Payday Loan Resolution, LLC v. DFI (Agency Police Power Over Out-of-State Business)

In Payday Loan Resolution, LLC v. DFI (2018AP821), the Court of Appeals District IV held that Florida debt settlement business Payday Loan Resolution is subject to Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) licensing requirements and enforcement. DFI received two consumer complaints against Payday from Wisconsin residents. DFI then proceeded with enforcement actions against Payday, stating […]

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Hull v. Glewwe (Claim Preclusion)

In Hull v. Glewwe (2017AP2485), the Court of Appeals District III held that claim preclusion does not bar a plaintiff from pursuing a new negligence lawsuit when the plaintiff’s insurer has already defended the plaintiff in a previous lawsuit arising out of the same accident, wherein the plaintiff was not a named defendant. Plaintiff Hull […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts New Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently accepted several new cases. The final oral arguments of the 2018-19 term were held on May 15, so new cases will be heard in the fall. Cases of note include: Town of Wilson v. City of Sheboygan (2018AP2162). The Supreme Court will review Kohler Co.’s petition to annex land from […]

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LFB Releases Updated Revenue Projections

As the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) continued budget votes this week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released updated revenue numbers projecting the state will collect $753 million more in general fund taxes than previously estimated. Overall, the new projections give the state $2.9 billion more to spend in the 2019-21 budget than in 2017-19. According […]

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May 16 – JFC Votes on Property Taxes, Military Affairs, Workforce Development, Other Agencies

Under, Shared Revenue and Tax Relief — Property Taxation, Democrats moved to pass several of the governor’s recommendations to expand levy limits, including: Repealing levy limit adjustments for covered services. Current law requires that municipalities receiving new revenues from fees for services previously funded by taxes reduce their levies by the new fee revenues. Creating […]

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May 14 – JFC Approves Governor’s Clean Water Proposals, Rejects Lead Pipe Replacement Funding

Under the Environmental Improvement Fund, JFC approved several of the governor’s clean water proposals. JFC approved an additional $13.5 million in bonding for the clean water fund, an increase of $3.55 million in bonding for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), and increased the maximum loan term for SDWLP loans from 20 to 30 […]

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May 9 – JFC Removes Key Provisions of Evers Budget

In their May 9 executive session, the Joint Finance Committee began by removing 131 major policy and fiscal provisions Gov. Tony Evers had proposed, including the removal of the governor’s plan for Medicaid expansion. (Read more about notable provisions removed.) JFC approved removing the items on an 11-4 party line vote. The committee also rejected […]

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Joint Finance Committee Begins Budget Votes

The Joint Finance Committee has begun taking votes on the 2019-21 state budget. Departing from previous sessions’ procedures, JFC is working from the previous base budget instead of the governor’s proposal. If no motions are offered on a particular area, then that item remains at the base funding level. So far, JFC has voted to […]

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Water Quality Task Force Meets in Lancaster

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met for its first public hearing on May 8 in Lancaster. The task force heard from several research and farm groups before taking public testimony. The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study (SWIGG) started off the meeting with a discussion of their preliminary results released earlier this year. […]

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Floor Report: Legislature Approves Marsy’s Law, Other Bills Taken Up by Senate & Assembly

The Senate and Assembly both met for floor sessions on May 15. The relatively limited calendars included votes on crime victims’ rights, a water pollution trading program, record expungement, and a package of legislation on abortion. Both the Senate and Assembly approved Senate Joint Resolution 2, known as Marsy’s Law, which would elevate victims’ rights […]

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