State Agencies Submit 2023-25 Budget Requests

On September 15, Wisconsin state government agencies submitted requests for the next state budget to Gov. Tony Evers (D) and the Department of Administration (DOA). The state budgets on a two-year (biennial) basis, with fiscal years beginning July 1 and ending June 30. The 2023-2025 state budget will cover a two-year period from July 1, […]

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Federal Officials Approve Wisconsin EV Infrastructure Plan

Federal officials have approved Wisconsin’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plan, which outlines how the state will spend millions in federal funds. The Federal Highway Administration notified the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) on September 14 that the state’s plan was approved. At the time, Wisconsin and 33 other states had their plans approved. WisDOT submitted […]

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PFAS Update: State Rules Move Forward; New EPA Health Advisories; Judge Stays Ruling

Legislature Will Allow PFAS Rules to Take Effect This Year Rules regulating certain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking and surface water, developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), could go into effect as soon as next month, with large public water systems required to begin testing for the compounds as early […]

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: February 15

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met on February 15 for floor sessions to vote on bills and resolutions. Below, we review a few notable items. Senate Floor Calendar, February 15 The Senate passed 39 bills and six resolutions, including: Senate Bill (SB) 365, which makes changes to the broadband expansion grant program administered by […]

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Gov. Evers Signs 21 Bills, Including Telehealth Definitions; Vetoes Four More

On February 4, Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced his actions on 18 bills recently presented to him by the Legislature. The governor signed 14 bills into law and vetoed four others. Notably, Gov. Evers signed Senate Bill (SB) 309 and SB 488. SB 309, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 121, incorporates the definitions of “telehealth” and […]

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PFAS Update: DNR Will Ask NRB to Approve Three PFAS Rules in February

In December and January, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting public hearing and comment periods for three rules regulating the allowable levels of certain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and other compounds in surface water (NR 105), groundwater (NR 140), and drinking water (NR 809). DNR plans to present its final proposed […]

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President Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill Including Billions for Wisconsin

On November 15, President Joe Biden (D) signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in early November by a vote of 228-206, with most Democratic members supporting the bill and most Republican members opposed. The Senate had passed the bill in August on a 69-30 […]

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Legislative Update: Floor Votes and Executive Actions from November and October

November While redistricting has been the most contested legislative issue over the last few months (click here for our most recent coverage), the Wisconsin Legislature and governor have also been working on other priorities. The Senate and Assembly each met once during November to vote on redistricting proposals and other matters. Notably, both houses in […]

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Environmental Policy: State Developing Equity Tool; UW Hosts Climate Forum

Evers Administration Developing Environmental and Health Equity Map On October 7, Governor Tony Evers (D) announced that his administration is “developing a comprehensive environmental and public health mapping system known as the Wisconsin Environmental Equity Tool [WEET] which will analyze and visualize data online so users can pinpoint Wisconsin’s most impacted communities, identify the environmental […]

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Legislative Update: Senate Holds Floor Vote; Assembly to Meet Twice Next Week; Committees Consider Apprenticeship, EV Proposals

The Wisconsin Senate convened on October 20 to vote on a variety of measures, including several bills related to restrictions on and information requirements about abortion procedures. The Senate also passed relatively routine bills on issues such as ATV/UTV speed limits and technical changes to the statutes governing the Department of Tourism. A full listing […]

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