RACINE - After protesters picketed at Sen. Van Wanggaard's house in recent weeks, he is now looking into a bill to prohibit picketing at private residences.
"When they come to my house it's intimidating and threatening," said Wanggaard, R-Racine.
There are some local ordinances against certain picketing at private residences, he said. He would like to see it included in state statutes and is in the initial stages of drafting a proposal.
That is one of the items Wanggaard brought up when he met with The Journal Times editorial board Monday in Racine.
When people went to his house picketing he wasn't even there, he said.
He doesn't have a problem with them going to his office, he said, but when people picket in neighborhoods that is a different story.
People picketed at his house before his vote in support of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, but Wanggaard said if he hadn't voted for it, it would have affected jobs.
People would have gotten layoff notices, he said.
"These are dollars that translate into jobs," he said.
But regardless he said he would not have voted for it if the Legislature had not amended the bill to require local governments to establish workplace safety provisions and a termination grievance procedure. He spoke with the governor and Republican leadership to make sure it was included in the budget repair bill, he said.
Now with the vote behind him, he said he is moving forward focusing on jobs and creating a more business-friendly environment, specifically in Racine.
He wants to continue to look at changing regulatory items and unfunded mandates that have been put on businesses, schools and municipalities.
"A lot of times the state means well," Wanggaard said. "It might be good in Hudson, but it doesn't really fit what is going on down here in Racine."
Some of the changes to regulatory items and unfunded mandates are included in the budget, he said.