News – December 26, 2022

(Beaver Dam) Wisconsin’s next legislative session is right around the corner. Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says some of the issues legislators could discuss during the upcoming session include licensing challenges as well as military code in the wake of sexual misconduct issues in the national guard. The next legislative session begins January 3rd. 

(Watertown) Wisconsin Senator John Jagler has been appointed chair of the Senate Committee on Education for the upcoming session. The Republican from Watertown served on the Senate Committee on Education last session after being elected to represent the 13th Senate District in a special election in 2021. He was re-elected to a four year term in November. Jagler says there needs to be an honest, in-depth assessment of the state education after two years of learning loss caused by our response to the pandemic. 

(Columbus) A state representative from Columbus was named chair of the Assembly Labor Committee. Republican Will Penterman was tabbed for the post by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for the 2023-2024 legislative session. Penterman says he is honored to be entrusted by his colleagues with this committee chairmanship. Beginning his second term, Penterman represents Wisconsin’s 37th Assembly District which includes portions of Dodge, Columbia, Jefferson, and Dane counties. 

(Dodge County) Jobless claims in the region saw a slight dip in the month of December. The state Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County was 2.2-percent in the eleventh month of 2022 which is down from the 2.4-percent the county saw in October. Last year, the number was two-percent. Dodge County fell four spots in the statewide unemployment ranking to 11th. 

(Wisconsin) Last week’s winter storm may have helped open up plenty of snowmobile trails, but you need to be safe out there. Snowmobile trails are opening up across the state and the Department of Natural Resources wants you to be safe and legal out on the snow. Warden Jake Holsclaw says you should keep yourself up to date on the rules so you do not get a ticket. Holsclaw reminds you that anyone born after 1985 is required to take a snowmobile safety course before going out on the trails. You can get details on Dodge County’s snowmobile trails on the county website, a link can be found at – WRN