One of the most common frustrations I hear as I travel the 10th Senate District is the lack of Wisconsin news and information. Given our proximity to the Twin Cities, we often hear more information on Minnesota’s state government than our own.
In an effort to address the availability of information, I have sought to continually improve my website at www.harsdorfsenate.com to provide updates and news from our state government. You can find my press releases and columns, a blog, and links to current topics such as the building of the new St. Croix River Crossing. Additionally, there are links to view bills that have been introduced in the State Legislature by subject or author.
Those interested can also sign up for regular e-mail updates through the E-mail Club form on my homepage or use the “Ask Sheila” page to submit comments and questions to me. An opinion survey is also regularly updated to solicit feedback on issues impacting our state and region.
One feature that can be particularly useful is the State Legislature’s notification service, which provides e-mail updates to those that sign up for notifications. Currently, individuals can sign up to receive e-mails when a particular committee schedules hearings and takes votes on bills or appointments. Also, those interested can sign up for e-mail notices when particular bills are scheduled for public hearings or votes.
In the future, the notification service will also provide e-mail updates to those interested in following bills introduced by specific legislators or on broad subject areas. You can access the notification service and find out more about legislation, statutes, and administrative rules on the State Legislature’s website at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/.
Another option for those seeking to follow state government and the State Legislature is Wisconsin Eye. Wisconsin Eye was established several years ago to provide video coverage of the State Legislature, Supreme Court, and executive branch. Wisconsin Eye also creates their own content with interviews of government officials and by filming press conferences. You can watch Wisconsin Eye’s programming online at http://www.wiseye.org/.
As always, please feel free to contact me to share your views on issues or legislation, if you are seeking information, or have questions on state government. Please visit my website at www.harsdorfsenate.com or call my office at 1-800-862-1092 or 608-266-7745.