Assembly Joint Resolution 18
Relating to: proclaiming the month of March 2021 as American Red Cross Month throughout the state of Wisconsin.
hist130304The question was: Concurrence of Assembly Joint Resolution 18?
Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that all action be immediately messaged to the Assembly:
Announcements, Adjournment Honors, and Remarks Under Special Privilege
Senator Wirch, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the Wisconsin 7. Rev. Jonathan Barker, County Board Supervisor Andy Berg, Justin Blake, Joe Cardinali, Tory Lowe, Vaun Mayes and Jill Ferguson are close to completing a 22-day fast to support Governor Evers’ budget proposals on climate change. Senator Wirch appreciates their efforts to bring greater awareness to climate justice.
Senator Agard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the countless victims of senseless gun violence across our country each and every year. Yesterday, a gunman - a domestic terrorist - attacked a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that killed ten people and invoked trauma on countless others. This immediately follows six other mass shootings in as many days, including one in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. This is an epidemic, and it has to stop. It is time to get serious about creating real change and passing lifesaving gun reforms immediately. We must treat domestic terrorism and gun violence as a national crisis. Grocery stores, Spas, Schools, Movie theaters, Places of Worship, Playgrounds, Job sites, Shopping malls, Festivals, Concerts, Homes. This is happening in places where everyone should feel safe. Places we bring our children. Places of work. Places of worship. Senator Agard is adjourning with the hope that we can take collective action. That we can set aside political interests and act as people who can take action to save lives. That we can recognize the value of human life. That we can recognize the wide support for this life saving policy changes. The fact is, legislative action has been proven to save lives. Background checks, extreme risk protective orders, waiting periods. Senator Agard adjourns with the hope we can do these things with the courage and conviction and a sense of duty for those we represent.
Senator Roys, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the University of Wisconsin’s Women’s Hockey team. This team has had a tremendous season, finishing it with an incredible 2-1 overtime win against the Northeastern Huskies. With this victory, the Badger Women’s hockey team claimed their 6th NCAA Division I National Championship title. My sincere congratulations to the players, their coaches, and staff. Senator Roys looks forward to when we can return to LaBahn Arena and cheer our champions on in person.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the Racine St. Catherine’s Angels Boys Basketball team, which won the 2021 Division 3 State Championship. Led by Coach Nick Bennett, the Angels had a record of 28-1, on their way to winning it all. The Angel boy basketball team’s accomplishment is all the more impressive given that they finished the previous season 25-0, but were denied last year’s championship and had to play all their games on the road this season, both due to COVID.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of his darling wife Mary Jo Wanggaard’s birthday.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of his wonderful daughter, Kathleen Jensen’s birthday.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of his brother, Christopher Wanggaard’s birthday.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of his grandmother, Christina Wanggaard’s birthday.
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the former Sergenat at Arms, Ted Blazel, who is leaving us. He and his staff have done an excellent job in serving this body, so we are going to miss him. Thank you Ted.
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, which occurs annually on March 31st, a day set aside to acknowledge, celebrate, and elevate transgender and nonbinary people across the world and here in Wisconsin. Transgender and nonbinary individuals have achieved many great successes in fighting discrimination, and continue in their efforts towards equality and fairness by combating indignity with dignity. The stories of Alina Boyden and Shannon Andrews show us that perseverance can lead to systemic change and better conditions for all. Elle Halo works to help transgender people acquire access to health care, to improve others' mental and physical well-being, to raise awareness of issues affecting gender-nonconforming people of color, and to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Transgender and nonbinary people serve our country in the armed forces, including Col. Sheri Swokowski, Ph.D., the highest-ranking out transgender veteran, who works to improve transgender civil rights and health care for other transgender military service members. Zoe Roberts, Vered Meltzer, Jessica Katzenmeyer, and Wendy Bolm provide examples of bravery and confidence in pursuing their values through political engagement and encouraging others to do so as well. Rachel Crowl brings authenticity to the stage and screen and demonstrates the importance of transgender and nonbinary people sharing their lived experiences. Alex Corona advocates for others by creating resources, trainings, and outreach materials to improve the visibility and inclusion of the transgender and nonbinary community, as well as helping others access and navigate the name change process. Diverse and Resilient, FORGE, SHEBA, GSAFE, The Black Rose Initiative, Fair Wisconsin, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and other organizations across our state have dedicated their efforts to supporting the transgender and nonbinary community, showing the strength of collective action and building a more inclusive Wisconsin. Everyone has a role to play in making our communities places where transgender and gender-nonconforming people are welcomed, supported, and have the opportunity to thrive. Our transgender and nonbinary neighbors in Wisconsin have shown great strength in the face of adversity and empower others to explore and embrace their full selves by living their truth.
Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that the 2021 Regular Session of the Senate stand adjourned pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.