Bill Would Prohibit Employment Discrimination Based on Credit Report

On Thursday, August 27 (10:00 a.m. – 415 NW, State Capitol) the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 367. Below is information about the bill: Current law prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, color disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, […]

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Assembly Committee Hears Bill Taking Away Governor’s Ability to Appoint DNR Secretary

  The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources today held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 138, sponsored by Rep. Spencer Black (D-Madison), which would remove the governor’s authority to appoint the Department of Natural Resources secretary. Under current law, the DNR secretary is nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate. Assembly Bill 138 […]

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EPA Grants California’s GHG Waiver Request

The Environmental Protection Agency this week granted a waiver of Clean Air Act preemption to California for its greenhouse gas emission standards for motor vehicles. The action taken by the EPA is in response to California’s petition to set strict automobile emission and fuel efficiency standards. Under Section 209 the Clean Air Act, California has special authority […]

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Governor Signs Budget Bill Into Law – Vetoes Certain Provisions

Governor Jim Doyle (D) this morning signed into law Assembly Bill75, the 2009-11 omnibus budget bill. Here is the Governor’s veto message.

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Congress Set to Pass Global Warming Legislation

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the major climate change bill is heading to a vote this Friday in Congress. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R.2454), or known as Waxman-Markey after the authors of the bill, will cap greenhouse gas emissions at 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020, […]

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EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

According to the Wall Street Journal, the EPA is set to rule that carbon dioxide represents a danger to the public and issue regulations curbing the emissions: Carol Browner, special adviser to the president on climate change and energy, said in an interview Sunday that the EPA is looking at a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that requires the […]

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Budget Adjustment Bill Being Debated – Budget Bill to be Introduced by Governor

  The Joint Committee on Finance is currently discussing Governor Jim Doyle’s “stimulus” or pre-budget bill (Senate Bill 62).  The Joint Finance Committee is likely going to pass the bill today (Tuesday).  Both the Assembly and the Senate are expected to take up the bill on Wednesday and send it to the Governor for his […]

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Regional Cap-and-Trade Program Challenged in Court

  A New York-based energy company, Indeck Corinth, has sued the Governor of New York and the state’s Environmental Protection Agency over their decision to enter into a regional cap-and-trade program with nine other Northeastern states without obtaining the Legislature’s approval. The states that have entered into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are required to cap greenhouse […]

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Company Proposes $10 Billion Transmission Line for Wind Power

  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an in-depth article today discussing a proposed $10 billion transmission line that would bring wind power to Wisconsin.  According to the article: At 765,000 volts, the lines would carry two to six times as much power as the largest power lines operating in Wisconsin today. Wisconsin’s highest-voltage lines are […]

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EPA Reverses Course – Withdraws Appeal of Case Invalidating the Clean Air Mercury Rule

Last week, the EPA filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court withdrawing its appeal of an appellate court decision, New Jersey v. EPA, striking down the Bush administration’s Clean Air Mercury Rule.  Background and information on the case and EPA’s decision to withdraw its request can be found here and here.

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