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Milroy column: New legislative session opens door for new ideas

January marked the beginning of a new legislative session at the Wisconsin Capitol, bringing with it a new set of challenges and opportunities. As a state legislator, I work for all the citizens of Wisconsin, however, the most important aspect of my job is listening to the people of the 73rd Assembly District that I represent.

It would be impossible to name an issue that everyone agrees upon, and that is why it is imperative that I hear from you — the citizens — about how you feel about issues before us.

During a legislative session, legislators are presented with no less than a couple thousand legislative proposals covering statewide issues from education to hunting, historic preservation to taxes, veterans to transportation, and the list goes on and on.

About half of these proposals are actually introduced and even less receive public hearings and proceed through the legislative process to become law. It is impossible to be well-versed on all proposals presented before us, and this is where you come in.

If there is a legislative proposal you feel strongly about, or that affects you and your family, please let me know. Additionally, if you have ideas about potential legislation, I would appreciate that feedback.

Another important aspect of my job is assisting with state agencies. If you run into hurdles in dealing with any of Wisconsin's state agencies, please contact my office for assistance. The majority of times it is simply a matter of misunderstanding or a case that is waiting for a final signature. Whatever the situation, my office will contact the state agency to make an inquiry on your behalf.

We have one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country. This is the people's building. If your travels bring you to Madison, I hope you are able to find the time to take a tour and to stop by Room 104 North in the capitol — your office — to say hello. Feel free to contact the office ahead of time so I can be there to greet you if I am in Madison.

As we begin a new session with a split government for the first time in eight years, I pledge to continue to work across the aisle. Whether it is ideas for a new bill, your views on pending legislation, concerns with a state agency, or questions about the legislative process, your input is vital to the success of Northwest Wisconsin. I look forward to hearing from you!

Rep. Milroy, D-South Range, represents the state's 73rd Assembly District. He can be reached by calling 608‑266‑0640; toll-free at 888‑534‑0073 (using a Wisconsin-based phone only); or via email at rep.milroy@legis.wisconsin.gov.