Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Senate action

Tuesday, the Senate recognized the national champion Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team and the Wisconsin Men's Basketball Team for achievements during the last season. Women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson and player Meghan Duggan and men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and players Keaton Nankivil, Jordan Taylor, Brett Valentyn and Tim Jarmusz were recognized on the Senate floor. 

The Senate approved Assembly Joint Resolution 33 to recognize the life and military service of Paul Bartz. Paul died during the war in Afghanistan. Paul’s family was on the Senate floor for a tribute to his life as an American solider.


The Senate also approved Phil Montgomery’s appointment as chairperson of the Public Service Commission.


Six bills were approved by the Senate. Senate Bill 20, allowing Milwaukee to sell vacant or underused school buildings, was approved with a 19-14 vote.


Senate Bill 26 allows the state to raise funds to complete a bridge project connecting Wisconsin and Minnesota over the St. Croix River and was approved with a 23-10 vote.


Senate Bill 59 extends the deadline for registering piers and wharves with the Department of Natural Resources. The Senate approved SB 59 with a voice vote.


Assembly Bill 35 allows the practice of culling bass during fishing tournaments. The Senate approved Assembly Bill 35 with a 28-5 vote.


Senate Bill 72 allows bear hunters with a Class B license to participate more extensively in bear hunts. Senate Bill 72 was approved with a voice vote.

Assembly Bill 2 authorizes the creation of rural enterprise zones to spur economic development. Assembly Bill 2 was approved with a 26-7 vote.

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