Dear Friends,

There is sad news to report this week.  State Representative Bob Gannon passed away.  Bob was from Mequon and represented the Slinger area in the State Assembly since 2014.  He was very active in his community and his leadership will be greatly missed.

I had the honor to work with Bob.  I greatly admired his energy and dedication to conservative ideals.  Southeast Wisconsin has lost a powerful voice.  My condolences go out to his wife Kay and their family.


Darling Bill Reduces Red Tape and Reforms Family and Medical Leave

Taking time off to care for a loved one or for a medical condition can be confusing for both employees and employers.  I am working on a bill to streamline those rules.
 
On Thursday, I joined State Representatives Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) to author a bill which will help clear up the confusion between the state and federal versions of the law.  Wisconsin is currently one of 13 states who has a state family and medical leave law that conflicts and overlaps with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
 
It's time Wisconsin ends the confusion about family and medical leave laws. This is a common sense reform to streamline and simplify family and medical leave laws for employers, while still protecting this critical benefit for Wisconsin's employees.
 
While the state and federal family and medical leave codes are very similar, their differences result in immense difficulties and confusion for employers.
 
Under the bill, employers who are covered under the federal family and medical leave law are exempt from the state family and medical leave law.  The bill maintains a state provision which allows employees to take leave to care for a spouse, child, parent, domestic partner, or parent-in-law who has a serious health condition.
 
The bill is now circulating in the Senate and Assembly for co-sponsorship.

Wisconsin: A Great Place To Get Started
Wisconsin: A Great Place To Get Started

Our great state is in an economic revival.  Thanks to our reforms, great businesses like Foxconn, Haribo, and Ikea are choosing Wisconsin to build, hire, and grow.

It's not just big companies that are picking our state.  This great video from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce shows how start-ups are finding success in our area. 
Wisconsin Blue Books Available

The new Wisconsin Blue Books are in!  The Blue Book is an invaluable resource about our state's history, demographics, and data.

If you would like a copy, please email me at Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov.  Send me your name and address and we will mail one out to you at no cost.
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Senator Alberta Darling | Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov | 1-800-863-1113| http://darling.senate.wisconsin.gov
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