More Delegates Needed for 2007 Door County Legislative Days

Legislative Agenda Approved; May 8-9 Event To Also Include Sustainable Development Forum

Media Release
Released April 18, 2007
Contact Information:
Bill Chaudoir
Door County Economic Development Corporation
(920) 743-3113
bill@doorcountybusiness.com

The 2007 Door County Legislative Days will once again require at least 100 local delegates to call on legislators in Madison. Door County Legislative Days main events are scheduled on Tuesday, May 8, when delegates will call on state legislators in the afternoon and enjoy a reception, authentic Door County fish boil dinner and entertainment in the evening. The remainder of the two-day event will be reserved for visiting state officials and selected state agencies.

The cost to participate for delegates is only $20, made possible by a variety of local financial sponsors, including local governments, civic groups and private businesses. Anyone interested in participating in Legislative Days must register at www.dclegislativedays.com no later than Monday, April 30. Rooms starting at $89 at the Legislative Days headquarters hotel, the Inn On The Park on Capitol Square, remain available. For reservations, call 800-279-8811.

Legislative Days Steering Committee Chairman Bill Chaudoir stated: “The logistics and details for Door County Legislatives Days 2007 are coming together very well. As this is our third such effort, we have been able to tweak and improve the event to the point that we are confident this will be the best and most productive one yet. Given our past successes, this is a lofty goal.”

Chaudoir continued: “The greatest need we have now is for more delegates. We need 100 Door County delegates to effectively call on legislators. With only a couple weeks to go, we need at least 30 more volunteers to complete our delegation.”

The Steering Committee charged with planning and executing the third biennial Door County Legislative Days event on May 8 and 9 recently approved the legislative agenda that volunteer lobbyists will deliver to all legislators in Madison. Local residents, governments and businesses nominated ideas for the agenda, which includes:

  1. Expressing sincerest thanks to the Legislature, state agencies, and the Governor’s Office for their collaboration in recent years that has led to several major accomplishments in Door County such as the new Sturgeon Bay bridge, support for the Sturgeon Bay shipbuilding cluster, the expansion of Highway 57, and other projects.
  2. Urging Legislative support of specific items in the 2007 Biennial Budget:
    1. Exempt funding for county-wide ambulance services from state imposed levy limits;
    2. Support reauthorization of the State Stewardship Fund;
    3. Support proposed funding for Invasive Species Protection.
  3. Requesting state support of local efforts to protect beach water quality and our unique ecosystems.
  4. Creation of a statewide program for mandatory registration of underground propane gas lines.
  5. Supporting efforts to reform the state’s school funding formulas.
  6. Seeking Legislative action to address rising health care costs.

To complement the Legislative Days schedule, a luncheon forum on sustainability issues has been added on Wednesday, May 9, 12:30pm, at the Inn On The Park. The educational forum will feature four community leaders from the Madison area who will discuss topics related to sustainable growth, the Natural Step sustainability framework, eco-tourism and how larger geographical regions can approach sustainability issues. Forum participants will be Lisa MacKinnon, Policy Director for 1000 Friends of Wisconsin; Bryant Moroder, Executive Director of Sustain Dane; Nan Fey, Chair of the City of Madison’s Plan Commission; and Gregg McManners, Director of Operations for Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Following the luncheon forum, Brent Denzin, an attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates, will lead a tour of two Madison-area sites where infill development is occurring using sustainable design elements: an abandoned rail yard in downtown Madison that is now slated for new development and a Super Wal-Mart under construction in Monona, WI, that incorporates sustainable features. Laurel Hauser of the Door County Land Trust made the arrangements for the sustainability forum and tour and can answer any questions about the event: lhauser@dcwis.com.

The sustainability luncheon and tour are open to all Legislative Days participants or any other interested party. The cost of the luncheon forum is $12. Anyone interested in attending should register with Susan Mullarkey at the Door County Economic Development Corporation by phone at 920-743-3113 x200 or e-mail: susan@doorcountybusiness.com.

Door County Legislative Days is a biennial trip to the state capital in Madison by Door County residents, elected officials, business owners and other stakeholders, to bring a locally agreed-upon agenda of Door County issues directly to state elected officials and government agency leaders. Door County Legislative Days is a collaborative effort, jointly planned by the Door County Economic Development Corporation, the Door County Visitor Bureau, the Door County office of the University of Wisconsin-Extension program, the Sturgeon Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau and other local volunteers.