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Letter from Rep. Petryk: Veterans Sporting Legislation signed into law

Senate Bill 178 (Assembly Bill 199), of which I was the primary Assembly author, will allow the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to give Purple Heart medal recipients the opportunity to purchase a discounted conservation patron license. Recently, Governor Walker signed this legislation into law making it 2013 Wisconsin Act 55. 

This new state law will require the DNR to issue a conservation patron license to resident Purple Heart veterans for a reduced fee of $10. All non-resident Purple Heart veterans will receive a reduced fee of $161. This opportunity is available now for all Purple Heart medal recipients. 

Through this new law, we are showing our support and appreciation for those service men and women who were awarded the Purple Heart for their injuries received while selflessly serving our country. Also, this law gives veterans organizations such as the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation the opportunity to reach out to Purple Heart recipients and get them to participate in healing therapy through outdoor recreation. These reduced license fees allow them to reach out to more veterans and provide the services they need at a lower cost. 

Also, Wisconsin has a long standing legacy of outdoor activities. This law will help to bolster our state’s economy through tourism while preserving our rich sporting heritage. I am proud to have been an integral part of the passage of this new state law. 

For more information, please visit the Department of Natural Resources website:

Unemployment Rate Drops in Wisconsin

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released new job numbers that show Wisconsin's preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in October which is the lowest rate since December 2008. The unemployment rate dropped slightly from 6.6% in September.

According to DWD, there were approximately 34,400 private sector jobs created in 2013 and 41,700 since October 2012. Other signs of positive economic growth came from the Department of Revenue who reported that tax revenues are up 6.9% in fiscal year 2014.


2013 Gun Deer Hunting Season Begins

Many of us across the state will head into the woods this weekend for the start of the 2013 gun deer hunting season. This is a treasured tradition for hunters, their families, and friends. This is also a time that we can help to control the herd population which if not managed, would result in many of these animals starving during the winter months.

This nine-day hunt begins on Saturday, November 23rd and runs until December 1st. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) nearly 10 percent of Wisconsin residents will head into the woods and fields during these nine days. Not only does this help our state control the deer population, it is also a boost for our state’s tourism as many will be traveling away from home, staying in hotels, and eating at local restaurants. The nine-day deer hunt contributes more than $1.3 billion in revenue to the state of Wisconsin.

Last season, hunters purchased 633,460 licenses for the nine-day deer hunt. The most hunting licenses ever purchased in the state for the nine-day deer hunt (since electronic record keeping began in 1999) was 694,714 in 2000. Also in 2012, approximately 246,041 deer were harvested during that season’s nine-day deer hunt.

Safety during this time should be everyone’s number one priority. It is imperative that we all take the time to review firearm safety to ensure a safe hunting season for all. The DNR has many tips which include the four basic rules of firearm safety: 

1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

3. Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it. 

4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. 

For more safety tips, an online treestand safety course, and other safety videos, please visit the DNR website at  Also located on this website is information on a First Harvest Certificate. This certificate is a great way for those who harvest a deer for the first time to preserve this memory for free. The certificate displays when and where you harvested your deer, others who were in your hunting party, and a picture. 


Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools

As a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Rural Schools, I wanted to share the task force’s website, This site will allow you to follow the hearings and reach Committee members, including myself, directly with any information you may want to share. 

The task force recently announced upcoming hearings. First, on Tuesday December 17th there will be a hearing in Madison. There will be two more hearings in January. First, January 8th, in Elcho and Antigo and on January 28th, right in our 93rd Assembly District, at Pepin High School. It pleases me that Chairman Swearingen was open to our suggestion to hold a hearing and listen to our West Central Wisconsin school leaders.

For more information on the Speaker’s Task Force on Rural Schools and areas of study, please visit the website or feel free to contact me!


In-District Office Hours

I will be holding in-district office hours on Monday December 2nd, 2013. The goal of these office hours is to welcome constituents from the 93rd Assembly District to come and speak directly to me on issues of importance to you. 

The following are the times and locations for office hours. Individual constituent meeting times will be based on a first come first serve basis as time allows:

December 2, 2013

Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley Town Hall

9:00-10:00 a.m.

S10414 County Road I

Eleva, WI 54701

Downsville: Downsville Town Hall

11:00-12:00 p.m. 

E4583 County Road C

Menomonie, WI 54735

Plum City: Senior Center

1:00-2:00 p.m.

501 Main St

Plum City, WI 54761

Spring Valley: Spring Valley Village Hall

3:00-4:00 p.m.

E121 South 2nd Street

Spring Valley, WI 54767


Upcoming Events in the 93rd Assembly District

Arkansaw Creek Park Christmas Lighting

Friday, November 29th, 6:00 p.m.