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On February 21, 2012 the Wisconsin Assembly passed SB 202, which repeals punitive and compensatory damages under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The Senate has already passed SB 202, so it is now headed to Gov. Walker for his signature.
By repealing punitive and compensatory damages and removing an incentive for plaintiff attorneys to sue so-called deep pockets, Wisconsin businesses will face fewer meritless lawsuits.
This has been a busy week with regard to the proposed mining legislation, Assembly Bill 426/Senate Bill 488. The bills would create new statutes to govern ferrous (iron) mining, which is currently regulated in the same manner as non-ferrous (non-iron minerals like gold or copper) mining under Wisconsin law.
Early this morning, the Senate approved legislation that would ease restrictions on development in or near state wetlands. Senate Bill 368, sponsored by Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), makes significant changes to Wisconsin’s wetlands permitting process.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is accepting public comments on its outline of initiatives designed to keep the state’s long term care programs sustainable. DHS developed the proposals after months of studying public long term care programs including Family Care, Include Respect I Self-Direct (IRIS) and PACE and Partnership.
On February 21st, voters in 6 circuit court districts will head to the polls to cast their ballots in the Spring Primary. This is not to be confused with the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary, which will be held on April 3rd. The two top vote-getters in each Spring Primary race will square off in the Spring Election.