2010 legislative session in review

June 2, 2010

By Chris Sinicki, 20th District State Representative

The conclusion of the legislative session in Madison is a good opportunity to review accomplishments as well as focus on work yet to be done. As the 20th Assembly District representative, serving Cudahy, St. Francis and Milwaukee, I advanced legislation on a variety of issues.

As the chair of the Assembly Committee on Labor I worked to shield Wisconsin’s labor force from the broader economic downturn. I authored, and the legislature passed, Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, protecting every employee in Wisconsin from workplace discrimination.

Because ensuring the solvency of the state’s unemployment insurance fund is vital to our economic security, I authored Assembly Bill 5-2009 Wisconsin Act 1-to extend emergency benefits for those affected by job loss.

My colleagues and I passed reforms reining in the pay-day lending industry to help borrowers break the debt-cycle; we reduced the profitability for lenders of trading bad debt.

To help reduce administrative costs in the public sector, I worked with Mayor Barrett to pass legislation to streamline the hiring process for city of Milwaukee civil service; Milwaukee had been the only municipality in the state subject to a 100-year-old statute which required costly extra hoops in the hiring process.

At the request of veterans in our district, I introduced Assembly Bill 752 to provide a geographic residency requirement for members of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Board. We also passed Senate Bill 627, creating a women veterans license plate, which will raise funds for Wisconsin veterans.

Working with the Humane Society, we passed a bill to require a bittering agent be added to antifreeze; I’m very pleased to say the bill was signed into law May 18. At no cost to the taxpayer, the bill will protect hundreds of our pets from sickness and death due to accidental antifreeze ingestion each year.

Despite our accomplishments, it is important to remember there is still much to do; elected officials should maintain focus on protecting the existing quality jobs on which communities rely, while working to create new ones and bring this economy back to full employment.

Chris Sinicki is the state representative for Wisconsin’s 20th state Assembly District, which includes southern Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, the airport, and other parts of the south side. Her website is chrissinicki.net and she can be reached at (888) 534-0020 or rep.sinicki@legis.wi.gov.

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  1. Endorsement: Rep. Christine Sinicki for 20th Assembly District « Haas414 on Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 12:29 am 

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