Wisconsin News Briefs

Republicans Advance 6-week Texas-Style Abortion Ban

MADISON, WI – Legislative Republicans continued to prioritize advancing harmful abortion bans by holding a public hearing on SB 923 today. The Texas-inspired bill would ban abortions after 6 weeks, before most people even know they are pregnant, and includes a $10,000 bounty reward for people to sue anyone who provides abortion care. This bill comes after every Republican member of the Legislature refused to support a bill to repeal WI’s 172-year-old law that criminalizes abortion at every stage of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the woman.

We have a choice to support a different vision of Wisconsin’s future, which is also supported by the vast majority of Wisconsinites.

Wisconsin DMV Issues

Smishing Alert

Offers tips for Safer Internet Day, February 8

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has received numerous reports of fraudulent text messages sent to Wisconsin individuals purporting to be from DMV in order to scam them to reveal personal information, such as identifying information or credit card numbers. In the world of cybersecurity, this is referred to as “smishing” (SMS phishing). 

Clicking the link in these fraudulent text messages will direct the individual to a spoofed DMV website where they will be prompted to enter their identifying information or documents.

“Working with the Wisconsin DMV has never been easier, but customers always need to be vigilant online,” DMV Administrator Kristina Boardman said. “Don’t reply or call the number from unknown texts. And don’t be fooled by panicky wording in the message. To be sure, you can always start at wisconsindmv.gov, give us a call or drop us an email to confirm.”

Now that nearly all DMV transactions can be done completely online, start at wisconsindmv.GOV to ensure it’s the official state government site. For-profit companies with .com or .org may acquire personal information and add additional charges for services that are free at wisconsindmv.GOV.

ALBA and Parkside

Schools to make

The Transition to Virtual Learning, In-person learning will resume

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools has taken an active step to ensure the safety of its students and staff. Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA) and Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts will move to virtual learning starting Thursday, February 3, 2022. Students will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, the first day of school after the conclusion of MPS’ 10-day COVID-19 quarantine period.

The students, families, and staff of each school were first notified about the transition to virtual learning Wednesday, February 2, 2022. The decision to move to virtual learning was made to decrease the likelihood of spreading COVID-19, due to the school community reporting that three percent or more of the total school population has tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

School staff will report to their respective buildings and work independently from their individual classroom or office space. Students and families can expect additional outreach from their child’s teacher on instructions for virtual learning. Families should contact the school if they are in need of technology assistance.

The district will continue to encourage safe and healthy guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. MPS requires all students, staff, and visitors to wear face-coverings while encouraging everyone to cover sneezes and coughs, practice physical distancing, and wash hands thoroughly and often.