which properties belonging to providers of affordable housing can continue to be property-tax exempt. As a result, municipalities all over Wisconsin are establishing procedures to assess properties owned and operated by non-profit housing providers and, in some cases, have already issued tax bills for several such property owners. Unless the State Legislature and the Governor act to change the State Statutes, buildings that house thousands of low-income individuals and families will be subject to property taxation with possible devastating effects. “Right now, our budgets are stretched thin as they are,” said Dean Loumos, Executive Director of Housing Initiatives, Inc. of Madison. Housing Initiatives owns and operates 51 housing units for previously-homeless individuals and families who are affected by severe mental illness. Loumos added, “We have developed these properties under property-tax exemption rules that have been in place for decades. If the state doesn’t change them back to where they have been, we stand to receive a property tax bill of around $70,000. My agency and others like us cannot afford that kind of a hit. We would have to make some tough choices which may include reducing services and housing fewer clients.” Housing Initiatives, Inc. is one of about 40 agencies operating in Madison alone that could be receiving property tax bills for nearly 1,700 housing units. The main focus of the rally is to remind Governor Doyle, the State Legislature and municipalities around Wisconsin that during these tough economic conditions, where tent cities are starting to spring up around the nation as more and more people become homeless, they should not balance their budgets on the backs of thousands of low-income individuals and families who will be adversely affected and should instead act quickly to restore the property-tax exempt status. For more information on Tuesday’s rally and the property-tax exemption issue, please contact Dean Loumos at (608) 332-2095. 12 p.m.
· Joint Committee on Finance 13.10 Wisconsin Statutes meeting
412 East, State Capitol.
· Minority Business Development Fund Board
Dept. of Commerce, First Floor Conference Room, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison. 1:30 p.m.
· Regent Committee for UW-Parkside Chancellor Search
1720 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison. Teleconference Convene in open session and recess into closed session to consider candidates for the position of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, as permitted by Wis. States. 19.85(1)(c) and 19.85(1)(e) 2 p.m.
· RPW, Madison area business leaders hold town hall meeting
GOP Town Hall Meeting The Republican Party is joining with local business leaders in hosting a town hall meeting on May 12 at the Madison Club. The town hall meeting is open to GOP leaning individuals interested in learning about changes taking place in the leadership of the Republican Party and its mission as party supporting a free market economy. An invitation is below. Thank you. Reince Preibus, Chairman Jason Punzel Republican Party of Wisconsin White Cap Real Estate Madison Area Business Leaders Town hall meeting Please join State of WI Republican Chairman, Reince Priebus and local business owner Jason Punzel for an evening town hall meeting. This is an opportunity to share your ideas, ask questions and learn of local and national developments that affect all of us. Reince successfully led Michael Steele’s campaign for National GOP Chairman and currently leads his transition team. Jason is a Wisconsin native and currently owns and operates a successful family business. This discussion is our opportunity to have a voice in refocusing and rebuilding the Republican Party. We look forward to seeing you! When: May 12 5 – 6pm registration and cocktails 6 – 7pm Program Where: Madison Club, 5 East Wilson St, Madison, WI RSVP: Please RSVP your name via e-mail to: bmatthias@adminproserv.com Cash bar Hors D’oeuvres will be served Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan Contributions or gifts to the Republican Party of Wisconsin are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions from corporations, labor unions, federal contractors and foreign nationals without permanent residency status are prohibited. Republican Party of Wisconsin | 148 East Johnson St. | Madison, Wisconsin 53703 p: 608.257.4765 | f: 608.257.4141| e: info@wisgop.org Paid for by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.148 East Johnson St. - Madison, WI 53703 - (608)257.4765 www.wisgop.org Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. 5 p.m.

May 13
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Fish and Wildlife executive session
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Session
Assembly Chamber, State Capitol. 1. Call of the Roll. 2. Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals. 3. Committee reports and subsequent reference of proposals. 4. Messages from the senate, and other communications. 5. Consideration of conference committee reports and vetoes. 6. Consideration of senate action on proposals approved by the assembly. 7. Making and consideration of motions for reconsideration of passage, indefinite postponement, concurrence, or nonconcurrence. 8. Consideration of resolutions. QUESTION: Shall the resolution be adopted? Assembly Joint Resolution 27 Relating to: proclaiming June 6, 2009, as Proper Drug Disposal Day. By Representatives Hebl, Black, Shilling, Benedict, Berceau, Townsend, Pope-Roberts, Sinicki, A. Ott, Hintz, Smith, A. Williams, Hixson and Bies; cosponsored by Senators Risser, Miller, Taylor, Wirch, Lehman, Plale, Lassa, Erpenbach, Kedzie, Olsen and Carpenter. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Joint Resolution 37 Relating to: proclaiming the Wisconsin Centennial of Flight. By Representatives Hebl, Benedict, Schneider, Brooks, Berceau, Pope-Roberts, Townsend, Bies, Vruwink, Murtha, Spanbauer and Molepske Jr.; cosponsored by Senators Miller, Robson, Risser, Hopper, Lehman, Lassa, Taylor, Olsen, Schultz and Darling. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Joint Resolution 52 Relating to: commending the public service of Elizabeth Burmaster. By Representative Pope-Roberts; cosponsored by Senator Lehman. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. 9. Third reading of assembly proposals. QUESTION: Having been read three times, shall the proposal be passed? 10. Third reading of senate proposals. QUESTION: Having been read three times, shall the proposal be concurred in? 11. Second reading and amendment of assembly proposals. QUESTION: Shall the proposal be ordered engrossed and read a third time? Assembly Bill 253 Relating to: prohibiting smoking in indoor areas, in sports arenas, in public conveyances, and at certain outdoor locations and providing a penalty. (FE) By Representatives Richards, A. Ott, Seidel, Zigmunt, Milroy, Benedict, Parisi, Berceau, Black, Roys, Soletski, Gottlieb, Clark, Bernard Schaber, Mursau, Toles, Hilgenberg, Cullen, Sinicki, Townsend, Pope-Roberts, Smith, Pasch, Hintz, Spanbauer and Montgomery; cosponsored by Senators Risser, Ellis, Jauch, Miller, Darling, Robson and Coggs. Report Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 adoption, Ayes 11, Noes 2, passage as amended recommended by committee on Health and Healthcare Reform, Ayes 11, Noes 2. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Bill 33 Relating to: technical changes that affect the public debt amortization fund of a first class city. (FE) By Representatives Fields, Stone, Sinicki, Grigsby, Richards, Staskunas, Kessler, Cullen, Toles and Zepnick; cosponsored by Senators Plale, Taylor and Darling. Report passage recommended by committee on Urban and Local Affairs, Ayes 8, Noes 0. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Bill 47 Relating to: prohibiting persons convicted of certain felonies from providing martial arts instruction to minors. (FE) By Representative Schneider; cosponsored by Senators Olsen and Plale. Report passage recommended by committee on Criminal Justice, Ayes 9, Noes 0. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Bill 111 Relating to: the lifetime limit under the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan. By Representatives Bernard Schaber, Berceau, Clark, Hraychuck, Pope-Roberts, Richards and Seidel; cosponsored by Senators Vinehout, Carpenter, Coggs, Erpenbach, Hansen, Lehman, Miller, Robson, Taylor and Wirch. Report passage recommended by committee on Health and Healthcare Reform, Ayes 13, Noes 0. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Bill 112 Relating to: health insurance coverage denials for eligibility under the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan. By Representatives Bernard Schaber, Berceau, Clark, Hraychuck, Pope-Roberts, Richards and Seidel; cosponsored by Senators Vinehout, Carpenter, Coggs, Hansen, Lehman, Miller, Robson, Taylor and Wirch. Report passage recommended by committee on Health and Healthcare Reform, Ayes 13, Noes 0. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Bill 165 Relating to: expanding the types of property that may be specially assessed by a neighborhood improvement district. (FE) By Representatives Richards, Zepnick, Colon, Grigsby, Berceau, Turner and Fields; cosponsored by Senators Plale, Carpenter and Taylor. Report passage recommended by committee on Urban and Local Affairs, Ayes 6, Noes 2. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. Assembly Bill 132 Relating to: a requirement that an employer grant an unpaid leave of absence to allow an employee to participate in an emergency service operation of the Civil Air Patrol and prohibiting discrimination in employment based on Civil Air Patrol membership. (FE) By Representatives Huebsch, Murtha, Pasch, Suder, Schneider, Mursau, Petersen, Gunderson, Townsend, Kessler, Spanbauer, Vos and Lothian; cosponsored by Senators Kapanke, Vinehout, Taylor and Kedzie. Report passage recommended by committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security, Ayes 8, Noes 0. Placed on calendar 5-13-2009 by committee on Rules. 12. Second reading and amendment of senate proposals. QUESTION: Shall the proposal be ordered to a third reading? 13. Motions may be offered. 14. Announcements.15. Adjournment. 10 a.m.
· Senate Session
Senate Chamber, State Capitol. First Order. Call of Roll. Second Order. Chief clerk's entries. Third Order. Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals. Fourth Order. Report of committees. Fifth Order. Petitions and communications. Sixth Order. Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules. Seventh Order. Advice and consent of the Senate QUESTION: Shall the appointment be confirmed? Beil, Martin, of Madison, as a member of the Deferred Compensation Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2009. (Report confirmation recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Drury, Michael, of Merrill, as a member of the Deferred Compensation Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2011. (Report confirmation recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Macareno, Amelia, of Milwaukee, as a member of the Banking Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013. (Report confirmation recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Eighth Order. Messages from the Assembly. QUESTION: Shall the amendment be concurred in? Senate Bill 51. Relating to: judicial discretion in certain John Doe proceedings and the provision of attorney representation of state employees at John Doe proceedings. (FE) By Senators Kreitlow, Erpenbach, Taylor, Vinehout, Schultz, Hansen, Lehman, Holperin, Kapanke, and Hopper; cosponsored by Representatives Hintz, Spanbauer, Townsend, Ballweg, Shilling, Van Roy, Kaufert, Berceau, Ziegelbauer, Garthwaite, Jorgensen, Sinicki, and Friske. (Received from Assembly amended and concurred in as amended, Assembly amendment 2 adopted) Assembly Amendment 2 pending Ninth Order. Special Orders. QUESTION: Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading? Special order at 11:15 A.M. Senate Bill 181. Relating to: prohibiting smoking in indoor areas, in sports arenas, in public conveyances, and at certain outdoor locations and providing a penalty. (FE) By Senators Risser, Ellis, Robson, Jauch, Miller, Darling, and Coggs; cosponsored by Representatives Richards, A. Ott, Seidel, Zigmunt, Milroy, Benedict, Parisi, Berceau, Black, Roys, Soletski, Gottlieb, Clark, Bernard Schaber, Mursau, Toles, Hilgenberg, Cullen, Sinicki, Townsend, Pope-Roberts, Smith, Pasch, Hintz, Spanbauer, and Montgomery. (Report adoption of Senate Substitute Amendment 1, Ayes 6, Noes 1, passage as amended recommended by committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue, Ayes 5, Noes 2) Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending Tenth Order. Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading. QUESTION: Shall the joint resolution be concurred in? Assembly Joint Resolution 9. Relating to: proclaiming May 15, 16, and 17, 2009, Syttende Mai Weekend. By Representatives Hebl, Nerison, Benedict, Berceau, Bies, Black, Brooks, Gunderson, Hixson, Hubler, Murtha, Parisi, Petrowski, Pocan, Pope-Roberts, Sinicki, Spanbauer, Townsend, Turner, A. Williams, and Toles; cosponsored by Senators Miller, Hansen, Lassa, Lazich, Lehman, Olsen, Plale, Risser, Schultz, Taylor, Vinehout, and Coggs. Assembly Joint Resolution 23. Relating to: declaring May as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month. By Representatives Strachota, Benedict, Spanbauer, M. Williams, Berceau, A. Ott, Dexter, Bies, Brooks, Pasch, Kaufert, Lothian, and Hintz; cosponsored by Senators Erpenbach, Darling, Wirch, Cowles, Taylor, Kedzie, Grothman, Olsen, and Lehman. Assembly Joint Resolution 41. Relating to: declaring June as Scoliosis Awareness Month. By Representatives Molepske Jr., Hebl, Pasch, Pope-Roberts, Hintz, Benedict, Seidel, Berceau, Turner, Strachota, Townsend, A. Williams, A. Ott, Steinbrink, Jorgensen, and Gunderson; cosponsored by Senators Lassa, Lehman, Olsen, Plale, Erpenbach, and Hansen. Assembly Joint Resolution 48. Relating to: Proclaiming May 2, 2009, as Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day. By Representatives Knodl, Kerkman, Berceau, Pope-Roberts, Townsend, and Spanbauer; cosponsored by Senators Darling, Taylor, Miller, and Lehman. Assembly Joint Resolution 50. Relating to: the public service of Allen J. Buechel. By Representatives Spanbauer and Townsend; cosponsored by Senator Hopper. Eleventh Order. Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills. QUESTION: Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading? Senate Bill 14. Relating to: the definition of sexual intercourse for the crime of incest. (FE) By Senators Lassa, Taylor, Sullivan, Coggs, Olsen, Lazich, A. Lasee, Darling, and Plale; cosponsored by Representatives Cullen, Zepnick, A. Williams, Sinicki, Staskunas, Gundrum, Kerkman, Ziegelbauer, Berceau, Townsend, Spanbauer, Vruwink, Strachota, Barca, Turner, and Soletski. (Report passage recommended by committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Senate Bill 31. Relating to: the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, as approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. By Senators Risser, Lehman, Cowles, Plale, Lassa, Miller, Robson, Taylor, and Wirch; cosponsored by Representatives Cullen, Fields, Stone, Davis, Smith, Zepnick, Turner, Berceau, A. Ott, Kaufert, Kestell, Benedict, Townsend, and Shilling. (Report adoption of Senate Substitute Amendment 1, Ayes 5, Noes 0, passage as amended recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending Senate Bill 39. Relating to: cash value of life insurance regarding eligibility for the veterans assistance program. (FE) By Senators Kreitlow, Erpenbach, Taylor, Lassa, Plale, Lehman, Wirch, Vinehout, Schultz, S. Fitzgerald, Leibham, and Lazich; cosponsored by Representatives Milroy, Garthwaite, Hebl, A. Ott, Sinicki, Fields, Townsend, Richards, Smith, Gunderson, Toles, Berceau, Petersen, Bies, and Strachota. (Report passage recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Senate Bill 75. Relating to: the designation of Korean War Armistice Day. By Senators Vinehout, Hansen, Cowles, Coggs, Decker, S. Fitzgerald, Lehman, Lazich, Schultz, Plale, Wirch, Taylor, and Olsen; cosponsored by Representatives Radcliffe, Barca, Benedict, Berceau, Bernard Schaber, Bies, Black, Brooks, Clark, Colon, Cullen, Danou, Davis, Dexter, Fields, Garthwaite, Grigsby, Gunderson, Hebl, Hilgenberg, Hintz, Hixson, Honadel, Hraychuck, Hubler, Huebsch, Jorgensen, Kaufert, Kerkman, Kessler, Kestell, Lothian, Mason, Milroy, Molepske Jr., Montgomery, Murtha, Nelson, A. Ott, Parisi, Pasch, Petrowski, Pocan, Pope-Roberts, Pridemore, Richards, Ripp, Roys, Schneider, Seidel, Sheridan, Sherman, Shilling, Sinicki, Smith, Soletski, Spanbauer, Steinbrink, Tauchen, Toles, Townsend, Turner, Van Akkeren, Vruwink, M. Williams, Zepnick, Ziegelbauer, and Zigmunt. (Report passage recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Senate Bill 76. Relating to: the designation of Vietnam Veterans Day. By Senators Vinehout, Hansen, Cowles, Coggs, Decker, S. Fitzgerald, Lehman, Lazich, Schultz, Plale, Wirch, Taylor, and Olsen; cosponsored by Representatives Radcliffe, Barca, Benedict, Berceau, Bernard Schaber, Bies, Black, Brooks, Clark, Colon, Cullen, Danou, Davis, Dexter, Fields, Garthwaite, Grigsby, Gunderson, Hebl, Hilgenberg, Hintz, Hixson, Honadel, Hraychuck, Hubler, Huebsch, Jorgensen, Kaufert, Kerkman, Kessler, Kestell, Lothian, Mason, Milroy, Molepske Jr., Montgomery, Murtha, Nelson, A. Ott, Parisi, Pasch, Petrowski, Pocan, Pope-Roberts, Pridemore, Richards, Ripp, Roys, Schneider, Seidel, Sheridan, Sherman, Shilling, Sinicki, Smith, Soletski, Spanbauer, Steinbrink, Tauchen, Toles, Townsend, Turner, Van Akkeren, Vruwink, M. Williams, Zepnick, Ziegelbauer, and Zigmunt. (Report passage recommended by committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Senate Bill 112. Relating to: the possession of green skins of fur-bearing animals, the tagging of traps, and the sale, purchase, bartering, and trade of wild animals and their carcasses. (FE) By Senators Holperin, Kedzie, Olsen, and Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Hraychuck, Gunderson, Milroy, A. Ott, Smith, and Vruwink. (Report passage recommended by committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources, Ayes 7, Noes 0) Senate Bill 123. Relating to: regulating the transportation of aquatic plants and aquatic animals, the administration of federal funds for the control and eradication of noxious weeds, the placement of vehicles, seaplanes, watercraft, and other objects in navigable waters, the regulation of noxious weeds by municipalities, the disposal of invasive species, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. (FE) By Senators Jauch, Holperin, Lassa, Lehman, Plale, Risser, and Sullivan; cosponsored by Representatives Milroy, Pocan, A. Ott, Fields, Hraychuck, Hubler, Richards, Seidel, Sherman, Sinicki, Spanbauer, Staskunas, and Steinbrink. (Report adoption of Senate Amendment 1, Ayes 5, Noes 0, passage as amended recommended by committee on Environment, Ayes 5, Noes 0) Senate Amendment 1 pending Senate Bill 137. Relating to: the definitions of motor bicycle and moped. (FE) By Senators Harsdorf, Holperin, Schultz, Taylor, and A. Lasee; cosponsored by Representatives Sherman, Berceau, Ballweg, A. Ott, and Townsend. (Report passage recommended by committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources, Ayes 7, Noes 0) Twelfth Order. Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills. Thirteenth Order. Third reading of joint resolutions and bills. Fourteenth Order. Motions may be offered. Fifteenth Order. Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege. Sixteenth Order. Adjournment. 11:15 a.m.
   Business Events
· Black Business Networking Luncheon: 'Broadband Anyone?'
Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce Black Business Networking Luncheon Greetings! Next Wednesday we will have our Black Business Networking Luncheon. Don't forget your business cards and event flyers. The upcoming summit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 8, 2009, will discuss how you can compete to bring broadband deployment into your communities via grants from the Stimulus Bill ($7.2 billion). Black Business Networking Luncheon Broadband Anyone? Wednesday, May 13, 2009 12:00 noon to 1:30pm 3020 W. Vliet Street (53208) Cost: $5:00 RSVP here! Ruben will present a Broadband Briefing: Connecting in Rural Communities, Connecting in Unserved and Underserved Communities, Revising Southern Towns and Counties, Delivering Broadband to a Community and Strategizing for the Stimulus Grants. Sincerely, Ruben HopkinsWisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce What is Broadband? Broadband Internet access, often shortened to just broadband, is high data rate Internet access-typically contrasted with dial-up access over a 56k modem. Broadband is often called "high-speed" Internet, because it usually has a high rate of data transmission. In general, any connection to the customer of 256 kbit/s (0.256 Mbit/s) or greater is more concisely considered broadband Internet. 12 p.m.
   Other
· Dept. of Commerce International Trade Team
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center, 725 Blue Harbor Drive, Sheboygan. “Global Networking Breakfast” and Program The Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s International Trade Team will be traveling throughout the state the week of May 12-16 meeting with industry representatives interested in growing their export businesses. For additional information, contact Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661. 7:30 a.m.
· Dept. of Commerce International Trade Team
Rock Garden, 1951 Bond St., Green Bay. “Global Perspectives” Program – Comfort Suites Banquet & Conference Center The Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s International Trade Team will be traveling throughout the state the week of May 12-16 meeting with industry representatives interested in growing their export businesses. For additional information, contact Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661. 12 p.m.
· DNR public hearing
Video conference: Eau Claire - Room 139, State Office Building, 718 W. Clairemont Ave. Green Bay - Room 618, State Office Building, 200 N. Jefferson St. Madison - Room 315, The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Stevens Point - Room 211, Communication Art Center, UW-Stevens Point, 1101 Reserve St. May 13 - Pursuant to §§ 77.06(2), 77.82(2m) and (4), 77.88(2)(d)2., 77.91 (1) and 227.11 (2)(a), Wis. Stats., interpreting §§ 77.06(2) and subch. VI of ch. 77, Wis. Stats., the Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on revisions to ch. NR 46, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to the administration of the Forest Crop Law and the Managed Forest Law. The proposed rule: Revises the annual stumpage rates for the period between Nov. 1, 2009 and Oct. 31, 2010 as required in ss. 77.06(2) and 77.91(1), Stats. While the statewide averages increased slightly, there are fluctuations between market zones and individual prices. Of all total 624 prices calculated, 173 (28 percent) increased, 188 (30 percent) decreased and 263 (42 percent) stayed the same. Amends the petition requirements in NR 46.16 (5). Petition requirements are being changed to streamline the administration and processing of new MFL entries. The rule would be modified to allow entries of land per municipality except in cases where lands must cross municipality lines to meet eligibility requirements. Amends management plan requirements in NR 46.18 (5): Deadlines to submit management plans for DNR approval are being changed to make the two application deadlines similar to each other. Landowners with management plans prepared by DNR foresters must return their signed plans by August 1. A change in this deadline to August 15 is proposed to make the certified plan writer and DNR deadline the same for landowners to turn in completed management plans.The proposed rule and fiscal estimate may be reviewed and comments electronically submitted at the following Internet site: http://adminrules.wisconsin.gov. Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted via U.S. mail to Ms. Kathy Nelson, Forest Tax Section, Bureau of Forest Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Comments may be submitted until May 29, 2009. Written comments whether submitted electronically or by U.S. mail will have the same weight and effect as oral statements presented at the public hearings. A personal copy of the proposed rule and fiscal estimate may be obtained from Kathy Nelson at (608) 266-3545. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. with video conference participation available at:   10 a.m.
· DOA Secretary Morgan visits Milwaukee Public Schools Samuel Morse Middle School, 4601 N. 84th St., Milwaukee.
· Dog Federation of Wisconsin legislative briefing on AB 250
300 Southeast, State Capitol. The Dog Federation of Wisconsin will conduct a legislative briefing on Assembly Bill 250 which creates a new license for and defines commercial dog breeding in the State of Wisconsin. For additional information, please contact Gary R. Goyke, Legislative Representative, Dog Federation of Wisconsin 608-237-8108, gnregoyke@mailbag.com 1:30 p.m.
· Door County Legislative Days 2009 Inn On The Park, Madison.
· E-Mail Retention Team
DOA, Conference Room 540, 101 E. Wilson St., Madison. Agenda 1. E-Mail Activity Updates Since last meeting 20 minutes April 2009 Presentation to WAAL (Amy) UW Business Communication Webcast (Laura demo to ROC) DHS Quest deployment (Steve) Other 2. Training Workgroup Updates (Ana, Abbie) 25 minutes 3. New Issues (All) 30 minutes 4. Next Steps (All) 15 minutes 2 p.m.
· PSC roundtable discussion: 'Mapping broadband' 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· PSC telephone hearing
Jefferson Utility Office, 425 Collins Road, Jefferson. 610 N.Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 2750-ER-105) Application of the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, as an Electric Public Utility, for Authority to Increase Electric Rates 9:30 a.m.
· Solar Collaborative Work Group Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.

May 14
   Fundraisers
· Cocktail reception in support of AG J.B. Van Hollen
The Resch Center, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay. Hosts: Gold ($300 Per Couple) Silver ($100 Per Couple) Guests: ($100 Per Person) PAC Contributions welcome Host names due by Monday, April 27, 2009 Contact: Mary Stitt at 262-268-6859 or marystitt@wi.rr.com 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Agriculture public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
   Business Events
· 2009 Business Friend of the Environment Awards
Country Springs Conference Center, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen participates in prescription drug abuse roundtable forum
Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, 300 N. Broadway, Green Bay. GREEN BAY — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will be participating in the Partners in Education Drug Alliance’s Prescription Drug Abuse Roundtable Forum tomorrow. Partners in Education Drug Alliance Prescription Drug Abuse Roundtable Forum For more information: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 Cindy Polzin 608/266-1221 Partners in Education is a program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. 1:30 p.m.
· Birthday -- Rep. Fred Clark
· Dept. of Commerce International Trade Team
North Central Technical College, E101/102 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau. “Navigating the Global Marketplace: Opportunities for Northern Wisconsin Businesses” Program The Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s International Trade Team will be traveling throughout the state the week of May 12-16 meeting with industry representatives interested in growing their export businesses. For additional information, contact Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661. 7:45 a.m.
· DHS town hall meeting
Northeastern Technical College, Student Center, Executive Dining Room, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay. Meeting on proposed rules affecting emergency medical services. 6 p.m.
· DNR hearing
Adams County Courthouse, 400 Main St., Friendship. A contested case hearing in the matter of a draw off order issued to Charles D. Pheiffer regarding the unsafe condition of the White Creek dam, located on the White Creek, Adams County, Wisconsin will commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room A260 at the Adams County Courthouse, 400 Main St., Friendship. For information contact the Division of Hearings and Appeals at (608) 266-7709. 10:30 a.m.
· DOJ Wisconsin Project Safe Childhood
Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. 8:30 a.m.
· DVA Central Office Equity and Diversity Committee
Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 9th Floor Conference Room, 30 W. Mifflin St., Madison. 9 a.m.
· Madison Mayor Cieslewicz, Trek launch “Ride the Drive”
Olin Park Shelter, Madison. Mayor, Others to Preview New Event and Bike City Streets Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will join Trek President John Burke and community and City leaders to launch “Ride the Drive” on Thursday, May 14 at 10:45a.m. at the Olin Park Shelter. Ride the Drive is an exciting new community event in August that will transform some of Madison’s streets by closing them to vehicle traffic and allowing participants to bike, skate or walk through some of Madison’s signature streets. During the event, a 6-mile loop will be open for participants. Thursday’s launch will detail the August event. The mayor and others will also take a preview ride through part of the Ride the Drive route. Press will have photo opportunities at both Olin Park and along the route. WHO: Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Trek President John Burke Community and City leaders WHAT: Launch of Ride the Drive and preview ride of route Following remarks at the Olin Park Shelter, press will have time to set up along the biking route for photos of the preview ride. Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson, (608) 266-4611 10:45 a.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Municipal Building, 210 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. 610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 2480-WR-102) Application of Hartland Municipal Water Utility, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 9:30 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 N. Whitney Way, Madison.
· State Treasurer Sass presents Unclaimed Property Outreach Tour
Contact: Eva Robelia, Office of the State Treasurer, 608-261-2159 Tour Coming to Crawford and Grant Counties More than 7,600 people in the two county area have unclaimed property totaling more than $723,000 Thursday, May 14, State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass will be at the public libraries in Lancaster and Prairie Du Chien with the Unclaimed Property database to help people search for lost and forgotten property. Statewide, over one million people and businesses have unclaimed property in Wisconsin totaling more than $352 million. In the two county area, the numbers are as follows: · Crawford County has more than 1,900 people with unclaimed property worth more than $167,000. · Grant County has more than 5,700 people with unclaimed property worth more than $556,000. Since the outreach tour began, over two years ago, record amounts of unclaimed property have been returned to the rightful owners. To find out if you have unclaimed property please visit us at the one of the below listed locations, or click on www.statetreasury.wisconsin.gov to search the database. Unclaimed Property Visit for Thursday, May 14, 2009: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lancaster Public Library, 113 W. Elm St., Lancaster. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Prairie Du Chien Public Library, 125 S. Wacouta Ave., Prairie Du Chien. 12 p.m.
· UW-Madison 'Bracing for Impact' seminar
1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, 425 Henry Mall, Madison. MADISON - How is climate change affecting Wisconsin, and how can the state adapt? A series of free public seminars beginning Feb. 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will address those questions. "Bracing for Impact: Climate Change Adaptation in Wisconsin," is the theme of the nine-part series, to be held in room 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building, 425 Henry Mall. Each seminar will start at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Most will feature two speakers. All but one will be on Thursday evenings. Free parking is available nearby in Lot 20 at 1390 University Ave. The series is sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). Launched last year by UW-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the statewide project seeks to assess the potential consequences of climate change for Wisconsin's ecosystems, industries, farms and human health and to recommend adaptation strategies. Organizer Michael Notaro says the seminars will be aimed at the general public as well as at people with professional interests in the topic who may not be familiar with WICCI. "We've had big improvements in climate models," says Notaro, a scientist with the Nelson Institute's Center for Climatic Research (CCR) and a WICCI research collaborator. "Now we can more confidently trust their predictions, and we can pursue them in higher resolution to look at the probable affects of climate change in more detail, on the scale of the state." Seminar dates, topics, and speakers are: - Feb. 26 - Introducing the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. Dick Lathrop, research scientist, DNR; and Dan Vimont, assistant professor, environmental studies/atmospheric and oceanic sciences, UW-Madison. - March 4 (Wednesday) - Wisconsin's future climate. Michael Notaro. - March 19 - Recent evidence of Wisconsin climate change. Chris Kucharik, assistant professor, agronomy/environmental studies, UW-Madison. - March 26 - Responses of Wisconsin's fish to climate change. Matthew Mitro and Jon Lyons, research scientists, DNR. - April 9 - Responses of Wisconsin's lakes and ecosystems to climate change. John Magnuson, emeritus professor, zoology and limnology; and Jack Williams, associate professor, geography/environmental studies, UW-Madison. - April 30 - Impacts of climate change on Wisconsin's storm water and coastal areas. David Liebl, storm water specialist, UW-Extension. - May 7 - Health impacts of climate change. Jonathan Patz, professor, environmental studies/population health sciences, UW-Madison. Also, Enhanced Wisconsin weather extremes. Steve Vavrus, senior scientist, CCR, UW-Madison. - May 14 - Response of Wisconsin's wildlife to climate change. Karl Martin, chief, wildlife and forestry research, and Michael Meyer, research scientist, DNR. - June 4 - Climate change impacts on Wisconsin ecosystems. David Mladenoff, professor, forest and wildlife ecology/environmental studies, and Sara Hotchkiss, assistant professor, botany/environmental studies, UW-Madison. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will record the presentations for broadcast later this year on its Wisconsin Channel. The programs also will be archived on WPT's Web site. For more information, visit WICCI online at wicci.wisc.edu or contact Notaro at 608-261-1503, mnotaro@wisc.edu. 7 p.m.

May 15
   State Government
· Special committee on Justice Reinvestment Initiative Oversight
412 East, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· IBA Wisconsin annual meeting
Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
· Wisconsin's International Trade Office Directors' Breakfast
Hilton Monona Terrace, 9 E. Wilson St., Madison. Continental Breakfast and Informal Networking Event Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am Adjourn: 9:00 am Wisconsin businesses have multiple resources at their disposal in their efforts to expand international business. Each May, the directors of Wisconsin' international trade offices visit the state to update businesses on market conditions and opportunities around the world. The Madison International Trade Association is proud to host the directors for an informal breakfast meeting where you can: Hear first-hand about the market opportunities in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, and Mexico Discuss business practices & potential Learn about available resources Network with other local companies and share export experiences For more information or to register: www.mitaweb.org 7:30 a.m.
   Other
· Announcement of 62nd Alice in Dairyland
Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway, Burlington.
· Birthday -- Rep. Gary Hebl
· DHS town hall meeting
Best Western Lakewood Lodge, 17185 Flynn Lane, Lakewood. Meeting on proposed rules affecting emergency medical services. 6 p.m.
· Gov. Doyle acts on recovery legislation
Governor’s Conference Room, State Capitol. Governor Doyle will act on legislation to invest in long-term economic growth and make Wisconsin a strong partner in moving the national economy forward tomorrow, Friday, May 15, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 12:30 p.m.
· OCI Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
GEF 3, Room 219, 125 S. Webster St., Madison. 10 a.m.

May 16
· Join Hands Day Dog Walk & Pet Expo
   Fundraisers
· DPW Founders Day Gala
Midwest Airlines Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Congressman Dave Obey to Keynote DPW Founders Day Gala Founders Day to Honor and Celebrate Appropriations Chair’s 40 Years in Congress MADISON – Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) Chair Joe Wineke announced today that Congressman Dave Obey will keynote the Party’s annual Founders Day Gala on Saturday, May 16 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee. During the event, Democrats from across the state will gather to honor and celebrate Obey’s 40 years of service in Congress. “During his 40 years in Congress, Dave Obey has been a fierce and courageous advocate for working families, and we are honored to have him keynote our Founders Day Gala,” said Wineke. “To Democrats across the state, Obey is an unwavering progressive leader, and heir to the legacy of Robert La Follette.” Founder’s Day is the Party’s signature event and primary annual fundraiser for Democrats in Wisconsin. This year, Founders Day will help the Party build on the success of the 2008 presidential and state elections and ensure continued Democratic victories in 2010 and beyond. For ticket information, visit our website at www.wisdems.org or contact Mary Lang Sollinger at 608.260.2408 or maryls@wisdems.org. All tickets include a copy of Congressman Obey’s book, Raising Hell for Justice. About Congressman Obey: Obey, of Wausau, is a progressive in the tradition of Robert La Follette. He has been a Democratic Member of Congress since 1969, representing Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Obey was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1962 and served until 1968, when he was elected to the House to replace eight-term incumbent Melvin R. Laird. Obey, only 30 when he was elected, became the youngest member of Congress upon taking his seat. He has been re-elected 18 times and is the third-longest serving member of the House. In Congress, Obey chaired the commission to write the House's Code of Ethics. Among the reforms he instituted was one requiring members of the House to disclose their personal financial dealings to reveal potential conflicts of interest. Obey currently serves as chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Note to Media: Members of the media are invited to attend the event. R.S.V.P. to alecl@wisdems.org. CONTACT: Alec Loftus, DPW Communications Director, 608-260-2406, alecl@wisdems.org 6 p.m.

May 17
   Other
· Former Gov. Lucey addresses Edgewood College Spring Commencement
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Alliant Energy Center, Madison. Edgewood College will honor its undergraduate and graduate degree candidates this Sunday, May 17, at its 2009 spring Commencement Ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center. President Dr. Daniel J. Carey will present degrees to nearly 300 undergraduates, and to more than 50 masters and doctoral candidates. At the ceremony, the College will present the honorary degree of Doctor of Law to former Wisconsin governor Patrick J. Lucey. Mr. Lucey will also serve as the guest speaker for the ceremony. The College will also confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (posthumously) on Henry Predolin, a longtime benefactor of the College. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. About Edgewood College Located in Madison, WI, Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican tradition, with 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s degrees in business, education, nursing, and other fields, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit www.edgewood.edu, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Communications at 608-663-2333. 2 p.m.
· Milwaukee Mayor Barrett calls for Ceasefire Sabbath
9:30-10:00 a.m. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 2464 W. Atkinson Avenue 10:15-10:45 a.m. St. Hyacinth Catholic Church 1414 West Becher Street 12:30-1:00 p.m. Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church 2432 N. Teutonia Avenue City’s Faith Leaders to Preach Non-Violence MILWAUKEE – Mayor Barrett has enlisted the support of the faith community to help him deliver a message of non-violence and encourage a safe summer in the community during services on Sunday, May 17. “Public safety has always been my top priority and Ceasefire Sabbath is an important part of my efforts to galvanize the community in fighting crime, reducing violence and making every neighborhood safe,” said Mayor Barrett. “Congregations around the City will stand together to help rid the community of violence and illegal guns. They are an important partner in continuing the progress we’ve made in reducing homicides and violent crime in Milwaukee.” Contact: Jodie Tabak (414) 286-8504 9:30 a.m.

May 18
   State Government
· Gov. Doyle signs statewide smoking ban
Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 Governor Doyle will sign legislation enacting a statewide smoking ban on Monday, May 18, 2009 at events in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison. The Governor will be joined at the events by business owners, health officials and advocates for the smoking ban. Governor Doyle’s Smoking Ban Events for Monday, May 18, 2009: 10:30 a.m. Cempazuchi 1205 E. Brady Street Milwaukee 12:15 p.m. Titletown Brewing Company 200 Dousman Street Green Bay 2:15 p.m. State Capitol Madison 10:30 a.m.
   Business Events
· BIO 2009
Atlanta. For more information: http://convention.bio.org/
   Other
· DRL Secretary Jackson gives welcome at WAAODA conference
Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc. Madison, WI – Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) Secretary Celia Jackson will deliver the welcome at the 43rd Annual Spring Conference of the Wisconsin Association on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (WAAODA) on Monday, May 18th at 8:00 a.m. at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc. The theme of the conference is “Strength Through Connections: Vision, Recovery, Spirit and Changing Lives.” “Those individuals who provide substance abuse services to people battling alcohol and other drug dependence are true heroes,” said Secretary Jackson. DRL issues credentials to and regulates substance abuse counselors in Wisconsin. More than 300 people are expected to attend the WAAODA conference. About The Department of Regulation and Licensing: The Department of Regulation and Licensing, and related professional boards, license and regulate 128 different types of credentials in 57 professional fields. The Department issues more than 50,000 new credentials and renews approximately 350,000 credential holders each biennium. The agency also provides centralized administrative services to 64 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The Department of Regulation and Licensing protects the citizens of Wisconsin by ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals through regulation, education, experience, examination, practice standards, and compliance. David W Carlson, Communications Officer davidw.carlson@wisconsin.gov 608.266.6795 or 608.516.0558 (cell) 8 a.m.
· First Lady Doyle, DCF Secretary Bicha honor foster care award winners
Executive Residence, 99 Cambridge Road, Madison. 2009 Governor’s Foster Care Awards In celebration of Foster Care Month, First Lady Jessica Doyle and Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha will recognize the remarkable work of eleven foster parents and four foster youths by honoring them with the 2009 Governor’s Foster Care Award. The award ceremony, sponsored by Adoption Resources of Wisconsin, will highlight the special commitment of these foster parents who have guided countless children through difficult times. The event will also celebrate the incredible accomplishments of foster youths as they overcame the challenges of growing up in non-traditional environments. With: First Lady Jessica Doyle Reggie Bicha, Secretary, Department of Children and Families Oriana Carey, Manager of Programs, Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center Award Winners from: Dane, Eau Claire, Juneau, La Crosse, Milwaukee, Racine, St. Croix and Waushara counties Contacts: Erika Monroe-Kane, Department of Children and Families, 608-266-9000 Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 2:30 p.m.
· Forum on Health Care Reform
Pettit National Ice Center @ State Fair Park, 500 S. 84th Street (just off I-94 at the 84th Street exit), West Allis. Featuring: • Shirley Ellis, Senior Adviser to Congresswoman Gwen Moore (4th CD) • Robert Kraig, PhD, the Director of Programs for Wisconsin Citizen Action • Paulette Garin, Wisconsin Coordinator, Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care • Siavash Sarlati, an MD candidate who participated in the recent health care reform forum in Washington DC • Dr. Rene Settle-Robinson, a practicing physician in Milwaukee Moderator: • State Representative Jon Richards, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health and Health Care Reform This event is free and open to the public For more information, email chair-issues@milwaukeedems.org Paulette Garin, Wisconsin Coordinator Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care 7 p.m.
· Kenosha workers picket Chrysler engine plant
Chrysler LLC Kenosha Engine Plant, 5555 30th Ave., Kenosha. Kenosha Workers Picket to Save Chrysler Engine Plant Taxpayer Money Should Be Used to Maintain U.S. Jobs On Monday, May 18th, workers and community members will picket outside of the Chrysler Engine Plant in Kenosha, urging the company to reconsider its restructuring plan. As things stand, the Kenosha Engine Plant is scheduled to close, eliminating 800 Wisconsin jobs. Meanwhile, Chrysler is planning to build and expand facilities in Mexico. This is a betrayal of billions of dollars that United States taxpayers have invested to keep Chrysler in business. Contact: Glenn Stark, 262-497-1921 5 p.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton launches Wisconsin Wetland Association’s Gem List
School Road Boat Launch, School and Wheeler Road, Cherokee Marsh, Madison. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will provide welcoming remarks at the statewide launch of the Wisconsin Wetland Association’s Gem List on Monday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cherokee Marsh. The list contains 100 high-quality sites that represent the diversity of wetland types found in each geographic region of Wisconsin Lt. Governor Lawton will discuss the economic and ecological impact of wetlands, including flood control, water purification, wildlife preservation and tourism. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 11 a.m.
· Wisconsin Safety Council Annual Safety and Health Conference and Exposition
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.
· Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line press conference
Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, 1901 S. Oneida St., Green Bay. During Tough Times, Program Expands to Help Wisconsin Military Personnel & Veterans Quit Tobacco The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is announcing an expansion of the innovative statewide program Operation Quit Tobacco, designed to help troops and veterans quit tobacco addiction. Operation Quit Tobacco offers free medication and coaching through the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line to all Wisconsin military personnel (active duty, Wisconsin National Guard members, reservists and veterans) who want to quit tobacco use. Research indicates that tobacco use rates among military personnel are extremely high--especially those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan--and do not decrease upon their return from active duty. This could result in an epidemic of lung cancer in years to come. With: Michael Fiore, MD, professor of medicine, director of the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) and an internationally recognized expert in tobacco control. UW-CTRI conducts groundbreaking research and helps Wis. smokers through its outreach program and the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. Andrew M. Schuster, director of public affairs for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). WDVA provides, loans, long-term health care, need-based grants, assistance in applying for federal veterans benefits and numerous other services to eligible Wisconsin veterans, deployed service members and their families. Daryl Bly, Ripon, quit smoking with the help of the Quit Line. Bly is a veteran of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. When he was discharged, he had attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class. He was never deployed overseas but had been called out by Gov. Warren Knowles to keep order during the riots on the UW-Madison campus in the 1960s and in Milwaukee during Fr. Groppi's civil rights' demonstrations in 1967. Contact: Moira Harrington, 608-512-5066 (cell) mh1@ctri.medicine.wisc.edu or Chris Hollenback, 608-217-2865 (cell) ch3@ctri.medicine.wisc.edu 9:30 a.m.

May 19
· First Lady Doyle to Host ‘Reading Day’ at the Executive Residence
WHERE: Executive Residence 99 Cambridge Road Madison WHEN: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 9:00 a.m. First Lady Jessica Doyle will host the last ‘Reading Day’ of the 2008-2009 school year on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Executive Residence in Madison. Students from across Wisconsin will discuss the importance of reading and their favorite books with Mrs. Doyle. Schools attending the May Reading Day include: 9:00 a.m. Glen Hills Middle School, Glendale 10:00 a.m. Carver Academy, Milwaukee 11:00 a.m. Wright Middle School, Madison 12:30 p.m. Green Bay Area High Schools, Green Bay 1:30 p.m. Wheatland Center School, Burlington Mrs. Doyle’s online book club, Read On Wisconsin!, is for students and educators across the state. Throughout the school year, Mrs. Doyle recommends books for five age groups each month. In addition to visiting the Executive Residence, students have the opportunity to discuss the books on the web site. To learn more about Read On Wisconsin! or to join the club, visit http://readon.wi.gov. Contact: Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 9:00 am
   Fundraisers
· Martinis & Mayhem with U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
Capitol Hill Club Grill, 300 1st St. SE, Washington, DC $1,000 Friends $500 Individuals Please make checks payable to: The Sensenbrenner Committee c/o Carole Goeas & Associates 1707 Prince St, #5 Alexandria, VA 22314 RSVP to Meredith Mino at 703-684-8330 or Meredith@GoeasAssociates.com Authorized and paid for by The Sensenbrenner Committee. 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Education executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Education public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Public Safety executive session
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Public Safety public hearing
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· BIO 2009
Atlanta. For more information: http://convention.bio.org/
· DBIC presents 'Fundamentals of Cheese Distribution' seminar
DATCP, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison. MADISON, Wis. – Specialty cheese companies interested in increasing sales and improving buyer relationships should plan to register now for one of two upcoming seminars sponsored by the Dairy Business Innovation Center. The DBIC will present “Fundamentals of Cheese Distribution: How to Gain and Retain Distribution of Specialty & Artisan Cheese” at two seminars in May. The events are open to all dairy companies and will be held on May 19 in Madison and May 20 in River Falls. Cost is $75 to attend. Registration is due May 12. Participants will be the first in the industry to view an interactive DVD, featuring more than 25 national retailers, distributors, chefs and cheese marketers, all who graciously sat down with the DBIC on camera and provided detailed answers on how to: Prepare for initial contacts with a retailer, distributor or foodservice operation What to consider when designing or updating cheese packaging Who makes the buying decision and what criteria they use What types of in-store merchandising support are effective and why Critiques of cheese labeling and packaging “Whether you’re an experienced cheese marketer or at the initial stages of creating a specialty cheese, we think you’ll gain valuable insights that will help you avoid the most common and costly mistakes of introducing or expanding distribution of your product,” said Andrea Neu, DBIC Client Brand Positioning Director. Companies interested in purchasing a copy of the Fundaments of Cheese Distribution DVD, produced by the DBIC, will be required to attend either one of the seminars, or sign up for one-on-one training. Participants will have the option at the end of each seminar to purchase the DVD for an additional $75. Optional one-on-one training, including the DVD, will cost $500. Pre-registration is required for both seminars. The May 19 seminar in Madison will be held at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture at 2811 Agriculture Drive from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. The May 20 seminar in River Falls will be held on the UW River Falls campus from 1 to 4:30 p.m. To register, contact Kathy Brown, DBIC, 888-623-2269 or email planningoptions@charter.net. Contact: Jeanne Carpenter, DBIC, 608-358-7837 8:30 a.m.
· WPUI presents 'Nuclear-Status in the Midwest'
Meeting Base Load Needs in the Face of Carbon ConstraintsSession One: Nuclear-Status in the MidwestMay 19, 2009Draft ProgramTong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building In an effort to replace green house gas emitting fuels as well as enhance energy supply diversity, attention has increasingly turned to renewable portfolio standards and the addition of a price on carbon emissions. At the same time, projections for base load demand show that increased generation capacity will be needed. What strategies can utilities adopt to meet base load demand while satisfying constraints on carbon? After a hiatus of three decades, more than twenty new nuclear reactors are undergoing licensing in the U.S. However, with large capital requirements, storage of spent fuel, concerns for accidents and non-proliferation, the addition of new nuclear capacity is far from certain. This program looks at the question of nuclear power in future base load portfolios. Should, would, can, might, it have a role? Quick Links Register Now More On WPUI About ECB Tong Auditorium can be found between Camp Randall and University Ave in the Engineering Centers Building (ECB). Parking is available in in Lot 17.Click to map with Google Maps Directions to the ECB: As you leave Lot 17, turn west (left) and you will see the ECB at the far end of the drive. As you enter the doors, go down the corridor to the right of the elevator. Tong Auditorium is on your right. May 19, 2009 Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building University of Wisconsin Madison1550 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 537069:00 Introduction - WPUI 9:10 Public Service Commission on Nuclear Eric Callisto, Chair Public Service Commission9:45 Break 10:00 How Does or Can Nuclear Fit into Future Baseload? Harold Ray, Southern California Edison Renewables are breaking ground at an astonishing rate, but do they play a significant role in reliability issues associated with base load? With current nuclear plants being expensive and big, how should utility planners be thinking about their future base load requirements? 10:45 Break 11:00 Would You Invest in a Nuclear Power Plant (TBD-have asked BAS and S&P for names) 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Price Check on Register One! A Nuclear Plant for Around Two Billion? Bruce Landrey, NuScale Power, INC. Will the emergence of smaller, modular nuclear plants bring about new growth in nuclear power? How will this technology change the way nuclear plants are created and what does this mean for utility business plans? 1:30 Post Yucca Mountain-Blessing of Curse in Disguise? Paul Wilson The current administration is effectively shutting down Yucca Mountain. What is the Federal Government doing and why is this investment being mothballed? Is their a silver lining to this move? 2:00 Break 2:15 Preview of a Report To GAO-On-Site Interim or Long Term Storage John Parkyn, Private Fuel Storage, LLC Attendees will get a preview of John Parkyn's report on the pros and cons of different storage strategies.2:45 Panel Discussion: All speakers - Centralized vs. Decentralized Storage - Reprocessing-is it necessary today? - Financing power projects: At a cost of $18 billion and a greater than 10 year payback, will there ever be another plant built? 3:15 Adjourn 9 a.m.
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Sandy Pasch
· Dept. of Commerce Comm 14 Code Council
Dept. of Commerce, Conference Room 3B, 201 W. Washington Ave., Madison. 9 a.m.
· DNR public hearing
Knights of Columbus, 236 Pumphouse Road, Chippewa Falls. May 19 – A public hearing on an air pollution control permit application, for construction and operation of an industrial sand mine and processing facility at 1425 County Highway S, Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, and 42nd Street/55th Street/County Trunk Highway B, Town of Howard, Chippewa County will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 236 Pumphouse Road, Chippewa Falls. Canadian Sand And Proppants, Inc., submitted to the Department of Natural Resources a permit applications including plans and specifications (air pollution control construction permit no. 08-RAF-226, and operation permit 609072860-F01, a synthetic minor permit) for construction and operation of an industrial sand mine and processing facility. DNR has made a preliminary determination that the application meets state and federal air pollution control requirements and that the permit should be approved. The permit application, the DNR’s analysis and draft permit prepared by the DNR is available on the air permit page of the DNR Web site and at the DNR Bureau of Air Management Headquarters, Seventh Floor, 101 South Webster St., Madison, DNR West Central Region Headquarters, 1300 W. Clairemont, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, , tel. (715) 839-3700; and at the Chippewa Falls Public Library 105 W. Central St. Chippewa Falls, , or contact Roger A. Fritz at (608) 266-1201 or by e-mail at Roger.Fritz@Wisconsin.gov. Written comments on the application or DNR’s review should be received by May 27, 2009 and sent to: Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Air Management, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. Attn.: Roger Fritz. For information contact contact Roger Fritz, at (608)266-1201. 1:30 p.m.
· DNR public hearing
DNR Fitchburg Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg. May 19 - Pursuant to § 283.49, Wis. Stats., a public hearing for the purpose of giving all interested persons an opportunity to make a statement with respect to the proposed reissuance of Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Permit No. WI-0046515-5 Nonmetallic Mining Operations General Wastewater Discharge Permit. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Gathering Waters Conference room, DNR Fitchburg Service Center, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg. The nonmetallic mining operations general permit covers sand, gravel, dimension stone, rotten granite, clay pit, crushed stone and contiguous concrete operations that discharge mine dewatering wastewater, washwater, dust control water, non-contact cooling water, boiler blowdown, and other types of process wastewaters to surface waters or groundwater. The permit also contains storm water control requirements for nonmetallic mines and contiguous concrete operations as authorized in Ch. NR 216, Wis. Adm. Code. Approximately 2,200 nonmetallic mining operations are covered under the existing version of this general permit. More information, including a copy of the proposed permit, is available for downloading at the WPDES Public Notices Web page or contact Jeffrey Brauer, DNR, 101 S. Webster St. PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921, (608) 267-7643, jeff.brauer@wisconsin.gov. 1:30 p.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton keynotes green jobs roundtable
Rothwell Student Center Ballroom, 1605 Catlin Ave., Superior. Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:00 a.m. Western Technical College Academic Resource Center, Rm. 200 400 Seventh St. North La Crosse, WI Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will keynote via teleconference four green jobs roundtables in Milwaukee, Appleton, Superior and La Crosse. These events, which are hosted by the UW-Extension School for Workers and will convene community and business leaders, labor union representatives, and members of environmental organizations, begin on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9 a.m. in the WRTP/BIG STEP Center of Excellent in Milwaukee. Information on roundtables in Appleton, Superior and La Crosse can be found below. Participants will consider strategies to create green jobs in their communities, identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors, and develop action plans to drive toward sustainable economic development. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 9 a.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton keynotes inaugural Racine Art Museum Legacy Awards
Racine Country Club, 2801 Northwestern Ave., Racine. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will keynote the inaugural Racine Art Museum Legacy Awards (RAMMYS) ceremony on May 19 at 12:00 p.m. at the Racine Country Club. The RAMMYS honor individuals and corporations who have made significant contributions to the Racine Art Museum. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 12 p.m.
· Press conference on budget deficit, impact on most vulnerable citizens
Senate Parlor, State Capitol. Representatives from a broad coalition of groups will discuss the state’s projected $6.6 billion budget gap and its potential impact on Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents. The groups will focus on how cuts already proposed by Governor Doyle, as well as potential additional reductions under consideration, could hurt families affected by the recession. Speakers will also discuss the effects of cutting state aid to children and seniors, the mentally ill, and people with disabilities. The groups are asking lawmakers to take a balanced approach to fixing the deficit that includes both spending reductions and targeted revenue increases in order to protect Wisconsin families. Sponsors include the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Counties Association, Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, Wisconsin Council of Churches, AFT-Wisconsin, Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, League of Women Voters, Community Advocates, Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Christian Center, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Wisconsin Alliance of Cities, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Wisconsin Community Action Program Association. Contact: Bob Jacobson Wisconsin Council on Children & Families (608) 284-0580 x 303 Mark D. O’Connell Wisconsin Counties Association (608) 663-7188 Joe Fahey Institute for Wisconsin’s Future (414) 491-2709 9:30 a.m.
· PSC pre-hearing conference
610 N. Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5-CE-138) Joint Application of Wisconsin Power and Light Company, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, and Madison Gas and Electric Company for a Certificate of Authority to Install Emissions Reduction Systems at the Columbia Energy Center Units 1 and 2 9:30 a.m.
· UW Board of Regents Committee for UW-Parkside Chancellor Search
Van Hise Hall, 19th Floor Conference Room, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison. 8:30 a.m.
· Wisconsin Crime Victims Rights Board
The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake. 12 p.m.
· Wisconsin Safety Council Annual Safety and Health Conference and Exposition
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.
· Wisconsin Technical College System Board
WTCS System Office, 4622 University Ave., Madison.
· WISPIRG press conference on nuclear power
Assembly Parlor, State Capitol. Is Nuclear Power Cost Effective for Wisconsin Consumers? New Report Compares the Cost of Nuclear Power to Other Electricity Sources The nuclear industry has languished for decades because of high costs and safety concerns. In an attempted revival, the nuclear industry has recently proposed 30 new reactors across the country, and the companies are asking ratepayers and taxpayers to foot the bill for construction. Here in Wisconsin the nuclear industry is pushing to overturn a long-standing law that prevents new nuclear plants from being built unless the proposed plant is “economically advantageous to ratepayers” and there is “adequate capacity to dispose of high-level nuclear waste.” But is nuclear power cost effective for consumers and taxpayers? A new WISPIRG Foundation report will compare the cost of electricity produced from nuclear, wind, solar, and other energy sources, as well as energy saved from energy efficiency measures. Who: Kara Rumsey, WISPIRG Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Contact: Kara Rumsey (608) 251-9501 11 a.m.

May 20
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Natural Resources executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Joint Committee on Audit public hearing
411 South, State Capitol.
· State Building Commission Governor's Conference Room, 115 East, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· BIO 2009
Atlanta. For more information: http://convention.bio.org/
· DBIC presents 'Fundamentals of Cheese Distribution' seminar
UW-River Falls. MADISON, Wis. – Specialty cheese companies interested in increasing sales and improving buyer relationships should plan to register now for one of two upcoming seminars sponsored by the Dairy Business Innovation Center. The DBIC will present “Fundamentals of Cheese Distribution: How to Gain and Retain Distribution of Specialty & Artisan Cheese” at two seminars in May. The events are open to all dairy companies and will be held on May 19 in Madison and May 20 in River Falls. Cost is $75 to attend. Registration is due May 12. Participants will be the first in the industry to view an interactive DVD, featuring more than 25 national retailers, distributors, chefs and cheese marketers, all who graciously sat down with the DBIC on camera and provided detailed answers on how to: Prepare for initial contacts with a retailer, distributor or foodservice operation What to consider when designing or updating cheese packaging Who makes the buying decision and what criteria they use What types of in-store merchandising support are effective and why Critiques of cheese labeling and packaging “Whether you’re an experienced cheese marketer or at the initial stages of creating a specialty cheese, we think you’ll gain valuable insights that will help you avoid the most common and costly mistakes of introducing or expanding distribution of your product,” said Andrea Neu, DBIC Client Brand Positioning Director. Companies interested in purchasing a copy of the Fundaments of Cheese Distribution DVD, produced by the DBIC, will be required to attend either one of the seminars, or sign up for one-on-one training. Participants will have the option at the end of each seminar to purchase the DVD for an additional $75. Optional one-on-one training, including the DVD, will cost $500. Pre-registration is required for both seminars. The May 19 seminar in Madison will be held at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture at 2811 Agriculture Drive from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. The May 20 seminar in River Falls will be held on the UW River Falls campus from 1 to 4:30 p.m. To register, contact Kathy Brown, DBIC, 888-623-2269 or email planningoptions@charter.net. Contact: Jeanne Carpenter, DBIC, 608-358-7837 1 p.m.
· Wisconsin BBB Torch Award Workshop
1047 N. Lyndale Dr. STE 1A, Appleton. 8 a.m.
   Other
· 2009 Public Transportation Day news conference
Rotunda, State Capitol. 11 a.m.
· Madison Night in Milwaukee
Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. Hosted by the City of Milwaukee, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association on Commerce and Milwaukee County. See details: http://www.mmac.org/display/router.asp?DocID=488&Event=1217&StartDate=05/20/2009 5 p.m.
· PSC telephone hearing
Sturgeon Bay Utilities Administrative Offices, 230 East Vine St., Sturgeon Bay. 610 N.Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 5780-WR-102) Application of Sturgeon Bay Utilities, Door County, Wisconsin, for Authority to Increase Water Rates 9 a.m.
· State Building Commission Administrative Affairs Subcommittee 330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· State Building Commission Higher Education Subcommittee 330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· Wisconsin Better Business Bureau workshop
1047 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 1A, Appleton. The Wisconsin BBB will be holding a series of free workshops to help companies apply for the 2009 Torch Award for Business Ethics & Integrity. At these workshops, companies will learn how to apply, discover what the judges are looking for, see past winning applications and ask any questions about the process. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. RSVP to JoEllen or Ginny at 920-734-4352 8 a.m.
· Wisconsin Crime Victims Rights Board
The Osthoff Resort, 101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake. 8:30 a.m.
· Wisconsin Family Action Legislative Breakfast on divorce reform
411 South, State Capitol. Featuring Mr. Mike McManus of Marriage Savers. Each year Wisconsin spends $737 million as a result of fragmented families. Each year over 15,000 minor children in Wisconsin are directly affected by divorce. Fractured families, broken lives and wounded children cost this state in many ways. Reducing divorce even in just one segment of marriages, couples with minor children, can help save families, children and money. Mike McManus is a long-time champion of saving marriages and has a track record of success. His ideas can help Wisconsin return to a culture of marriage, which is a win for everyone. Contact: Julaine K. Appling, President Phone: 608-268-5074 (Madison); 866-849-2536 (toll-free) Fax: 608-256-3370 Email: info@wisconsinfamilyaction.org 8 a.m.
· Wisconsin Safety Council Annual Safety and Health Conference and Exposition
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

May 21
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Insurance public hearing
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs informational hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security executive session
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Homeland Security public hearing
300 Northeast, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources executive session
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources public hearing
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
   Business Events
· BIO 2009
Atlanta. For more information: http://convention.bio.org/
· Chippewa Co. Economic Development Corp. 14th annual meeting Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls.
· Presentation on the Wisconsin Wind Energy Supply Chain Directory project
Thursday May 21, 2009 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Cannery Grill 315 E. Linnerud Dr. Downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin The event will consist of a presentation on the Wisconsin Wind Energy Supply Chain Directory project by Jerry Murphy of the New North, with networking to follow. Qualified companies interested in being part of this directory will be able to sign up at this event. No charge for the event for attendees who have RSVP'd, $10 at the door day of event. Contact Neil Stechschulte at (608) 825-0894 or by email to nstechschulte@cityofsunprairie.com if you have any questions, or to RSVP (May 19th deadline). 4 p.m.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen hosts Wisconsin’s Missing Children and Adults Awareness Ceremony
Rotunda, State Capitol. This ceremony honors the families of Wisconsin’s missing and pays tribute to the men and women of Wisconsin Law Enforcement dedicated to bringing them home. See more: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/2009WCMECAgenda.pdf Contact: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 12 p.m.
· Circus World Museum Foundation Board of Directors
Feld Building, Circus World Museum, 550 Water St., Baraboo. Agenda Call to Order 1. Approval of previous meeting minutes 2. Financial Update 3. Development Update 4. Library and Archives Report 5. CWM Inc. Report 6. Executive Director’s Report 7. Board Chair Report 8. Fundraising for Annual Fund and Other Activities. “Discussions of private fundraising by the CWMF board and its committees may be conducted in a non-public setting as a result of a review by the Attorney General’s Office and an amendment to the lease and management agreement between the CWMF and the Society’s Board of Curators.” 9. Closed Session: In accordance with section 19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., a portion of the meeting will be closed to consider the employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. 10. Adjournment Notes: 1) While this agenda reflects the expected proceedings, action may be taken by the Committee on any item listed on the agenda. 9 a.m.
· DCF public hearing
GEF 1, Room H203, 201 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Hearing on Wisconsin's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Community Service Block Grant Plan. 11 a.m.
· DHS Income Maintenance Advisory Committee
Fen Oak, 1 Fen Oak Court, Madison. 1 p.m.
· First Lady Jessica Doyle delivers Where In Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? prize in Wisconsin Rapids
West Junior High School 1921 27th Ave So., Wisconsin Rapids. First Lady Jessica Doyle will deliver a weekly winner prize to a student on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at West Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids. While there, Mrs. Doyle will encourage students to learn more about their home state by playing the online game, Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? This is the sixth year of Mrs. Doyle’s fun and educational geography game. Each week during the school year, students in fourth through eighth grade have the opportunity to visit http://whereisjessica.wi.gov and guess the mystery Wisconsin city based on three clues. Contact: Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 11 a.m.
· First Lady Jessica Doyle encourages eighth graders to sign Wisconsin Covenant
East Junior High School, 311 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. At 12:00 p.m., Mrs. Doyle will encourage eighth graders to sign the Wisconsin Covenant at East Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids. The Wisconsin Covenant is a promise to all eighth graders that if they work hard and make the grade, they will earn a place in a Wisconsin institution of higher education, and a financial aid package for those who need it. For more information, please visit http://wisconsincovenant.wi.gov/. Contact: Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 12 p.m.
· Juvenile Justice DMC presents report on disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system in Dane County
Neighborhood Intervention Program, 1227 N. Sherman Ave. Room 101, Madison. A report by the Juvenile Justice Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Solutions Workgroup will be presented at an oversight committee meeting on May 21 at 4:30 at the Neighborhood Intervention Program, 1227 N. Sherman Ave. in room 101. The workgroup was formed under the guidance of Chief Juvenile Judge John Albert and Human Services CYF Administrator Robert Lee with the purpose of bringing together key stakeholders and community leaders to examine the Disproportionate Minority confinement and contact issue facing our community. Six workgroups met since last October and have recommended comprehensive and viable prevention and intervention strategies to reduce Juvenile Justice-DMC in our community. The efforts of these workgroups, recommendations and next steps will be presented and discussed at this meeting. Links to the report will be available on the County website at: http://www.countyofdane.com on the Human Services and Juvenile Court Program web pages. All interested media and community members are invited to attend. Contact John Bauman, Juvenile Court Administrator 283-2925 or bauman.john@co.dane.wi.us for additional information 4:30 p.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton keynotes annual Virginia Hart Award Ceremony
Senate Parlor, State Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will keynote the annual Virginia Hart Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Senate Parlor Room. The Virginia Hart Award, administered by the Office of State Employment Relations (OSER), recognizes women in state service whose contributions to clients, co-workers, or the public may not be highly visible but are exemplary. In her role as secretary of the Department of Regulation and Licensing, Virginia Hart served as the first female cabinet member in Wisconsin. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 1 p.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton keynotes green jobs roundtable
Western Technical College, Academic Resource Center, Rm. 200 , 400 Seventh St. N., La Crosse. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will keynote via teleconference four green jobs roundtables in Milwaukee, Appleton, Superior and La Crosse. These events, which are hosted by the UW-Extension School for Workers and will convene community and business leaders, labor union representatives, and members of environmental organizations, begin on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9 a.m. in the WRTP/BIG STEP Center of Excellent in Milwaukee. Information on roundtables in Appleton, Superior and La Crosse can be found below. Participants will consider strategies to create green jobs in their communities, identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors, and develop action plans to drive toward sustainable economic development. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 9 a.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton keynotes green jobs roundtable in La Crosse
Western Technical College, Academic Resource Center, Rm. 200, 400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will keynote via conference call a green jobs roundtable at the Western Technical College Academic Research Center in La Crosse on Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. This event marks the last of four roundtables hosted by the UW-Extension School for Workers and will convene community and business leaders, labor union representatives, and members of environmental organizations. Previous roundtables have occurred in Milwaukee, Appleton and Superior. Participants will consider strategies to create green jobs in their communities, identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors, and develop action plans to drive toward sustainable economic development. 9 a.m.
· Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors County Courthouse, Room 200, Milwaukee.
· PSC telephone hearing
City Council Chambers, 200 D Water St., Lake Mills. 610 N.Whitney Way, Amnicon Falls Room, Madison. (Docket 3000-ER-103) Application of the City of Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, as an Electric Public Utility, for Authority to Increase Electric Rates 9:30 a.m.
· Public Policy Forum panel discussion on regional water debate
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, in cooperation with the Waukesha County Action Network, will hold a panel discussion on the issues involving proposals to divert water from Lake Michigan. What are the arguments and is there potential for compromise? Could successful resolution lead to cooperation on other regional issues? With: City of Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy City of Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson Midwest Environmental Advocates Attorney Jodi Habush Sinykin Attorney Matt Moroney (former executive director of the Metropolitan Builders Association) CONTACT: Rob Henken, Forum president, 414-276-8240 Sponsored by: MLG Development, R.A. Smith National, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, S.C. 11:45 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 610 North Whitney Way, Madison.
· WCJC press conference on opposition to state budget provisions
Assembly Parlor State Capitol Opposition to Liability Changes Nearly Universal Diverse Leaders Speak Out Against Budget Provisions Organizations and businesses as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, transportation, construction, utilities, tourism and manufacturing will come together in opposition to the contributory negligence provisions in the budget that will increase risk and cost in every aspect of Wisconsin’s economy. The press conference will feature real world impacts of these three provisions (joint and several liability, jury instructions, and combined fault) from real world professionals. Only a few will speak at the press conference, others will be available to the media following the event. Preliminary list of organizations represented include: Agriculture Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc. Wisconsin Farmers Union Wisconsin Agribusiness Council Business and Manufacturing National Federation of Independent Business Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Tavern League of Wisconsin Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Wisconsin Grocers Association Wisconsin Cast Metals Association Wisconsin Economic Development Association Transportation Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Inc. BNSF Railway Soo Line Railroad Co. dba Canadian Pacific Railway Union Pacific Railroad Co. Wisconsin Pacific Railroad Co. Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. Insurance Wisconsin Insurance Alliance Health Care Wisconsin Medical Society Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association Marshfield Clinic Delta Dental Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. Energy Electric Cooperatives American Petroleum Institute Tourism Industry Wisconsin Restaurant Association Wisconsin Tourism Federation Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions Wisconsin Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau Wisconsin Innkeepers Association Construction and Housing Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Midwest Equipment Dealers Association Wisconsin Builders Association Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc. Aggregate Producers of Wisconsin Wisconsin Realtors Association Associated General Contractors-Greater Milwaukee Contact: Andy Cook – 608-258-9506 10 a.m.
· Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship Recognition Banquet

May 22
   State Government
· Joint Committee on Finance executive session
412 East, State Capitol.
· State Supreme Court Open Administrative Conference
Supreme Court Hearing Room, State Capitol. 1:30 p.m.
   Other
· Assembly S.T.O.P Home Foreclosures Task Force
225 Northwest, State Capitol. 11 a.m.
· Birthday -- Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink
· Racial Disparities Oversight Commission
1 S. Pinckney St., Suite 600, State Capitol. 9 a.m.

May 23
   State Government
· Joint Committee on Finance executive session
412 East, State Capitol.
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Dean Kaufert
· Birthday -- Rep. John Townsend

May 24
   Other
· Dept. of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony
Southern Wisconsin Center Campus, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove. (MADISON) – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announces that Memorial Day ceremonies will take place throughout the state with the theme this year of "Duty, Honor, Country – This They Believed." "Memorial Day is a day to honor and pay special tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our country," said WDVA Acting Secretary Ken Black. "They deserve our thanks and remembrance." Locally, there will be a ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SWVMC). The cemetery is located on the Southern Wisconsin Center Campus at 21731 Spring Street, Union Grove. Veterans and the public are invited to attend. The event is held outdoors and those attending are encouraged to dress accordingly for the weather. Seating is available; however, attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Parking is available on the cemetery grounds. The guest military speaker will be Command Master Chief Aloysius Nelson from Naval Station Great Lakes, IL. He served as Command Master Chief for the transient personnel unit, Great Lakes. Also speaking will be Seth Perelman, Administrator of the Division of Veterans Benefits, who will represent the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Perelman oversees delivery of benefits to veteran including a wide array of loan and grant programs as well as funeral honors, cemetery services and assistance to homeless veterans. Master of Ceremonies will be Marian Lewandowski, Director of the SWVMC. The Korean War Veterans Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter 227 will post the colors. Ethan Mianecki, Eagle Scout, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem and other musical selections will be sung by Ms. Sandra Greil from Burlington, WI. Musical selections will be provided by the Milwaukee American Legion Band and the Celtic Nations Pipes and Drums. Father Dominic Roscioli, will offer the invocation and benediction. Taps will be sounded by Mike Langendorf of Langendorf Funeral Home from Racine, and a rifle salute will be presented by American Legion Post 171 from Union Grove. The Commemorative Air Force will conduct a flyover during the ceremony, weather permitting. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Wisconsin Chapter 767, will present a Remembrance Table ceremony, with living static displays of the “Last Patrol.” For further information about the Memorial Day Ceremony at Union Grove contact the SWVMC office at (262) 878-5660. In addition to the ceremony at Union Grove, WDVA will also host Memorial Day ceremonies at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SWVMC) in Union Grove, at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 24th, and on Monday, May 25th at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, at 9:30 a.m. lakeside and then at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (CWVMC) at King. For more information on Wisconsin 2009 Memorial Day programs and ceremonies, as well as resources about Memorial Day and WDVA benefits and services, visit the department website at www.WisVets.com or call 1-800-WIS-VETS (1-800-947-8387). Contact: Andrew Schuster 608-267-1797 or Kathleen Scholl 608-267-3582 11 a.m.
· Dept. of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony
Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, N4063 Veterans Way, Spooner. (MADISON) – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announces that Memorial Day ceremonies will take place throughout the state with the theme this year of "Duty, Honor, Country – This They Believed." "Memorial Day is a day to honor and pay special tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our country," said WDVA Acting Secretary Ken Black. "They deserve our thanks and remembrance." Locally, there will be a ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NWVMC). The cemetery is located on Veterans Way just off Highway 53, three miles south of Spooner, at N4063 Veterans Way. Veterans, their families and the public are invited to attend. COL James Lewis from Jim Falls, WI is scheduled to speak. He was drafted in 1972, attended Officer Candidate School and served continuously until his recent retirement. He commanded the 724th Engineer Battalion and the 264th Engineer Group and recently served in Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Also speaking will be William Kloster, representing the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and Chippewa County Veterans Service Officer Mike Haley. Master of Ceremonies will be Matt Bergs, Director of the NWVMC. The WDVA Military Funeral Honors Team will post the colors, and Taps will be sounded by Dick Hazelton. Ron Moser, Rusk County Veterans Service Officer, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Steve Ward of Webster, WI will offer the Invocation and Benediction. The National Anthem will be sung by Kurt Kunkel, and other musical selections will be performed by The Northwinds Brass Band. 1SG Chris Sower, Retired, will read the “Missing Man Remembrance.” MAJ James Sawyer, Retired will place the Wreath of Remembrance. The ceremonial honor guard salute will be presented by the Lockman/Jensen American Legion 499 of Gordon, WI. In addition to the ceremony at Spooner, WDVA will also host Memorial Day ceremonies at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SWVMC) in Union Grove, at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 24th, and on Monday, May 25th at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, at 9:30 a.m. lakeside and then at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (CWVMC) at King. For more information on Wisconsin 2009 Memorial Day programs and ceremonies, as well as resources about Memorial Day and WDVA benefits and services, visit the department website at www.WisVets.com or call 1-800-WIS-VETS (1-800-947-8387). Contact: Andrew Schuster 608-267-1797 or Kathleen Scholl 608-267-3582 1 p.m.

May 25
   Other
· Birthday -- Rep. Spencer Black
· Birthday -- Sen. Russ Decker
· Dept. of Veterans Affairs to host Memorial Day Ceremony
Marden Memorial Center, Rainbow Lake, King. (King, WI) - The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announces that Memorial Day ceremonies will take place throughout the state with the theme this year of "Duty, Honor, Country – This They Believed." "Memorial Day is a day to honor and pay special tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our country," said WDVA Acting Secretary Ken Black. "They deserve our thanks and remembrance." Locally, on Monday, May 25th a Memorial Day observance will be held on the grounds of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. The program will begin with a waterside memorial service at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Marden Memorial Center on Rainbow Lake. The Women’s Relief Corp, Waupaca Middle School 8th Grade Band, and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Honor Guards will take part in this special waterside tribute. Following the waterside service, an assembly will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (CWVMC). Master of Ceremonies will be King Home Commandant Bill Crowley. In attendance will be Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs member Dan Naylor of Waupaca. Veteran Service Organizations and Auxiliaries, Waupaca High School Badger State Representatives, Waupaca Middle School 8th Grade Band, and keynote speaker, Nicholas Chiarkas will highlight the Memorial Day service. Nicholas L. Chiarkas is the Director of Wisconsin’s State Public Defender Agency. Under his leadership, the agency received three consecutive awards for excellence. In addition, he is the founder of Justice Without Borders, is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and was a visiting lecturer in law at Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Germany. Previously Chiarkas served as: the Deputy Chief Counsel and Research Director to the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; Deputy Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; Professor of Law; Professor of Criminology; and, as a New York City Police Officer. In 1996, Chiarkas became the nation’s first public defender to receive the “Law Enforcement Commendation Medal” awarded by The Sons of the American Revolution. In 2000, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration named Chiarkas Administrator of the year. In 2001 he was elected to the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and to the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Forward Award, Inc. In 2002, Chiarkas received the Outstanding Professional Award by the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and was named Vietnam Veteran of the Year by Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans of America. Wisconsin Veterans Home Commandant Bill Crowley stated, “The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King invites you to join us on this special day -- one day to honor and remember military personnel that are no longer with us, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.” Since World War I, over 15,000 Wisconsin men and women have lost their lives while serving in the United States Military. “It’s important to know that the men and women we’ve lost will be remembered today by a grateful nation,” added Crowley. The public is reminded the services will be held outdoors and to please dress appropriately. In case of severe inclement weather, the program will be held inside the Marden Memorial Center. The Veterans Home is located at N2665 County Road QQ, just two miles south of Waupaca. Volunteers are needed to help place over 5,000 flags on gravesites at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Home Cemetery. Interested parties may report to the cemetery at 6:00 a.m., Monday, May 25th. Staff will be present to distribute flags and provide guidance for new volunteers. In addition to the ceremony at King, WDVA will also host Memorial Day ceremonies on Sunday, May 24, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SWVMC) in Union Grove, at 11:00 a.m. and at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NWVMC) in Spooner at 1:00 p.m. For more information regarding the Memorial Day ceremony or the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, please contact Laura Mays, Agency Liaison at (715) 258-4247 or go to www.WVHKing.com. Contact: Laura Mays, Agency Liaison (715) 258-4247 9:30 a.m.
· Gov. Doyle honors Wisconsin veterans
State Street entrance, State Capitol. Governor Doyle will pay tribute to Wisconsin’s soldiers on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol Memorial Day ceremony in Madison. Governor Doyle will honor Wisconsin’s fallen veterans and their families, and thank all the state’s men and women in uniform for their sacrifice. The Governor and First Lady Jessica Doyle will also lay a rose on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. Rain Location: First floor of the Capitol rotunda. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 10 a.m.
· Memorial Day

May 26
   Fundraisers
· Cocktail reception in support of AG J.B. Van Hollen
The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 E. Wilson St., Madison. Hosts: Platinum: ($1000 Per Couple) Gold: ($500 Per Couple) Silver: ($250 Per Couple) Guests: ( $100 Per Couple) PAC Contributions welcome Host names due by Friday, May 1, 2009 Contact: Mary Stitt at 262-268-6859 or marystitt@wi.rr.com 5 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Jobs, the Economy and Small Business executive session
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs public hearing
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Natural Resources Board
Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel & Convention Center, S3214 Highway 12, Baraboo.
   Other
· AG Van Hollen holds law enforcement roundtable
Kenosha County Center Building, Hearing Room, 19600 75th St., Bristol. ATTORNEY GENERAL J.B. VAN HOLLEN, State Senator Robert Wirch, and State Representatives Peter Barca, Samantha Kerkman, Thomas Lothian and John Steinbrink TO HOLD LAW ENFORCEMENT ROUNDTABLE IN KENOSHA COUNTY ON MAY 26, 2009 Kenosha — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, State Senator Robert Wirch, and State Representatives Peter Barca, Samantha Kerkman, Thomas Lothian and John Steinbrink will be hosting a Law Enforcement and Judicial Roundtable on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. The roundtable will provide law enforcement officials from Kenosha County opportunities to discuss public safety concerns and other issues of importance to the county with the Attorney General. The roundtable will be held at the Kenosha County Center Building in the Hearing Room, 19600 75th Street in Bristol. With: Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, State Senator Robert Wirch, State Representatives Peter Barca, Samantha Kerkman, Thomas Lothian and John Steinbrink, community leaders, judges, public safety officials, and local law enforcement. For more information: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 Cindy Polzin 608/266-1221 9:30 a.m.
· AG Van Hollen holds law enforcement roundtable
Racine County Public Works Building Auditorium, 14200 Washington Ave., Sturtevant. ATTORNEY GENERAL J.B. VAN HOLLEN, Senator Mary Lazich, And Representatives Scott Gunderson, Samantha Kerkman and Robin Vos TO HOLD LAW ENFORCEMENT ROUNDTABLE IN RACINE COUNTY ON MAY 26, 2009 STURTEVANT — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Senator Mary Lazich and Representatives Scott Gunderson, Samantha Kerkman and Robin Vos will be hosting a Law Enforcement and Judicial Roundtable on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. The roundtable will provide law enforcement officials from Racine County opportunities to discuss public safety concerns and other issues of importance to the county with the Attorney General. The roundtable will be held at the Racine County Public Works Building Auditorium, 14200 Washington Avenue in Sturtevant. For more information: Bill Cosh 608/266-1221 Cindy Polzin 608/266-1221 1 p.m.
· OCI Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund
Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund, 2820 Walton Commons West, Suite 135, Walter Commons Meeting Room, Madison. Wisconsin Health Care Finance/Investment/Audit Committee and Life Settlement Subgroup. Contact: Tom Raymakers (608) 267-7140 11 a.m.
· U.S. Rep. Baldwin listening session in Waterloo
· U.S. Rep. Baldwin listening session in Whitewater

May 27
   Fundraisers
· Barrett Campaign presents 'Mayor's Restaurant Roundtable'
Please join Mayor Tom Barrett at a gathering of Milwaukee's finest restaurants and chefs, and some of the city's most interesting people - including you! Click here to come to the event of the year. If you haven't already joined or renewed your membership to the Mayor's Roundtable for $400, do so now and receive four complimentary tickets to the Restaurant Roundtable. -- Click HereJoin us for the Milwaukee's Dinning Event of the Year Click here to RSVPThe Mayor's Restaurant RoundtableWednesday, May 27, 20095:30 to 7:30Milwaukee Youh Arts Center325 West Walnut St(corner of 3rd and Walnut across from Schlitz Park)Click Here to enjoy some ofMilwaukee's finest food! Authorized and paid for by Friends of Tom Barrett. Catherine Shaw, Treasurer. 5:30 p.m.
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform and Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing joint public hearing
Old Library, Room 1132, UW-Eau Claire. 411 South, State Capitol.
· Assembly Subcommittee on AB 29 RFID Sale of Consumer Goods public hearing
225 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules executive session
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules public hearing
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee on Employment Relations public hearing
413 North, State Capitol. 3 p.m.
· Joint Committee on Finance executive session
412 East, State Capitol.
· Natural Resources Board
Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel & Convention Center, S3214 Highway 12, Baraboo.
· Senate Committee on Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges, and Consumer Protection public hearing
400 Southeast, State Capitol.
   Other
· Assembly S.T.O.P Home Foreclosures Task Force
Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Room MAC 137, UW-Green Bay. 11 a.m.
· CRG Network informational and organizing meeting on Doyle recall
CRG Network: Doyle Recall Continues Statewide Expansion with Informational and Organizing Meeting in Richfield Following successful meetings in Fond du Lac, Chilton, and Plymouth, Wisconsinites Interests Now (WIN) announces a fourth organizing and information meeting in Richfield (Washington County), Wisconsin. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th, 7PM at the Hairy Lemon Pub (formerly known as the Pleasant Hill Inn), 2102 South Hwy 164, Richfield, WI 53076 (262-628-4645). The sessions are designed to inform citizens about their recall rights and statutory obligations as well as provide information about the progress of the Doyle recall effort and recruit volunteer circulators and local organizers. For more information call local organizer Jeff Gonyo at 262-644-8334 or WIN spokesperson Vince Schmuki at 414-906-1126 or consult the www.RecallDoyle.com website. 7 p.m.
· Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
Warner Park Community Center, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison. Dane County Task Force Adds Allied Drive Public Hearing Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System Moves Forward The Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System added an additional public hearing--designed as a listening session—at the Dane County Parent Council Building, 2096 Red Arrow Trail from 5-7 pm on May 6, 2009. The Task Force is made up of Dane County citizens working to identify strategies to reduce the racial disparities in Dane County’s criminal justice system, and is staffed by the Dane County Office of Equal Opportunity. Upon hearing from many residents in the first two hearings, the Task Force hopes to continue to hear from a large, diverse group in the future. Wisconsin has consistently ranked near the top in the nation in its rate in its disproportionate representation of people of color in the criminal justice system. Dane County’s disparities are among the highest in Wisconsin. Racial disparities occur in the number of arrests, cases charged, sentences and probation and parole revocations. The task force is made up of individuals from law enforcement, community-based organizations, corrections, and the courts. The Task Force has heard many of Dane County residents speak about their personal, and occasionally organizational, account of racial disparity. Each public hearing was highlighted by a high level public interest, comments and involvement. The Public Hearings will be a part of the data gathering process the Task Force is currently achieving. The Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System’s vision is to “recommend evidence-based best practices to eliminate racial disparities in the adult criminal justice system of Dane County”. Public involvement is critical to this vision. Contacts: Celia Jackson (608) 266-1623 Laurie Mlatawou (608) 345-5710 or (608) 255-9455 Colleen Clark Bernhardt, Office of Equal Opportunity (608) 266-3022 5 p.m.
· DOA Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Dept. of Administration , Conference Room 4B, 101 E. Wilson St., Madison. 10 a.m.
· E-Mail Retention Team
DOA, Conference Room 4B, 101 E. Wilson St., Madison. Agenda 1. E-Mail Activity Updates Since last meeting 20 minutes April 2009 Presentation to WAAL (Amy) UW Business Communication Webcast (Laura demo to ROC) DHS Quest deployment (Steve) Other 2. Training Workgroup Updates (Ana, Abbie) 25 minutes 3. New Issues (All) 30 minutes 4. Next Steps (All) 15 minutes 2 p.m.
· First Lady Jessica Doyle delivers 'Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle?' prize
Brooklyn Elementary School, 204 Division Street, Brooklyn. First Lady Jessica Doyle will deliver a weekly winner prize to an elementary school student tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at Brooklyn Elementary School in Brooklyn. Mrs. Doyle will discuss Wisconsin geography with the students and explain her online game Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? During the school year students in fourth through eighth grade have the opportunity to learn more about their home state and win weekly prizes by guessing the mystery city based on three clues. For more information please visit http://whereisjessica.wi.gov. Contact: Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 9 a.m.
· Progressive Dane General Membership Meeting
Downtown Public Library, 2nd floor, Madison. Marsha Rummel, Chairing Guest Speaker - Brenda Konkel, Prioritizing our Priorities And as always staff, alders, supervisors, and/or school board members will brief us on activities and other important issues needing support and action. Individuals who are not members of Progressive Dane are encouraged to attend. Anyone with questions or special needs should contact the Progressive Dane office at 358-2940 or office@prodane.org. 6:30 p.m.
· U.S. Rep. Baldwin listening session in Baraboo
· U.S. Rep. Baldwin listening session in Poynette
· U.S. Rep. Kind discusses education funding
South Middle School, 2115 Mitscher Ave., Eau Claire. Rep. Kind to Commend Teachers and Discuss Funding for Education at Press Conference Rep. Kind Thanks Teachers and Highlights Stimulus Impact on Education WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will thank local teachers and administrators and discuss funding for education, specifically through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, at a press conference in Eau Claire Wednesday, May 27. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made key investments in education, allocating $100 billion for education programs over the next two years. These investments are designed to help schools succeed despite tough economic conditions. Specifically, funds are meant to help prevent teacher layoffs and other cuts in hard-hit districts, expand the Title I and IDEA programs, invest in education technology, make college more affordable, and help develop a better-educated workforce in order to jumpstart the economy. Contact: Leah Hunter Phone: 202-225-5506 Leah.hunter@mail.house.gov 11 a.m.
· U.S. Sen. Kohl attends DEA building dedication
DEA building, 4725 W. Electric Ave., West Milwaukee. Will also visit Industries for the Blind in West Allis U.S. Senator Herb Kohl will be in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 27th, to attend the dedication of the new federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) building. Kohl is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight responsibilities for the DEA. Kohl succeeded in convincing the DEA to increase the total number of Special Agents in Wisconsin in order to meet the law enforcement demands created by increased methamphetamine traffic. Following the DEA building dedication, Kohl will visit Industries for the Blind to receive the 2009 AbilityOne Champion Award. Congress designed the AbilityOne program to provide employment opportunities for blind and severely disabled individuals to produce goods and perform services for the federal government. Industries for the Blind employs over 100 people. Kohl is receiving the award because he has “demonstrated significant support for the AbilityOne Program and participating community-based not-for-profit agencies.” Followed by Senator Kohl's visit to Industries for the Blind, 455 S. Curtis Road in West Allis -- 10:45 a.m. Contact: Lynn Becker (202) 224-5653 9:30 a.m.
· WHEDA Housing Grant Review Committees
201 W. Washington Ave., Suite 700, Madison. 10 a.m.
· WISPIRG press conference on high-speed rail
Capitol Steps, State Capitol. Statewide Student Tour Stops in Madison to Build Support For High-Speed Rail Forty College Students Will Be Joined by State and Local Leaders at Stop on Proposed Route Forty WISPIRG students will be joined by state and local leaders and community members as they stop in Madison to build support for the proposed high speed rail route in Wisconsin. Students are spending the week of May 25 though May 28 to travel the proposed route of the high speed rail line in Wisconsin, stopping in 10 cities from Green Bay to Milwaukee to Madison to La Crosse. Students will meet with public officials and highlight the benefits of high speed rail and why they believe high-speed rail is essential for Wisconsin’s future transportation needs. With: Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Madison Alderwoman Satya Rhodes-Conway Various State Legislators 40 WISPIRG Students Various community members and organizations For More Information: Bruce Speight, (608) 658-3517 (cell) Cady Gifford, (262) 497-9630 12 p.m.

May 28
   State Government
· Assembly Committee on Agriculture executive session
417 North (GAR Hall), State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice executive session
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice public hearing
328 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Committee on Personal Privacy public hearing
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Assembly Subcommittee on AB 137 Real ID public hearing
415 Northwest, State Capitol.
· Joint Committee on Finance
412 East, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources executive session
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
· Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources public hearing
330 Southwest, State Capitol.
   Other
· Birthday -- U.S. Rep. Tom Petri
· DWD Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council
Dane County Job Center, Ballroom, 1819 Aberg Ave., Madison. 9:30 a.m.
· Gov. Doyle discusses clean water, environmental investments
10:45 a.m. Wausau Water Treatment Plant, 1801 N. River Drive, Wausau. 12:30 p.m. Wastewater Treatment Facility, 1000 Ferry St., Eau Claire. 2:15 p.m. Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, 2630 Fanta Reed Road, La Crosse. Governor Jim Doyle will discuss major efforts to clean the state’s water tomorrow at the Wausau water treatment plant and Eau Claire wastewater treatment facility. The governor will also announce major investments to protect the state’s critical environmental resources and create jobs for hardworking Wisconsin families at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Wisconsin will be able to make strategic improvements to our infrastructure that will add long-term value to the state. Governor Doyle is committed to making improvements that not only improve the quality of life, but help put the economy back on track. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 10:45 a.m.
· Lt. Gov. Lawton announcement on green economy agenda
Ashwaubenon High School, 2391 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will visit Ashwaubenon High School to make a major announcement about her Energy Star School Challenge, a component of her Green Economy Agenda, on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. After the press conference, Lt. Governor Lawton will tour energy efficiency projects and view a demonstration of the school’s computerized energy management program. Contact: Matt Dulak, Office of the Lt. Governor, 608-266-3516 2 p.m.
· OCI Life Settlement Subgroup
GEF 3, Room 227, 125 S. Webster St., Madison. Contact: Jennifer Stegall 608-267-7911 10 a.m.
· Press conference to introduce Payday Lending Consumer Protection Act
10 a.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. entrance, State Capitol. (Assembly Parlor in case of inclement weather) 1:15 p.m. United Community Center, Conference Room 1 in Café del Sol, 1028 S. 9th St., Milwaukee. 3:30 p.m. Brown County Courthouse rotunda, 100 S. Jefferson St., Green Bay. Madison -- Wisconsin legislators will announce the introduction of the Payday Lending Consumer Protection Act tomorrow, May 28th, in three different events around the state. They will be joined by a diverse group of supporters including members of AARP Wisconsin, Wisconsin Credit Union League, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation, Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Madison-Area Urban Ministry, Wisconsin SAVE$, Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc., La Casa de Esperanza, Inc., and local elected officials. In Wisconsin, average rates on a two-week payday loan are roughly $20 per $100 loan which amounts to an annual percentage rate (APR) of 525%. The Payday Lending Consumer Protection Act will provide protections against predatory lending by limiting interest rates for consumer loans to 36% annually. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia either prohibit payday lending completely or have established two-digit limits on interest rates. Wisconsin is currently the only state in the country where there is no rate cap for licensed lenders. At this early stage in the process, the Payday Lending Consumer Protection Act has an impressive amount of support. Even prior to co-sponsorship circulation, the bill has nearly 40 Assembly sponsors and 8 Senate sponsors from both parties. Additionally, there is Strong Grassroots Support for the Payday Lending Consumer Protection Act. Wisconsinites for Responsible Lending is a new statewide coalition of groups and individuals working to promote responsible lending practices and products in Wisconsin. (http://www.consumer-action.org/coalition/articles/wrl/). For more information, please contact Representative Gordon Hintz at 608/266/2254. 10 a.m.
· Public Service Commission Flambeau River Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 610 North Whitney Way, Madison.
· Reclaiming Our Heritage Veterans' Event
Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave, Milwaukee. Overview: Military medical personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan will be honored Saturday, May 30 and Sunday May 31 as part of the eighth annual Reclaiming Our Heritage weekend. The event will held on the grounds of the Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave, Milwaukee, Wis. beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The event will honor medical personnel from all wars. A number of those men and women who served in Vietnam, Korea and World War II are expected to be at the event. Several medical team members who have recently been in Iraq and Afghanistan will be at the celebration and available for interviews. Please see the attached list for more information on those personnel available for interviews. Details: The theme for the Eighth Annual Reclaiming Our Heritage Celebration is “Care For Him Who Shall Have Borne The Battle.” The theme comes from President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It was that theme that guided the construction of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in May 1867. This year's event will celebrate military medical personnel of all eras of U.S. History. It will also recall the life of our 16th President during the 200th anniversary of his birth. This free-admission, family-friendly event is held annually the weekend after Memorial Day. Reclaiming Our Heritage honors veterans and educates the public about veterans' contributions to, and sacrifices for, American society. Opening activities will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday. The ceremony will include the delivery of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Medical Units, including the VA’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit staff will march in the 10 a.m. Positively Patriotic Parade. Among the other events being held during the weekend are: · Medical presentations, including one by Dr. Michael McBride, who served in Iraq and is a member of the VA’s Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom patient care team; Rebecca Anderson, nurse practitioner, on Herbal Medicine; Mary Kababik appearing as Cordelia Harvey, the “Wisconsin Angel” who petitioned President Lincoln to establish hospitals in Wisconsin during the Civil War; and Meet the Nurses: Past and Present” in the Children’s Activity Tent. · Displays highlighting military medical treatment from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. The displays will include a field hospital. In addition, there will be displays of the center’s include VA’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit will in the Old Main building, the original Soldiers’ Home. It is the 40th anniversary of the unit’s opening. · Cemetery-by-Lantern Tours of Wood National Cemetery. The tram tour allows visitors to hear the stories of the men and women buried in Wood National Cemetery, beginning with a veteran of the War of 1812 through those of recent conflicts. Re-enactors portray some of the men and women buried in the cemetery. Together with volunteer guides, the re-enactors tell visitors those veteran’s stories. · The Fifth Annual Reclaiming Our Heritage Civil War School Day on Friday, May 29, in the Civil War Camps and Lake Wheeler Pavilion. Re-enactors show school children what military and civilian life was like in the Civil War. The event is open only to schoolchildren from registered schools. · A re-enactment of a skirmish from the Civil War battle of Vicksburg will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30. For information on other things taking place during the weekend, please go to: http://www.rohmilwaukee.org/index.html Reclaiming Our Heritage is hosted by the staff of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and sponsored by Friends of Reclaiming Our Heritage, Inc., and community partners. 414-427-3776 414-254-8810 - Cell PPLynch@starmax.com
· U.S. Rep. Baldwin press conference on health care
Senate Parlor, State Capitol. 11 a.m.

May 29
   Fundraisers
· Lunch reception honoring U.S. Rep. Ron Kind
Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, Milwaukee. Special guest: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. PAC Host - $1500. Host - $500. Sponsor - $250. Suggested contribution: $100. To RSVP please call Dave Groshek at (608) 782-3444 or e-mail davegroshek@ronkind.org. 12 p.m.
· Old Fashioned Tailgate & Baseball Game to celebrate Sen. Ted Kanavas' birthday
Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee. 5:30 pm: Tailgate: Pavilion Two. 7:05 pm: Brewers vs. Reds. $50 per person (includes tailgate and game ticket). Contact Laura Gralton at (414) 881-1005 or e-mail at laura@graltonconsulting.com 5:30 p.m.
· Reception honoring Milwaukee Co. Exec. Scott Walker
Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Roessel Aviation Hangar, 1703 W. Airport Road, Janesville. $100 per person/PAC welcome. Contact Mary Stitt at (262) 268-6859 or marystitt@wi.rr.com. 5 p.m.
· SSDC Golf Outing
Brute Course, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva. Join Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, other Senators, and special guests for: The (Almost) World Famous 2009 SSDC Golf Outing Gathering 9:30 a.m. Shotgun Start 10:00 a.m. Costs: $900 per golfer $3200 per foursome $3700 foursome + hole sponsorship $700 hole sponsorship Breakfast: Add $350 per person. Limited to first ten Sorry no PAC New this Year - 2 Hole in One Contests! Grand Prizes:$50,000 and a New Car Other prizes: Lowest score team: $500 stay and play package at Grand Geneva for each player! Longest drive male: $100 golf shop gift card Longest drive female: $100 golf shop gift card Longest putt: $100 golf shop gift card Random prize: Spa basket Call 608-260-2403 to RSVP, or email Koryk@wisdems.org Looking for fun the night before? Reserve a room for May 28th at Timber Ridge at Grand Geneva (www.timberridgeresort.com) - There will be a variety of informal social activities. For a special rate tell them you are with the State Senate Democratic Committee Golf Outing. 9:30 a.m.
   State Government
· Gov. Doyle signs “Jalen Knox-Perkins” Day Care Van Alarm Bill
Penfield Children’s Center, 833 N. 26 St., Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE – Gov. Doyle on Friday morning in Milwaukee will sign into law the Day Care Van Alarm Bill authored by Sen. Spencer Coggs and co-sponsored by Rep. Tamara Grigsby. The signing will take place Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. at Penfield Children’s Center, 833 N. 26th St. (26th and Wells St.), a leading day care center in Milwaukee that installed occupant alarms in its vehicles several years ago. The Day Care Van Alarm Bill is named after Jalen Knox-Perkins, a four-month old infant, who died in early April in Milwaukee after he was forgotten in a day care vehicle. The Legislature quickly passed the bill, which will require day care centers statewide to install occupant alarms in their vehicles. Family members of Jalen Knox-Perkins are expected to attend. Contacts: Sen. Coggs’ Office: 608-266-2500 Rep. Grigsby’s Office: 608-266-0645 9:45 a.m.
   Business Events
· Stoughton town meeting for unemployed
Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton. “Fighting to Stay in Your Home or Apartment During Hard Times” Who Is Invited? Unemployed workers in Madison, southern Dane, northern Rock, eastern Green and western Jefferson counties are to encouraged to attend. This school is on the northwest side of Stoughton. Entering Stoughton from the north on Hwy 51 turn at Roby Rd. (PDQ and Culvers on corner), drive east to second stop sign, turn right (south) onto Lincoln. At the next stop sign the high school is on the right. Follow the signs in the building to get to the cafetorium. Contact: Buzz Davis, member WI Alliance for Retired Americans, 608-873-4886 (H) or 608-239-5354 (cell) for information on the event. “America is now in the third wave of financial crisis. This is when families who have owned their homes for years, made mortgage and tax payments on time now find themselves unable to meet these payments due to the loss of one or more jobs in their family. These are the most credit worthy families in America. They’ve worked hard, played by the rules but yet they are now facing default, foreclosure or eviction, said Buzz Davis of the Stoughton Chapter of the WI Alliance for Retired Americans. He said experts believe that in 2009 60% of mortgage defaults will be families like these -- not families with sub-prime mortgages or bad credit histories. Friday, May 29th, starting at 4:50 PM in the Stoughton High School, 600 Lincoln Ave., the third town meeting for unemployed workers will take place. The event is free and includes supper. Call 608-873-2612 to register 24 hours a day. Workers and their partners living in Stoughton, southern Dane, northern Rock counties or other communities are invited to attend. The meeting will last until 9:15 or 9:30 PM. Walk-ins are welcomed. Davis said the workshop topic is “Fighting to Stay in Your Home or Apartment During Hard Times.” “We intend to help families build a game plan if it ends up the laid off worker does not find a new job in 6 months or a year. With nearly 9% unemployment in the state, over 270,000 workers unemployed and hundreds of thousands of part time workers also looking for full time jobs, we have too many workers chasing too few jobs. On top of this we have the governor talking about laying off 1,000 state workers – many of whom live in Dane county. So people need to prepare for the worst case scenario -- long time unemployment and that means facing a financial crisis of how to pay rent or mortgage,” he said. Experts from Financial Education Center and Tenant Resource Center will discuss developing a family budget, foreclosure and eviction law, when and where to seek legal advice and how to re-negotiate rent. Federal mortgage adjustment programs and how to re-negotiate mortgage payments will also be discussed. The event is organized by the Stoughton Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) and the Stoughton Job Networking and Family Support Group and co-sponsored by the Stoughton Area Resource Team (START), the American Federation of Teachers WI (AFT-WI), Unity Church of Madison and other groups. Davis said unemployment immediately places families into crisis. “Our objectives are to help prevent foreclosures, evictions, divorces, alcohol and drug abuse, mental depression, suicide, bankruptcies, kids having problems in school, delinquency, etc. The most important thing we can do is to gather people together, have them see that they are not alone and encourage them to take action to help themselves and their families in a most difficult time in their lives.” He said the meeting organizers hope that workers will walk out of the meeting with an action plan they will implement to help them renegotiate their mortgage or rent down to a level they can afford with their drastically reduced family income. 4:50 p.m.
   Other
· First Lady Doyle hosts Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? “Tournament of Champions”
Executive Residence 99 Cambridge Road Madison. NBC-15 Anchor Christine Bellport to Serve as Celebrity Emcee First Lady Jessica Doyle will host past winners of the Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle? game at the Executive Residence for this year’s “Tournament of Champions” tomorrow, Friday, May 29, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Students from Superior to Sun Prairie will participate in teams to review the Wisconsin cities and towns that the First Lady has highlighted throughout the past year. These students were chosen as weekly winners from a pool of over 30,000 correct entries during the school year. Christine Bellport, NBC-15 Morning Show Anchor, will serve as the celebrity emcee. This is the conclusion of the sixth year of the Mrs. Doyle’s game, Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle?, which is a cooperative effort with the Department of Tourism to promote Wisconsin tourism destinations that are educational and fun. WHERE: Executive Residence 99 Cambridge Road Madison WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2009 1:00 p.m. Contact: Carina Marquez-Barrientos, Office of the First Lady, 608-575-5608 1 p.m.
· Gov. Doyle attends Snap-On Tools grand opening ceremony
Snap-on Innovation Works, 2801-80th Street, Kenosha. Governor Jim Doyle will give remarks and attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Snap-on Innovation Works in Kenosha. Snap-on is a world-leading manufacturer of specialized tools, and since 1920 it has been headquartered in Kenosha. Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162 11:30 a.m.
· Milwaukee Cty. Exec. Walker approves summer youth employment program
Urban Ecology Center, 1859 N. 40th Street, Washingto Park. MILWAUKEE – County Executive Scott Walker will sign a resolution approving $465,000 in funds from the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) and $150,000 from Milwaukee County to allow for 350 summer jobs. Joining Walker at the event will be Don Sykes – President and CEO of MAWIB, Program Director of the Urban Ecology Center - Joey Zocker, County Board Chairman Lee Holloway, and Parks Director Sue Black. Contact: Fran McLaughlin (414) 278-4244, (414) 235-6592 12 p.m.
· Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association annual meeting
Concourse Hotel, Madison. PRESENTATION OF DISTINQUISHED SERVICE AWARD TO JUDGE SHABAZ AND KEYNOTE SPEECH BY FORMER SOLICTOR GENERAL TO HIGHLIGHT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN BAR ASSOCATION ANNUAL MEETING Former United States Solicitor General Paul D. Clement will be the keynote speaker at the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s annual luncheon to be held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison at noon on Friday, May 29, 2009. The luncheon will also include a presentation of the Association’s Distinguished Service Award to District Court Judge John C. Shabaz. Mr. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. Prior to his confirmation as Solicitor General, Mr. Clement served as the Acting Solicitor General and as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General. His service in the Office of Solicitor General is the longest period of continuous service in the office by a Solicitor General since the Nineteenth Century. He has argued more than 49 cases in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Clement is a native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and graduated from the Cedarburg public schools. He received his bachelors degree summa cum laude from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a masters degree in economics from Cambridge University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, Mr. Clement clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Mr. Clement served as the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights. Mr. Clement has also served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and as a Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute. In November of 2008, he rejoined the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding, where he heads up the firm’s appellate practice. Robert E. Shumaker, President of the Association, said that the Association’s Distinguished Service Award is being presented to Judge Shabaz “in grateful appreciation of his outstanding contributions and distinguished service to the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and for his commitment to ‘the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.’" Shumaker added, “Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that the rules be ‘administered to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive administration of every action and proceeding.’ There is no doubt that Judge Shabaz’s commitment to Rule 1 has made the prompt resolution of federal court cases the standard in the Western District of Wisconsin.” Judge Shabaz was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on November 4, 1981, to a seat vacated by Judge James E. Doyle, Sr. Judge Shabaz has served on the court for 28 years and has announced the he will take senior status upon the confirmation of his successor. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Shabaz served in the legislature representing the Waukesha and New Berlin areas as the representative for Assembly District 83, and was the minority leader from 1973 to 1979. The Association’s presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Judge Shabaz will include remarks by retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jon Wilcox, who served in the legislature with Shabaz, Attorney John Skilton, and Chief Judge Barbara Crabb. Contact: Robert E. Shumaker President Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association c/o DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. 2 E. Mifflin Street, Suite 600 Madison, WI 53703-2865 608-283-5602 res@dewittross.com 12 p.m.

May 30
   Other
· Basura Bash 2009: Building collaborations remove the signs of crime and grime on Milwaukee's southside
Walker Square, 1031 S. 9th Street, Milwaukee. Together with community stakeholders, we are holding the second annual 'Basura Bash' on May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Basura (trash) Bash is an effort to build upon our diversity and community pride, while removing the signs of crime and grime from the Southside of Milwaukee. Organized by Safe & Sound and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the Basura Bash will bring together Southside block clubs, law enforcement, Safe & Sound's Safe Places, businesses, as well as community- and faith-based organizations for neighborhood improvement activities. These activities will take place across the Southside and include: tire and graffiti removal; alley building identification numbering; vacant lot clean ups; recycling information; and a major "basura bash" in our streets and alleys. The event culminates in a fiesta at Walker Square Park, located at 1031 South 9th Street, which will include resource information, free food, games and entertainment for all those who have worked to help keep Milwaukee beautiful! Local small business owners Inocente Hernandez, owner of Mi Pais located on 14th Greenfield Avenue, and Jose Sanchez, co-owner of El Centenario Auto Sales on 12th and Greenfield, have both been actively involved with organizing the Basura Bash and other community improvement efforts. They have both worked with Safe & Sound Community Partner Maria Sandoval to combat crime and blight along Greenfield Ave., an area once known for rampant drug, gang and prostitution activity. It all started when Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Sanchez volunteered to work on a project with a Safe & Sound Safe Place youth leadership group. They appeared in a video documentary created by youth describing the problems the community faced. Out of this effort, Mr. Hernandez became active in an anti-crime neighborhood collaboration with Maria, the Milwaukee Police Department, the Community Prosecution Unit, Safe Streets, and the local Hope House organizer. Through the Target Team, as it became to be known, work on resolving neighborhood issues brought residents together and significant strides have been made. Both Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Sanchez have donated generously to neighborhood improvement initiatives and participated with great enthusiasm. Through these collaborative efforts, we have developed closer relationships with law enforcement, Safe Place youth leaders and other business owners and residents on Greenfield. As Maria states "I found that when I ask them to help they are always willing." She continues, "they understand that our combined efforts and collaborations can make a real difference." We have planned with our community stakeholders for an exciting day that will remove the signs of crime and grime from the Southside of Milwaukee, and we hope will lead to more community collaborations and a positive energy for change. CONTACTS: Barbara Notestein, Safe & Sound Executive Director 414-220-4799 bnotestein@milwaukeehidta.org Maria Sandoval, Safe & Sound Community Partner Safe & Sound, Inc. 801 W. Michigan St. Milwaukee, WI 53233 414-788-1912 maria@milwaukeehidta.org 10 a.m.
· Vigil asks Catholic Dioceses to keep Centro Guadalupe’s doors open
CENTRO GUADALUPE, 1862 Beld St., Madison. Community members and organizations concerned with the dramatic loss for the community will organize a vigil this coming Saturday at the entrance of the Centro Guadalupe (1862 Beld St) starting at noon. The purpose of the event is to stress the long and successful history that the center and the community share together and the need to keep Centro Guadalupe open. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison announced yesterday the need to make a number of serious cutbacks. The changes will include the closing of the Diocese’s Catholic Multicultural Center. The center is one of the biggest support venues for immigrant families; literally thousands of families rely in one way or another on the legal, pantry, financial, education or advocacy services that the center provides. All thanks to the restless effort of the limited staff and the great and enthusiastic team of volunteers. However, tomorrow at 4pm, the center will close forever. The history of Centro Guadalupe (CG) is the history of the Latino community as a whole. Many relate the current center to the legacy of OHAS, an organization in the 70s that started addressing the needs of the Latino community. Today, the center is a symbol of integration, support, and partnership for and from the Latino community. The community is still absorbing the terrible news. Most social services providers agree that there is not one agency or a group of agencies that can pick up the number of services that will stop tomorrow. Especially in these economical times, the low income families that compose the vast majority of their clients are left in a vulnerable situation. Organizations, activists, social workers, providers in the Latino community wonder the reason that made the Catholic Dioceses to act in such precipitated way “the decision come without give us an opportunity as a community to figure out how to keep this services running,” a long term social worker complains. Literally, closing the center in two days has left the community without time to work on a transition plan to address and protect hundreds of families that rely on the type of help that CG provides every day. Many in the Latino community are asking for the opportunity of an open and sincere dialogue between the community and the Diocese to address the different options; “This should happen before closing the doors of the community center,” Alejandro R. explains, one of the thousands of clients that was helped by CG when he was homeless and “thanks to them I have medication to my medical disorder and a job, I am afraid that many people in my situation will not be so lucky if they close the center.” LASUP, Latino Support Network has scheduled a special meeting open to the community for next Wednesday, June 3, from 9am to 11am at United Way to discuss the Catholic Diocese’s decision to close the Multicultural Center. One of the ideas to save the Centro Guadalupe is to ask the Catholic Diocese to lend the building to a group of volunteers and organizations that would run the operation, initially on volunteer time until finding alternative funding. Another alternative is that the Dane County or Madison City administration would be willing to buy or rent the building to allow the programs to keep running. 12 p.m.

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