Senator Stroebel, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Jack Janik, a business owner, community servant and proud patriot. Mr. Janik was the president of the National Flag Day Foundation and was instrumental in organizing the annual parade and ceremony in Waubeka, the birthplace of Flag Day. He was also instrumental in the purchase and development of the Americanism Center.
Senator Bewley, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of her son-in-law John Och, who has returned to the US after serving in Iraq. He was in the Kandahar region, mostly in Kabul – but he didn’t serve in the armed forces, he worked for the State Department. He is home safe now with his wife, the Senator’s youngest daughter, Claire and their 2 little girls, Josephine and Eleanor. The entire family will move to his new assignment in Cape Town, South Africa in a few months. Senator Bewley wanted to thank him and the many American civilians who serve their country in dangerous parts of the world every day in the State Department, Department of Defense, and many other federal agencies.
Senator Darling, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of all of you for being involved in the sex trafficking bills that we have been working on for years.
Senator Darling, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Jim Ott for all of the work he has done on drunk driving.
Senator Taylor, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of her brother and uncle, whose birthdays were yesterday, November 4 and her son, whose birthday is November 10.
Senator Taylor, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of her family member Mildred Harpole, who died on October 24th. Mildred was born in the tumultuous early 1930’s and came of age in a time, when the nation was struggling to define itself, and questions of equality, segregation and opportunities for African-Americans, were obstructed at every turn. Mildred’s world view was shaped by these experiences and she positioned herself to make a difference in the area of civil rights, earning three college degrees, and becoming the first African-American woman in Milwaukee, to earn a Law Degree. Mildred and her husband Ruben, have spent their lives championing the causes of education, equality, and access for African-American people. As an educator, in the throes of Brown v. Board of Education and school boycotts in Milwaukee, Mildred helped found Freedom Schools across the city, which operated so that area children would not miss their education during the boycotts for school integration. Mrs. Harpole, who was also a lifelong advocate for racial housing equality and a Director with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, chair the Harambee Health Center (now known as the Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center) and was the administrator of the Harambee Community School. And finally, Mildred Harpole, who along with her husband, established a scholarship to encourage African Americans, particularly males, to become teachers, helped launch 50 community centers and programs.
Senator Taylor, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of 6-year-old A’Lisa “Lisa” Gee, who died as a result of a hit-and-run accident in Milwaukee on October 24th, that involved A’Lisa, Amea Gee and their cousin, Drevyze Rayford. Four-year-old Amea Gee, passed away several days later, as a result of injuries she sustained, in the same incident. These two children were laid to rest on yesterday, November 4th. The Milwaukee community showed up in the hundreds to support the family of these little girls, whose young lives ended before they could really get started. Instead of graduation and proms, there family gathered to bury them. Senator Taylor adjourned in the hopes that as legislators, we will continue to enact laws that addresses the challenges caused by reckless drivers and that increases the safety of all children.
Senator Olsen, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Dennis Valstad, who passed away this summer.
Senator Bernier, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the one year anniversary of the Girl Scout Troop 3055 accident. Sara Jo, Haylee, Autumn and Jayna lost their lives, and Madalyn was injured.
Senator Ringhand, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Lucas Stephenson, a 2019 Brodhead high school graduate and the son of Meggan and Al Foesch, started basic training at Fort Benning Georgia on Friday, August 2nd. He had his turning green ceremony on October 5th and received the Army patch officially becoming a United States Army Soldier. He continued his advanced individual training at Fort Benning and will be participating in the turning blue ceremony on Thursday, November 7th where he will receive his blue cord to signify that he is now an infantryman. He will graduate on Friday, November 8th and leave that day for his first duty station at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Brian Serdynski of the Union Grove Yorkville Fire Department. He suffered a medical issue on scene of a Rescue call for service. Brian leaves a wife and three young children behind. He will be missed but not forgotten!
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of his father, Lt. Col. Herluf Wanggaard and every other service member who has served and is currently serving in all branches of America’s armed services, respecting celebration of Veteran’s days!
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of all veterans, reminding everyone that Monday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day.
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Mahud Villalaz, the victim of an acid attack in Milwaukee on Friday, November 1st.
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees Group that recently toured the U.S./Mexico border.
Senator Petrowski, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Senator Walter John Chilsen, who served the State Senate from 1967 to 1991. Senator Chilsen passed away on December 25, 2018 at the age of 95. His beloved wife of 65 years, Rose, passed away 100 days later on April 4, 2019. Senator Chilsen was honored by the Senate today when Senate Joint Resolution 4 was adopted, followed by a reception in the Senate Parlor. Members of his family that attended today’s session were Jon Chilsen, Garrett Scheffen, Anna Straub, Molly Straub, Kris Chilsen and Bill Rundle, Margaret Chilsen and Troy Mellen, Liz Chilsen, Peter Chilsen, Jackie (Chilsen) and Brian Monpetit, Paul Chilsen, Anfinn Chilsen, Paula and Richard Barnes, and Julie Scesniak. Those who were unable to attend were Patricia Chilsen, Matt Chilsen, Tammie Chilsen, Joe Straub, and Jacquelynn Evans.
Senator Fitzgerald moved that the Senate stand adjourned until Thursday, November 7, 2019.
The question was: Shall the Senate stand adjourned?
The ayes and noes were demanded and the vote was: ayes, 27; noes, 0; absent or not voting, 6; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Bernier, Bewley, Carpenter, Cowles, Craig, Darling, Feyen, Fitzgerald, Hansen, Jacque, Johnson, Kooyenga, LeMahieu, Miller, Nass, Olsen, Ringhand, Risser, Roth, Schachtner, Shilling, Smith, Taylor, Testin, Tiffany, Wanggaard and Wirch- 27.
Noes - None - 0.
Absent or not voting – Erpenbach, Kapenga, Larson, Marklein, Petrowski and Stroebel - 6.