After being re-elected in 2016 I authored 10 bills that were subsequently signed into law. I brought several bills forward last session, and I am happy to say that all of my bills that passed the legislature and were signed by the Governor were bipartisan. In fact, over 90% of the bills that became law last session received bipartisan support in the Assembly. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues again next session to bring meaningful change to Wisconsin.
I am immensely proud of the work I have done with the American Heart Association (AHA) over the last four years. In 2016 I had a bill signed into law that requires CPR training in schools in Wisconsin schools. The bill makes our communities safer and improves survival rates for those who suffer cardiac arrest.
This year I worked with the AHA once again as Chairman of the Criminal Justice committee to help pass a bill to require 911 dispatchers to be trained in CPR and be able to talk someone through the process on an emergency call.
I am extremely honored to be chosen as one of the American Heart Association's 2016 Legislators of the Year. I worked closely with the AHA on the CPR bill last session and I applaud their dedication to building healthier lives by educating the public on heart disease and stroke. As the husband of a registered nurse, I know how important these directives, like the CPR bill, can be - they truly save lives! I look forward to working with this organization again in the future.
I was humbled and honored to accept the Wisconsin EMS Association Legislator of the Year Award and the American Heart Association Friend of the Heart Award. These awards were due to my work on 911 Dispatcher CPR bill signed into law earlier this year.
This session I authored a bill with Senator Jerry Petrowski to designate Ginseng as the state herb in Wisconsin. Our state produces nearly 95% of our nation's Ginseng, and most of that is produced right here in our area, in Marathon County. There 180 small and medium businesses involved in Ginseng production here, and it generates $20 million statewide in annual income for Wisconsinites.
It meant a lot to me to receive this Certificate of Recognition from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. As a veteran myself, I understand the unique challenges that the men and women who serve our country face every day. I will continue to work hard to ensure our veterans get the recognition they deserve.
I was thrilled to be joined by Kerri Kasem, daughter of late radio icon Casey Kasem, at a bill singing earlier this year. Together we passed the Kasem Cares bill which addresses elder abuse. Individuals who have been unjustly prevented from visiting or communicating with their ailing relatives will now have a way to petition the court for visitation under this bill. The law creates a legal path for family members to petition a court to rule on visiting without incurring the enormous expenses necessary to challenge the guardianship or conservatorship.