Rep. Rob Swearingen

Majority of states at 70 or more
3:19 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

70 MPH On Rural Four Lanes Looks More Likely

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Two Northwoods legislators think a bill to increase the speed limit on Wisconsin's four lanes five miles per hour will be met favorably.

The bill authored in the Assembly would give the Department of Transportation the authority to up the Interstate speed limit to 70 from the current 65 but wouldn't be required to do so.

Representative Rob Swearingen sits on the Assembly Transportation committee thinks it will move forward. He says a majority of people testifying at a hearing this week were in favor of the bill..

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Say budget will change
5:14 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Reaction Continues After Walker Budget Address

State Senator Janet Bewley(D-Ashland)
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Opposition grew  to the governor's budget proposal to borrow one-point-three billion dollars for highway projects, instead of raising taxes-and-fees for them.  Speaker Robin Vos repeated his concerns about building up the state's debt.  Still, Vos said new money has to be found to pay for necessary roads.  Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany said the transportation funding plan gives him the "biggest heartburn" of anything in the two-year, 68-billion dollar budget.

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Also on Transportation, Tourism
4:38 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Swearingen To Chair Key Committee

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), 34th Assembly Dist.
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State Representative Rob Swearingen(Wi-34) thinks he can get much done after he was named to Chair the Assembly State Affairs and Government Operations committee.

Last session, the Rhinelander Republican was vice-chair of State Affairs and Government Operations. He says he hopes both parties can work together to cut expenses and save taxpayers some money.

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DNR still has final decision
5:16 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime

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One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.

One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...

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Would need to be funded
4:02 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Legislature Considering More Arts Funding

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ArtStart Rhinelander was among the groups appearing before the Assembly Tourism committee this week supporting a bill providing arts grant funding as part of economic development.

AB 760 would provide grants up to $40,000, with an annual cap of $250,000 total per year.

Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander is a member of the Tourism committee..

 

"....we heard a lot of testimony from group like ArtStart in Rhinelander, for instance...."

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Two Hearings Left
4:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Rural Schools Task Force Makes Progress

The Rural Schools Task Force looks at the challenges faced by rural school districts.
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The rural schools taskforce has just two public hearings left before it begins to compile its report.  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos put the task force together to help get a handle on the problems faced by rural school districts. 

Committee chair Representative Rob Swearingen says last week’s hearing in Antigo was productive.               

“The best part was that we actually had time this particular hearing to hear more from the public, taxpaying citizens.  So it went very very well – I was pleased at the end of the day.” 

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Issues with rural schools
4:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Task Force Coming To Antigo, Elcho This Wednesday

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The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools is holding its fourth public hearing Wednesday afternoon(Jan. 8) at the Antigo high school.

Task Force Chair, Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, says they wanted to start with a meeting in Rhinelander. He says after going to other parts of the state, they come back to this region...

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15 to 30 years
4:39 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Extending Boulder Shooting Range Lease

Example of a shooting range
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One of the bills signed by Governor Walker last week allows the Boulder Junction Shooting Range to extend it's use of state land to 30 years from the current 15.

State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Swearingen authored the bills in each chamber in Madison to make the change.

Swearingen says he and Tiffany were approached by the club to help them out of a possible problem...

 

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Elcho, Antigo possible
3:53 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible

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The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.

Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...

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State school mandate questioned
4:49 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

More Phy. Ed. Means Less Foreign Language?

Task Force in Rhinelander
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The state is hoping to mandate more physical education in schools. Area school leaders last week said it's a worthy goal, but it places cash-strapped districts into a bind.

The Speakers Task Force On Rural Schools met in Rhinelander last week.

Task Force member, Representative Stephen Nass asked Rhinelander School Superintendent Kelli Jacobi about unfunded mandates. She mentioned the possible new phy ed requirement...

 

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