Bills of Note: Direct Primary Care

The Assembly Committee on Small Business Development held a public hearing on Sept. 4 on a bill that would establish parameters for the practice of direct primary care (DPC) in Wisconsin. The bill (SB 28/AB 26), authored by Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin), is largely the same as the version […]

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PSCW Releases Summary Memo on Investigation of Electric Vehicles

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has released a summary memorandum of initial comments in its docket to investigate electric vehicle (EV) policy and regulation. Comments were submitted by 24 parties, six utilities, and 12 members of the public in response to 28 questions categorized under the eight investigation topics initially laid out by PSCW. […]

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Gov. Evers Announces New WEDC CEO

On Sept. 5, Gov. Tony Evers announced his appointment of Missy Hughes as secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Hughes replaces former WEDC CEO Mark Hogan, who left the agency at the beginning of the month. As part of the 2018 extraordinary session legislation, 2017 Act 369 gave the governor the […]

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EPA Finalizes WOTUS Revisions

On Sept. 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final rule repealing the 2015 definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The revised rule is intended to increase predictability and stability in water pollution enforcement. Since the Clean Water Act was originally enacted, there has been ambiguity […]

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Water Quality Task Force Meets in Northern Wis. to Discuss PFAS

After meeting in 15 locations around the state, the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality has likely wrapped up its public hearings. Below is an update on the last four meetings in northern Wisconsin, where the task force discussed several topics, including PFAS.   Green Bay On Aug. 28, the task force met in Green […]

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PFAS Update: Evers EO, DNR Scope Statements, Hearing on Fire Fighting Foam Bill

Regulation of PFAS compounds is quickly moving forward in Wisconsin at both the legislative and administrative rule levels. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals that are found in many everyday products, including nonstick pans, cleaning products, paints, and firefighting foam. PFAS are present in the bloodstream of 98 percent of Americans. Competing studies […]

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Latest MU Poll Evaluates Wis. Politicians, Shows Dem Candidates Head-to-Head with Trump

Marquette University (MU) Law School recently released its third poll of 2019. Along with its standard questions evaluating voter opinions on Wisconsin politicians, the poll looks ahead to the Democratic primary for president, posing head-to-head matchup questions between potential candidates and President Donald Trump for the first time. The Sept. 4 poll surveyed 800 Wisconsin […]

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Candidates for Duffy & Sensenbrenner Congressional Seats Take Shape

Two U.S. Congressional seats have recently opened up in Wisconsin that could change the Wisconsin political landscape at both the federal and state level in the next few years. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) announced he is resigning from the 7th Congressional District on Sept. 23. U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) announced he will […]

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Bills of Note: Dental Therapists

The Senate Committee on Health & Human Services this week held a public hearing on a bill that would create a new license in Wisconsin for dental therapists, an intermediate level of dentistry practice between hygienists and dentists. The bipartisan bill has received wide support from a coalition of 62 stakeholder groups but is opposed by […]

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Q&A With Assembly Speaker & NCSL President Robin Vos

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) was recently named president of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL is a bipartisan organization serving state legislators and staff from around the country by providing research, resources, and advocacy on behalf of states. Speaker Vos is the first legislator from Wisconsin to serve as head of […]

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