Dear Friends,

The world's largest music festival is back this week! This year's Summerfest will be held over three weekends starting today. It's scheduled for June 23-25, June 30-July 2, and July 7-9, 2022 and features more than 800 acts. You can see a list of performers and times here.

Now that summer is here, it's time to plan your Wisconsin getaway. The Travel Wisconsin website can help you decide what to do, where to stay, and when to go. Plan your next vacation today!

As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov.

On, Wisconsin!
Protecting Student Athletes
This session I am honored to be the author of legislation called the Kai 11 bill. Kai was a three-sport athlete at Waukesha North High School.
 
Kai died from sudden cardiac arrest despite being only 16 and a great athlete. Regular school physicals for sports didn't detect the problems with Kai's heart.
 
High school athletes can pass traditional physicals without knowing they have a potentially fatal issue with their hearts. My bill will require Wisconsin schools to distribute information to parents informing them of the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest. This new law alerts parents and can help save lives.
 
Sports are important to the development of young people. Sports teach cooperation, teamwork, and trust. Kids learn to work together to accomplish a goal. Most of all, athletics are fun. This law will help make sure sports are also safer for student-athletes.
Protecting Wisconsin's Elections
Trust in our election process is in jeopardy. Too many rules were bent and changes were made without the approval of elected officials. That's why I authored or co-authored more than a dozen election reforms this session.
 
During the 2020 election, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) made several changes to the way the state handles elections without approval from the Legislature. They shouldn't be allowed to do that.
 
It’s the job of the Legislature to write laws. Unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats shouldn’t be allowed to change laws on a whim or interrupt our elections. As we have seen, this creates confusion and different rules for different parts of the state. That’s not fair to the voters of Wisconsin. Whether you vote in Milwaukee or Manitowoc, the process should be the same throughout Wisconsin.
 
That's why I authored Senate Bill 943. It helps make sure major changes in election law are approved by the Legislature. My bill will improve the legislative review process of WEC guidance and promote full transparency and accountability. This is a simple change that will improve how we handle elections. 
 
Unfortunately, Governor Evers vetoed my bill. I will continue to fight to make sure our elections are fair and open for everyone.
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