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Over the past several years, American citizens have witnessed the all-out attack on the rule of law. Within days of entering the Legislature in January of 2021, I was immediately immersed into the battle for a wolf hunt across Wisconsin. 2011 WISCONSIN ACT 169 clearly reads “If the wolf is not listed on the federal endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list, the department shall allow the hunting and trapping of wolves and shall regulate such hunting and trapping as provided in this section and shall implement a wolf management plan.” Even with this clear statute, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) refused to hold a hunt – completely going against state law. It was not until our judicial system demanded that this hunt continue, that the DNR moved forward with a spring hunt. This fall, the DNR is once again denying the citizens of Wisconsin a wolf hunt that is clearly required in state law.
On another front, the investigation into the 2020 election continues. The non-partisan, highly respected Legislative Audit Bureau recently concluded its audit of the 2020 election and found numerous instances of the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) issuing guidance in direct contradiction to state law. Illegal guidance from WEC to local clerks included aspects of required training, maintaining voter records, counting ballots, collecting ballots and more. Our local clerks are incredibly hardworking and perform thankless duties. Most clerks are part-time and often are left relying on staff members of WEC to provide them sound guidance. In the case of 2020, WEC was providing these clerks with hasty guidance that has led to the election integrity “chaos” ever since.
Wisconsin has always been a leader in our Nation’s politics and legislative priorities. We must uphold this tradition through strong legislative action and through integrity in our justice system. We cannot stand for unelected bureaucrats blatantly disregarding the law. We also cannot stand for elected officials and district attorneys who turn a blind eye to those that are breaking the law. All citizens should be held accountable for their actions and elected leaders must work to ensure the integrity of all aspects of our government processes. The Legislature will continue to take action in restoring election integrity by passing bills recommended to us by the Legislative Audit Bureau and I will continue working to restore the rule of law back into our State and Country – as every citizen should demand!
– Dallman, R-Green Lake, represents the 41st Assembly District.