The state of politics in our nation can feel overwhelming as our political parties become more polarized and issues have become more heated. However, today we are reminded of the power of great government, with State Representatives Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), and Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), on to discuss the work they are doing at the capitol.
Rep. Sargent’s bill considers “stealthing,” the act of non-consensually removing a condom during intercourse, equivalent to sexual assault. Sargent says is is time to get serious about consent and sexual assault.
Rep. Subeck is currently working on addressing homelessness in Madison. She recently introduced a “housing first” package of bills, which proposes allocating resources to programs that help provides housing to the homeless population. The programs would also help homeless people to stay in that housing long-term.
A bipartisan bill by Rep. Goyke and Rep. David Steffen (R-Howard) of Green Bay aims to change the expungement process to help people who committed crimes when they were young get jobs when they are adults. Current law states that offenders ages 17-25 ask a judge to wipe their record clean if they complete their sentence, but that request must be done at the time of their sentencing. The legislation would change the timeline of when those requests can be made, with the hope of helping young offenders get back in the workforce.