Jack O’Meara recently took part in a bill-signing ceremony where Governor Evers signed a bill that OPA was very involved in from drafting to passage in the Legislature to signing. Another bill that OPA had a hand in lobbying for was signed. Jack also attended a “veto ceremony” where the Governor vetoed a bill that was strongly opposed by OPA clients. During the Evers Administration, OPA has worked closely with the Governor’s team to both enact and stop legislation. The Governor has a very important role as the “goaltender” who blocks bills that are not in the best interest of the people of the state.
Injection of epinephrine is used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis) to insect bites or stings, medicines, foods, or other substances. It is also used to treat anaphylaxis caused by unknown substances or triggered by exercise.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently signed legislation into law that will make epinephrine more readily available in Wisconsin by removing statutory language referring to “auto injector or prefilled epinephrine syringes” and instead using the more generic terminology of “epinephrine delivery system.” The new law is 2023 Wisconsin Act 27: https://docs.legis.
Working on behalf of the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses (WASN), O’Meara Public Affairs (OPA) asked for language clarifying that the epinephrine doses be “premeasured.” In reviewing the initial legislation, WASN’s Legislative Committee had noted that excessive doses of epinephrine can be dangerous.
Jack O’Meara reached out to the bill’s authors and delivered testimony to legislative committees in both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature. The bill’s authors agreed to the change, and the amendment adding the “premeasured” language was adopted when the committees went into executive session.
The June 7 Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Calendars included:
- Two bills that O’Meara Public Affairs successfully lobbied to amend. The amendments were adopted in committee and were approved on the floor of the State Assembly.
- Two additional bills that are top priorities for a client. O’Meara Public Affairs has been helping to shepherd the bills through the Legislature. The bills were both approved on June 7, one in the Assembly and one in the Senate.
The Wisconsin Association of School Nurses (WASN) presented its 2023 School Nurse Advocate Award to Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee). The photo is of WASN lobbyist Jack O’Meara presenting the award to Senator Larson at the State Capitol. Senator Larson also prepared a video for the WASN spring conference in Green Bay. In recent legislative sessions, Senator Larson has authored legislation that would provide a revenue limit exemption to allow school districts to hire school nurses. He has also been a strong supporter of public education and school health generally.
Jack O’Meara and PROFS President Michael Bernard-Donals joined Governor Evers on April 5 for the signing of Assembly Bill 67, which extended the Wisconsin Merit Scholarship program to top in-state students attending UW System schools. A large portion of the students receiving the Wisconsin Merit Scholarships choose to attend UW-Madison. PROFS, representing UW-Madison faculty, supported AB 67. Also joining the bill-signing was Rep. Chanz Green (R-Bayfield), the lead author of the legislation.
Thanks to Governor Tony Evers for issuing a proclamation for School Social Work Week. OPA works with the Governor’s office on proclamations for many clients.