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February 8, 2013

MADISON, WI — The Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee hosted District 8 Alder Scott Resnick on Monday, February 4. Resnick is a Common Council Alder, and addressed concerns about campus safety and new housing developments.


Legislative Affairs Committee is working with the city in developing measures that will improve safety on campus. Particularly, the Committee has been talking with Alder Resnick about improving lighting on campus, and the group has done walkabouts to determine areas of campus with poor lighting.


The Committee also discussed housing initiatives, and lobbying for legislation that protects students from landlords that neglect city ordinances. Resnick discussed his work to push for laws that require building inspections and ensure security deposits are protected. In addition, the committee has worked with city officials in educating students on housing rights, including holding the Housing Fair, which provides students with housing opportunities and educates them about their rights as tenants.


Legislative Affairs also began assembling budget packets to send to 30 State Senators and Representatives addressing the state biennial budget, which will be announced by February 20, 2013. ASM is currently lobbying for a tuition cap, and increases in need-based financial aid, among other things. Students are writing personal letters to state legislators to provide a face, story, and practicality to the numbers the legislators already have.


The conversation will continue at Legislative Affairs’ next committee meeting Monday, February 11 at 7PM on the 4th floor Caucus Room of the SAC.

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