State Sen. Melissa Agard

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Senator Agard Welcomes New Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett
Republicans Turn their Back on Wisconsinites with Budget Votes
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Republicans Turn their Back on Wisconsinites with Budget Votes

With Republican led votes to strip nearly 300 provisions from the budget, the people of Wisconsin lose out on life-changing and life-saving provisions

High Time to Support Cannabis Legalization
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High Time to Support Cannabis Legalization

GOP set to strip out cannabis legalization from the governor’s proposal tomorrow

Republicans Continue to Show their True Colors with Upcoming Budget Plans: The Time for Action is Now
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Republicans Continue to Show their True Colors with Upcoming Budget Plans: The Time for Action is Now

With the Joint Finance Committee planning to vote to remove 280 policy provisions, Republicans show Wisconsinites are not their top priority

Senator Agard: Statement on Shooting Tragedy at the Oneida Casino Complex
Republicans Lose Lawyers Before Redistricting Starts
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Republicans Lose Lawyers Before Redistricting Starts

Judge voids contracts Republicans made with lawyers to represent them in expected redistricting legal battle

Senator Agard Applauds Attorney General Kaul, DOJ Investigation into Clergy Sexual Abuse
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Senator Agard Applauds Attorney General Kaul, DOJ Investigation into Clergy Sexual Abuse

AG Kaul announced that state DOJ will conduct a sweeping inquiry into clergy and faith leader abuse in Wisconsin.

Sen. Agard Statement on Derek Chauvin Case Verdict
Senator Agard’s Statement on the Shooting of Daunte Wright
Senator Agard Applauds President Biden Taking Steps to Address Gun Violence
Senator Agard joins Attorney General Josh Kaul, Senator LaTonya Johnson in Support of Governor Evers’ Gun Safety Budget Provisions
Senator Agard: Statement on Supreme Court Decision
Thousands of Wisconsinites Sign Petition in Support of Cannabis Legalization
Senator Agard responds to Speaker Vos comments regarding gun reform legislation
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Senator Agard responds to Speaker Vos comments regarding gun reform legislation

Common Sense Gun Reforms Save Lives

Senator Agard Responds to Boulder Shooting, Calls for Immediate Action on Gun Safety in Wisconsin
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Senator Agard Responds to Boulder Shooting, Calls for Immediate Action on Gun Safety in Wisconsin

We must treat domestic terrorism and gun violence as a national crisis

Sexual Assault Kit Bills will help create a Safer, More Compassionate Wisconsin
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Sexual Assault Kit Bills will help create a Safer, More Compassionate Wisconsin

Senator Agard applauds bipartisan bills passing the Senate unanimously

Senator Agard Introduces “People’s Voice Act” Legislation
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Senator Agard Introduces “People’s Voice Act” Legislation

Legislation would allow the public to petition for public hearings on legislation

Refusing to Expand Medicaid is Fiscally and Morally Irresponsible
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Refusing to Expand Medicaid is Fiscally and Morally Irresponsible

Report released shows MA expansion would result in $1 billion in state savings

Senator Agard Supports UnityPoint-Meriter Nurses in Their Efforts for a Fair Contract
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Senator Agard Supports UnityPoint-Meriter Nurses in Their Efforts for a Fair Contract

Health Care Heroes deserve respect, protection, and a voice in the workplace

Senator Agard Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Exempting Menstrual Products and Diapers from State Sales Tax
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Senator Agard Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Exempting Menstrual Products and Diapers from State Sales Tax

Hygiene products are necessities, not luxuries

Senator Agard Votes to Start Modernization of the Unemployment System
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Senator Agard Votes to Start Modernization of the Unemployment System

The State Senate met to take first steps to upgrade the unemployment system shortcomings after nearly a year of issues.

Senator Agard Applauds Governor Evers’ People First Budget
Senator Agard Sends Letter to JFC Co-Chairs in Support of Keeping Legalization of Marijuana in State Budget
Senator Agard Supports Governor Evers’ Budget Provision to Legalize and Tax Marijuana in Wisconsin
The House is on Fire and Republicans Argue About Process
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The House is on Fire and Republicans Argue About Process

Senate GOP in Disarray, go back on their word with the Governor

Senator Melissa Agard and Representative Gary Hebl Respond to Racist Assignment at Patrick Marsh Middle School
Senator Agard Leads on Main Street Recovery Package
Legislation Addressing Sexual Assault Kit Handling Continues to Garner Bi-Partisan Support
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Legislation Addressing Sexual Assault Kit Handling Continues to Garner Bi-Partisan Support

Senator Agard originally authored this bill in 2017

Senate Republicans set to pass resolution making Wisconsinites less safe, less secure, and less prosperous
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Senate Republicans set to pass resolution making Wisconsinites less safe, less secure, and less prosperous

GOP to overturn Gov. Evers’ popular Statewide Mask Mandate

Republican Bills Hinder Wisconsin’s Efforts to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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Republican Bills Hinder Wisconsin’s Efforts to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Committee on Human Services, Children and Families executive session continues to show Republicans unwilling to do the real work for Wisconsinites

In his State of the State Address, Governor Evers Talks about how Fair Maps Will Lead to a Fair Shake for Wisconsinites
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In his State of the State Address, Governor Evers Talks about how Fair Maps Will Lead to a Fair Shake for Wisconsinites

Governor Evers highlights the need for redistricting reform as a focal point for 2021

Senator Agard Sends Letter to Vice President Mike Pence, Calling on him to invoke the 25th Amendment
Senator Agard Releases Statement on the Decision to Not Charge Officer Involved in Shooting Jacob Blake
Senator Agard Sworn-In, will be the next State Senator from the 16th Senate District beginning January 4th
Audits Show the Need to Modernize and Improve UI System after Years of GOP Neglect
Senator-elect Agard: Statement on Wisconsin Unanimously Casting its Electoral Votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris
Senator-Elect Agard Comments on Committee on Campaigns and Elections “Public Hearing”
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Senator-Elect Agard Comments on Committee on Campaigns and Elections “Public Hearing”

Legislative Republicans Hold Sham Public Hearing on Baseless, Unsubstantiated Election Fraud Claims

Op Ed: State Must Address Sexual Assault Issue
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State Must Address Sexual Assault Issue

Will Legislature pass bipartisan bill to assure backlog of rape kits doesn’t recur?

Op Ed: Let’s End the “Tampon Tax”
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Let’s End the “Tampon Tax”

Bill targets inaccessibility of essential menstrual hygiene products in public restrooms.

Op Ed: Limited Legal Pot Is Not Enough
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Limited Legal Pot Is Not Enough

Fully legal cannabis has far more economic, social and health benefits.

The Most Dangerous Thing about Marijuana in Wisconsin is that it is Illegal
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The Most Dangerous Thing about Marijuana in Wisconsin is that it is Illegal

"Far too many lives and communities have been damaged by out of date and backwards cannabis policies..."

Rep. Sargent Statement on Child Tax Rebate and Annual Sales Tax Holiday
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Rep. Sargent Statement on Child Tax Rebate and Annual Sales Tax Holiday

"This is a one-time sales tax holiday and a one-time $100-check to be delivered right before an election—if that doesn’t scream ‘election-year gimmick,’ I don’t know what does."

Republican Bill Second-Guesses, Restricts Local Governments
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Republican Bill Second-Guesses, Restricts Local Governments

Assembly bill would add restrictions to local governments raising money for transportation projects

Democrats Introduce Bill to Support Working Families, Increase Minimum Wage to $15
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Democrats Introduce Bill to Support Working Families, Increase Minimum Wage to $15

Legislation introduced today would increase Wisconsin’s minimum wage, tie minimum wage to inflation

Rep. Sargent’s Statement on Second Request for Public Review of Foxconn Contract, WEDC Board’s Two-Day Review
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Rep. Sargent’s Statement on Second Request for Public Review of Foxconn Contract, WEDC Board’s Two-Day Review

There’s no excuse for the lack of transparency or accountability with this much on the line for Wisconsin taxpayers.

Bills Introduced Repealing ‘Tampon Tax,’ Requiring Hygiene Products in Bathrooms
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Bills Introduced Repealing ‘Tampon Tax,’ Requiring Hygiene Products in Bathrooms

The Hygiene Product Accessibility Act removes barriers to affording, accessing hygiene products

Rep. Sargent’s Statement on Governor Walker’s Letter to the NFL
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Rep. Sargent’s Statement on Governor Walker’s Letter to the NFL

"Well, after seven years in office, I’m glad Scott Walker finally woke up this morning and realized domestic violence in the NFL is a problem."

King Audit, Hearing Highlight Need for Legislative Oversight and Accountability
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King Audit, Hearing Highlight Need for Legislative Oversight and Accountability

DVA unresponsiveness to Legislature, LAB audits should prompt legislative action

Legislators Condemn Las Vegas Shooting, Demand Action on Gun Violence
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Legislators Condemn Las Vegas Shooting, Demand Action on Gun Violence

Reps. Sargent, Berceau, and Taylor announce bill denouncing gun violence, call on state and federal legislators to act on legislation preventing gun violence

Reps. Sargent and Taylor Request LAB Audit of DOJ Sexual Assault Kit Testing
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Reps. Sargent and Taylor Request LAB Audit of DOJ Sexual Assault Kit Testing

Legislators today requested an official state audit relating to Wisconsin’s sexual assault kit backlog

ENDA Report Underscores Need for Domestic Violence Prevention in Wisconsin
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ENDA Report Underscores Need for Domestic Violence Prevention in Wisconsin

Rep. Sargent joined advocates today to announce the 2016 results of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s annual Domestic Violence Homicide Report

Walker Prioritizes Politics Over Public Schools (Again)
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Walker Prioritizes Politics Over Public Schools (Again)

State budget bill signing scheduled during State Supt. Evers’ State of Education Address

Legislature Shouldn’t Get Too Comfortable After Latest LAB Audit on Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
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Legislature Shouldn’t Get Too Comfortable After Latest LAB Audit on Wisconsin Veterans Home at King

LAB King audit announced today highlights need for continued reform, legislative oversight

Unconstitutional Bill Addressing Republican-Manufactured Crisis to Pass Assembly
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Unconstitutional Bill Addressing Republican-Manufactured Crisis to Pass Assembly

Republicans set to pass bill spearheaded by Speaker Robin Vos attacking free speech rights on campus

WEDC Audit Reveals Continued Dereliction, Insubordination
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WEDC Audit Reveals Continued Dereliction, Insubordination

Governor Walker agency continues economic discouragement and taxpayer dollar malfeasance

Representative Sargent Introduces Bill to Stop “Stealth” Sexual Assault
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Representative Sargent Introduces Bill to Stop “Stealth” Sexual Assault

New legislation prevents sexual assault via nonconsensual removal of a sexually protective device

Audit of Wisconsin’s Financial Statements Another Hit to GOP’s Budget Fairytale
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Audit of Wisconsin’s Financial Statements Another Hit to GOP’s Budget Fairytale

Financial records show billion-dollar General Fund deficit and bleeding Transportation Fund

Republican-Sponsored Gun Bill Irresponsible, Dangerous for Wisconsin
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Republican-Sponsored Gun Bill Irresponsible, Dangerous for Wisconsin

Republican legislation makes a mockery of Wisconsin’s gun violence epidemic

Sober Housing Legislation Helps Address Addiction Epidemic
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Sober Housing Legislation Helps Address Addiction Epidemic

Rep. Sargent introduces bill to support and expand access to sober living residences in Wisconsin

DNR Audit Underlines Consequences of Starving State Government
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DNR Audit Underlines Consequences of Starving State Government

DNR underfunding, understaffing causing lack of enforcement, accountability

GOP Continues Six-Year War on Wisconsin Workers
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GOP Continues Six-Year War on Wisconsin Workers

GOP’s bill banning project labor agreements hurts hardworking Wisconsinites

Water in six Madison schools have higher lead levels than national standard
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Water in six Madison schools have higher lead levels than national standard

Rep. Sargent: Statement on Reports of High Lead Content in Local Schools

Progressive Tax Reform Plan Helps Middle Class Wisconsinites
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Progressive Tax Reform Plan Helps Middle Class Wisconsinites

Legislative progressives are putting money back in the pockets of hardworking families

Lack of Urgency, Transparency in Sexual Assault Kit Testing Necessitates Audit
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Lack of Urgency, Transparency in Sexual Assault Kit Testing Necessitates Audit

Representative Sargent requests an official audit of the DOJ’s sexual assault kit backlog and testing policies and procedures

Rep. Sargent: Statement on the Republican Plan to Increase the EITC
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Rep. Sargent: Statement on the Republican Plan to Increase the EITC

Republicans Take Credit for Putting Out Fires They Started

Redistricting Ruling Victory for Wisconsin Democracy
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Redistricting Ruling Victory for Wisconsin Democracy

People should get to pick their legislators, not vice versa

Transportation Audit Shatters GOP Budget Fairytale
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Transportation Audit Shatters GOP Budget Fairytale

Caution! Road Work Ahead (That We Can’t Pay For)

Governor Walker and GOP Out of Touch With Wisconsin
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Governor Walker and GOP Out of Touch With Wisconsin

"Governor Walker and the GOP could not be more wrong about the state of Wisconsin."

Op-Ed: Scott Walker Helped Create Trump
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Scott Walker Helped Create Trump

Governor's divisiveness and use of fear set stage for Donald Trump's style.