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Capitol Update: Marklein plans listening session in district
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Last week, I announced the opportunity to share your thoughts with me by completing my 2015 Legislative Survey. If you haven't had the chance to fill out a survey yet, I encourage you to visit my website and click on the "2015 Legislative Survey" button:

In addition to the survey, I have also planned a series of 16 listening sessions for the 17th Senate District during the next month and I hope you will join me and my fellow legislators.

These sessions are designed for face-to-face sharing of ideas, concerns and input. As you arrive, please sign-in with a member of our team if you would like an opportunity to speak. For most sessions, we will provide 5 minutes per person for input. Depending on the attendance, we may offer additional speaking opportunities for attendees. Our moderator will work with attendees to ensure that everyone who would like to speak has an opportunity to do so in a respectful atmosphere.

If you prefer to share your thoughts in writing or have a specific question, please feel free to leave your comments with us or send an email to or P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707.

The schedule for our Fall Listening Sessions in Green and Lafayette counties is as follows:

Oct. 9 with Rep. Todd Novak

• 9 to10 a.m. Dodgeville: Dodgeville City Hall, 100 E. Fountain St.

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Argyle: Argyle Village Hall, 401 E. Milwaukee St.

• 2 to 3 p.m. Monroe: Monroe City Hall, 1110 18th Ave.

Again, thank you for sharing your ideas via my legislative survey and for finding a time to visit with me at a listening session. I look forward to learning more about your ideas, preferences and seeking your input.

For more information and to connect with me, visit my website and subscribe to my weekly E-Update by sending an email to Do not hesitate to call 800-978-8008 if you have input, ideas or need assistance with any state-related matters.

- Sen. Howard Marklein represents Wisconsin's 17th Senate District. His column is normally published Mondays in the Times.