Hamilton Political Tidbits – February 26, 2024

Political Tidbits - February 26, 2024

February 26, 2024

Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

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Gov. Evers Signs New Legislative Maps Into Law

On February 19, Gov. Evers signed into law his own redistricting proposal after the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature adopted it. Late last year, the liberal majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the previous state legislative maps were unconstitutional. Under the governor’s maps, more than 40 incumbent legislators, mostly Republicans, are paired with one another, meaning they now find themselves residing within the same legislative district.

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Assembly Floor Session: February 22, 2024 (PFAS, EV Infrastructure, Health Policy)

The Assembly passed 89 bills addressing a wide variety of subjects including several aspects of health policy. Notably, the Assembly concurred in two bills to encourage the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Wisconsin. Also, the Assembly concurred in legislation to implement $125 million in PFAS remediation funding set aside in the 2023-25 state budget. Gov. Evers has stated that he will veto the bill over concerns from environmental groups.

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Assembly Floor Session: February 20, 2024 (Education, Natural Resources, Economic Development)

The Assembly passed 68 bills. The bills on the calendar dealt with a variety of subjects including education policy, environmental and natural resources policy, and economic and workforce development.

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Senate Floor Session: February 20, 2024 (Health, Education, Transportation, Executive Appointments)

The Senate confirmed eight appointments to various state boards and commissions, mostly related to oversight of higher education. Senate Republicans, with a handful of dissenters, voted to reject four appointments, one to the Natural Resources Board (Todd Ambs) and three to the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board (Barbara Lawton, Candice Owley, and Sondy Pope). The Senate also passed 64 bills and six resolutions.

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Assembly Floor Session: February 15, 2024 (ROFR, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement)

Notable items that cleared the Assembly included AB 470 (“right of first refusal” for utility transmission projects), a package of bills to increase the privacy and security of state judges (ABs 965, 966, 967), SB 462 (certification process and grant program for crisis urgent care facilities), SB 573 (increasing the law enforcement officer training reimbursement rate), and SB 789 (allowing law enforcement agencies to charge a fee for redacting video and audio content in public records requests).

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: February 13, 2024 (Redistricting, Taxes, Economic and Workforce Development)

Most notably, both houses voted to amend and pass SB 488, related to legislative redistricting. The updated bill consisted of new Senate and Assembly maps drafted by Gov. Evers for consideration by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Gov. Evers subsequently signed the bill into law, establishing new state legislative districts that will be in place for the 2024 election. 

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ICYMI: Key Issues as 2023-24 Session Nears Conclusion: Budget Surplus, Redistricting, Abortion

As we approach the end of the 2023-24 legislative session in Wisconsin, several key political and policy issues are dominating conversations among the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

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News Clips


Legislature approves $740M for UW system, including a new engineering building

Wisconsin State Journal, February 23, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers’ request for new congressional maps draws GOP criticism

Wisconsin State Journal, February 23, 2024

Businessman Eric Hovde enters U.S. Senate race against Tammy Baldwin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 20, 2024

Wisconsin GOP senators fire more Evers appointees from state boards

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 20, 2024

Senate sends $2.1 billion in tax cuts aimed at low and middle earners to Gov. Tony Evers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 20, 2024

Paired incumbents weigh political futures under Gov. Tony Evers’ maps

Wisconsin State Journal, February 20, 2024

Wisconsin’s Democratic governor signs his new legislative maps into law after Republicans pass them

Associated Press, February 20, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers signs his legislative maps into law, giving Dems boost in Legislature

Wisconsin State Journal, February 20, 2024

Effort to allow for early processing of Wisconsin absentee ballots stalls out

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 19, 2024

Robin Vos says ‘professional grifters’ from outside Wisconsin are running recall effort

Wisconsin State Journal, February 15, 2024

Banning state diversity efforts could be on the ballot in Wisconsin

The Capital Times, February 15, 2024

Republican Scott Mayer walks back claims about hiring staff for Senate run

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 14, 2024

How Wisconsin is drawing political lines through people’s lives

The Capital Times, February 14, 2024

How big policy wins put Cavalier Johnson and David Crowley in the political driver’s seat

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 14, 2024

Vacant Milwaukee Senate seat will have a primary as Rep. Drake announces campaign

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 13, 2024

Green Bay Congressman Mike Gallagher will not seek reelection

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 10, 2024

Green Party candidate will appear on Wisconsin’s presidential ballot

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 9, 2024

Utilities & Energy

Wisconsin Assembly backs buildout of statewide electric vehicle charging network

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 23, 2024

Utilities weigh power demand from AI amid clean energy transition

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 22, 2024

Power line legislation favoring in-state companies passes Assembly

Wisconsin Examiner, February 15, 2024

Bill limiting competition for transmission lines passes state Assembly

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 15, 2024

Milwaukee, We Energies propose solar projects to help city reach 25% renewable goal

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 15, 2024

Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power

Stateline, February 12, 2024


PFAS bill goes to skeptical Gov. Evers, who says it's pro-polluter

The Capital Times, February 22, 2024

Evers signals he won't sign bill to fight PFAS as legislative session nears end

Channel 3000, February 21, 2024

Will Milwaukee County ever be able to afford parks system?

Urban Milwaukee, February 19, 2024

Senate committee advances 3 NRB appointees after rejecting 4 previous Evers picks

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 19, 2024

GOP bill would let standards move forward for PFAS in groundwater

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 19, 2024

Great Lakes ice cover reaches record low for mid-February

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 16, 2024


Planned Parenthood files suit alleging Wisconsin Constitution guarantees abortion rights

Wisconsin State Journal, February 23, 2024

AG Kaul intervenes in Clean Air Act litigation to defend federal rules

Wisconsin Department of Justice, February 21, 2024

Republican DA asks WI Supreme Court to decide abortion suit without lower court ruling

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 20, 2024

Milwaukee County will sue insulin companies for price-fixing

Urban Milwaukee, February 20, 2024

Evers signs new maps into law, effectively ending Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 19, 2024

Wisconsin Legislature adopts Gov. Tony Evers' maps in bid to end legal challenge

Wisconsin State Journal, February 14, 2024

Nearly 40 people in Wisconsin charged with defrauding COVID funds

Urban Milwaukee, February 11, 2024

Employer & Consumer

Wisconsin’s biohealth tech hub garners $7.5 million supporting grant

Milwaukee Business News, February 22, 2024

How healthy is the Wisconsin economy?

Urban Milwaukee, February 21, 2024

Wisconsin's legislative session is wrapping up. What have lawmakers done on child care?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 19, 2024

Some want Wisconsin to use AI, but state workers fear replacement

The Capital Times, February 18, 2024

Wisconsin lost 10% of farms, 30% of dairies in 5 years, U.S. agriculture census shows

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 15, 2024

Bill to eliminate Wisconsin work permit requirements for young teens heading to governor

Wisconsin State Journal, February 14, 2024

Democrats renew push for paid family leave in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 14, 2024


Move to tighten law on sexual assaults by doctors hits snag in the Senate

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 23, 2024

Legislature taking up bills to help western Wisconsin communities facing loss of hospitals

Wisconsin Examiner, February 20, 2024

Wisconsin weighs anti-obesity drug coverage for state workers

Wisconsin State Journal, February 18, 2024

Health care providers complain about fee schedule in worker's comp bill

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 15, 2024

Op-ed: Repeat history - Create health care public service commission

Greater Milwaukee Today, February 14, 2024

Governments can erase your medical debt for pennies on the dollar — and some are

Stateline, February 13, 2024


Dane County school districts continue to struggle with absenteeism after COVID

Wisconsin State Journal, February 22, 2024

Department of Public Instruction asks lawmakers to approve new reading curriculum

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 21, 2024

Wisconsin's top high schoolers now guaranteed UW system admission

The Capital Times, February 20, 2024

Bills advance to ease licensing requirements for some Wisconsin educators

Wisconsin Public Radio, February 20, 2024

State universities admit more out-of-state students for the tuition bump

Stateline, February 15, 2024

Judge rules for plaintiffs in school choice suit

Greater Milwaukee Today, February 10, 2024

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