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The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board met January 24th and 25th in Madison. Important topics addressed by the Board included approval of an economic impact solicitation process, a reduction of the bear harvest quota for 2012, and discussions of EPA-identified deficiencies in the state’s water program and frac sand mining.
Republican Governor Scott Walker delivered his second State of the State Address before a joint session of the legislature and crowded viewing gallery. Governor Walker stayed on message as he has this past year, touting the difficult decisions that were made to balance a $3.6 billion deficit while avoiding major tax increases and mass government employee layoffs.
This evening at 7PM Governor Scott Walker will deliver his highly anticipated State of the State Address. Early released excerpts of the speech indicate that the theme for the evening is: “We are turning things around. We are heading in the right direction.”
The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Small Business will meet in executive session at 10:00AM on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 to consider amendments to, and have a committee vote on Assembly Bill 426, the mining bill. Hamilton Consulting has written a plain English summary of the proposed amendments.
One of several bills targeted at reducing uncertainty and increasing flexibility in Wisconsin’s regulatory system is Assembly Bill 463/Senate Bill 368, known as “the wetlands bill.” The bill, sponsored by Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) and Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), makes significant changes to Wisconsin’s wetlands permitting process.