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Lawmakers introduce Homeowners' Bill of Rights
Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville), and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) have introduced several bills that are part of a package they say will help guarantee the rights of private property owners in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 28, 2017

GOP poised for major tax reform push
The GOP's bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has crashed and burned about as badly as the imploding Obamacare insurance market, but Republicans seem much more optimistic about the coming effort this fall to reform the U.S tax code. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 11, 2017

Bill limiting length of feeding ban signed into law
Feeding and baiting of deer has been a hot topic in the Northwoods for some time. In 2015, a deer in a Three Lakes deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) or Bovine Tuberculosis (BT), and as per the state's law at the time, a feeding and baiting ban was enacted in any county within a 10-mile radius of the CWD positive test. This meant Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties were under a feeding and baiting ban that would last indefinitely. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bill looking to remove wolf protection moves forward
In a press release Friday, Senator Ron Johnson applauded Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), for his introduction of bipartisan legislation containing language similar to a bill Johnson introduced requiring the removal of the gray wolf from the endangered species list in four states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lawmakers launch DOT reform effort
Republican lawmakers unleashed an effort late last week to reform the way the state Department of Transportation does business, circulating a package of bills they say would fundamentally alter the way the DOT delivers, finances, and administers state highway projects. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Ghost legislation' has craft brewers and others stirred up
A piece of legislation rumored to be inserted by the state legislature's finance committee into the state's 2017-19 budget has those in the local Wisconsin craft brewery, winery and distilling business somewhat concerned. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Liberals, states push back on Trump commission's request for voter data
President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud is getting primed for its first meeting in July, and in a move it called part of its organizational preparation, it requested from the 50 states all publicly available voter roll data. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 7, 2017

Adamczyk wants BCPL land-bank authority repealed
State treasurer Matt Adamczyk, one of three commissioners of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), said last week he is opposed to a state law that requires the BCPL to purchase new land if the agency sells land it currently holds, and will seek support to have it repealed. (subscriber access)
Monday, July 3, 2017

Supreme Court: Appleton school district violated open-meetings law
In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Appleton school district violated the state's open-meetings law when a school committee held closed sessions to review ninth-grade reading curriculum. (subscriber access)
Monday, July 3, 2017

Assembly passes bill to clamp down on campus hecklers
Free speech on college campuses is a hot-button issue in Wisconsin and across the country these days, and this summer the debate is reaching a fever pitch as Republicans in the state Assembly passed a bill to sanction those who disrupt speech on campus, while the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee thought the matter important enough nationally to convene a hearing last week. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 30, 2017

Anthem will leave most of Wisconsin health insurance market
Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced this week it would leave the individual Obamacare marketplace in most of Wisconsin next year, citing the volatility of the state's insurance market and uncertainty about the regulatory future in Washington. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court will hear Wisconsin redistricting case
In a case that will almost certainly shape the future of political redistricting nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court this week accepted Wisconsin's request to review last year's appeals court decision striking down the state's Assembly district maps as products of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 23, 2017

Debate heated at hearing on constitutional carry
The state Senate judiciary committee held a hearing last week on a bill to allow permit-less concealed carry in Wisconsin, and the discussion was often intense on both sides. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

GOP pushes benefit reforms, penalties for truancy
The state Assembly approved this week a package of five bills they say will reform state benefits' programs, including a work requirement for certain housing subsidies and a measure that seeks to chip away at the so-called benefits cliff - that point where the loss of benefits by going to work takes away more than the job brings in.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Court set to hear petition to set recusal rules
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled this month to take up a petition filed by 54 retired judges to establish threshold levels for recusal from cases for those judges who have received campaign contributions from a plaintiff or defendant in the case. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Public notice language removed from budget
The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee has removed from the state budget it is considering a controversial item eliminating the obligation of state and local governments to publish various public notices in newspapers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Assembly approves nine bills to fight drug abuse, addiction
The state Assembly passed this week a package of nine bills to combat drug abuse and addiction, but Democrats tried and failed to pass multiple amendments to the legislation, including one to accept federal funding of Medicaid expansion. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 7, 2017

Local lawmaker offers right-to-carry bill
State Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Sen. David Craig (R-Vernon) - along with at least 39 co-sponsors - have introduced the Right to Carry Act, which they say would simplify Wisconsin law and expand the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a license. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 7, 2017

Kapenga introduces bill to deregulate barbers, cosmetologists
State Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, and State-Federal Relations, gave legislative momentum last week to a movement to reduce what many see as burdensome licensing requirements in Wisconsin, circulating two bills aimed at deregulating barbers and cosmetologists. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Walker places budget faith in future growth
Gov. Scott Walker is using an old but risky budget strategy to pay for state spending over the next two years, counting on an existing surplus and future economic growth spurred by his policies, a new report indicated this week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's back to the drawing board on redistricting
A special three-judge federal redistricting panel has ordered the governor and the Legislature to redraw the state's legislative districts, in time for them to be jurisdictionally valid for the 2018 elections. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 3, 2017

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