Relating to: honoring Wisconsinites who fought in the Polish January Insurrection of 1863.
hist132202The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 21?
Senate Joint Resolution 22
Relating to: proclaiming April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Wisconsin.
hist132203The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 22?
hist132206Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that Assembly Joint Resolution 26 be withdrawn from the committee on Senate Organization and taken up at this time.
Assembly Joint Resolution 26
Relating to: honoring April 22, 2021, as the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day.
hist132207The question was: Concurrence of Assembly Joint Resolution 26?
hist132208Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that Senate Joint Resolution 23 be laid on the table.
Senate Joint Resolution 24
Relating to: congratulating the University of Wisconsin-Madison women's hockey team for winning the 2021 NCAA Division I National Championship title.
hist132209The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 24?
Senate Joint Resolution 25
Relating to: proclaiming April 2021 as Donate Life Month in the state of Wisconsin.
hist132220The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 25?
Senate Joint Resolution 26
Relating to: proclaiming April 28, 2021, as Workers' Memorial Day in Wisconsin.
hist132221The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 26?
Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that all action be immediately messaged to the Assembly:
Announcements, Adjournment Honors, and Remarks Under Special Privilege
Senator Bewley, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of a woman from Bayfield County who has spent her career helping people through some of the worst moments of their lives and who recently retired. Jan Victorson has been the Director of Emergency Management in Bayfield County since 1987 and for the last 33 years, she has worked to reduce the impact of natural and man-made emergencies. When Jan began her job three decades ago, a police officer on one end of the county couldn’t call another officer on the other side. Poor communication infrastructure hindered Bayfield County’s ability to address emergency situations, so Jan began a campaign to modernize it, increasing communication capacity and range, implementing broadband, and coordinating greater agency responses to limit loss and restore quickly help communities and individuals recover after an incident. In her years as the Director of Emergency Management, Jan has seen record flooding that took out roads, bridges and once, an entire marina, fires that destroyed over a hundred structures and burned miles wild, and more emergencies that impact the lives and livelihoods of the people of Bayfield County. Jan knows that emergency preparedness isn’t just a job or a government function, it’s an individual responsibility that we all have for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Congrats on your retirement and thank you for your dedicated service, Jan!
Senator Wirch, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Arnetta Griffin, a constituent from Kenosha. Arnetta is a big-hearted, community-oriented individual who has spent the last year in and out of church kitchens, parking lots, and various other places around the Kenosha area working to provide meals for anyone who needs it. She is an exemplary public servant and we are proud to have her as a member of our community. Thank you, Arnetta, for all you do.
Senator Ringhand, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of O.V. “Verne” Shaffer. A 1950 graduate of Beloit College, Verne was a sculptor who shared his passion and his talents not only through his work, but through teaching. Verne returned to Beloit College in 1955 as both an art instructor and the first full-time Director of the Wright Museum of Art, and he spent many years making sculptural pieces in his studio in rural Clinton. Rock County is the lucky home of dozens of sculptures and installations that Verne created. Verne’s work can be found across our state from Beloit to Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, Madison, Janesville, and more. Verne was Wisconsin’s most prolific public artist-he created an estimated 1,200 pieces of art over his career and more than 25 of them can be seen on display in Beloit alone. Verne’s impact on art in Wisconsin has been celebrated repeatedly in our state, and it is fitting that we honor his life and work today. In 1970, he received the Governor’s Award in the Arts and in 2015, Verne’s work was celebrated with events, a Gubernatorial proclamation, and a multi-city road trip that made 60 stops in 13 communities to view his publicly displayed works. Verne passed away in February, but his work as an educator and a sculptor will continue to inspire Wisconsinites for years to come.
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn, on behalf of former Senator Risser, in honor and memory of Kara Sailing, who sadly passed away in June of 2020 at the young age of 59 after battling cancer. Kara worked together with our colleague, Senator Fred Risser, for over 30 years, both in his legal practice and aiding him in his capacity as a State Senator. Kara especially enjoyed working with him in the legislature, and I know that those of us here who came to know her miss her dearly.
Fred cherished his relationship with Kara and told me how loyal and dedicated she had been to him over the years. He wanted the Senate, and the people of our state to know about her service, and how much he misses Kara. Let our thoughts be with her family and close friends, and may she rest in peace.
Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate stand adjourned pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.