Hamilton Political Tidbits – June 4, 2021

Political Tidbits - June 4, 2021
June 4, 2021
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.
Finance Committee Continues Building State Budget; Tax Cuts, Education Funding Are Highlights
The finance committee has since spent its time approving budget motions for various state agencies and programs. JFC is on pace to finish the budget and vote it out of committee by the end of June. Generally, once the committee has finished acting on the budget, it will take about a week for staff to draft the revised budget bill. Then, the budget faces a vote of the full Legislature. It is not yet clear if the bill will begin in the Senate or the Assembly.

Republican Lawmakers Seek to End Federal Unemployment Supplements; Governor Likely to Veto
A group of Republican state legislators are working on legislation to end Wisconsin’s participation in several federal programs that provide new or additional unemployment benefits, including the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The FPUC program provides recipients of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits with an additional $300 per week on top of the regular state benefits they are eligible for. The supplemental benefit was created in 2020 as part of the first major federal COVID-19 response package (CARES Act).

PFAS Update: Natural Resources Board Approves Hearing, Comment Period for PFAS Drinking Water Rule
At its May 26 meeting, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) authorized the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to hold a preliminary public hearing and comment period on the agency’s scope statement for board order DG-31-20. The scope statement is an early version of the agency’s proposal to amend chapter NR 809 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, which regulates drinking water, to add enforcement standards for several per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and pesticides.

Vaccine Update: More Than 42 Percent Fully Vaccinated; Positive Case Rate Declining
As of June 2, Wisconsin had administered almost 5.18 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 2.45 million Wisconsin residents or 42.1 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated. About 83.3 percent of Wisconsinites aged 65 and older have received at least one dose.

Seventh Circuit Reverses Lead Paint Verdict, Limits the Scope of “Risk-Contribution Theory”
From 2005 to 2011, Wisconsin had a six-year window where plaintiffs could sue manufacturers of white lead carbonate (a pigment formerly used in some paints) under a tort theory known as “risk-contribution.” Under this theory, plaintiffs can seek damages from a company that produced white lead carbonate used in paint even if the plaintiff cannot demonstrate that the company produced the pigment that caused an alleged injury.

News Clips
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 3, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 3, 2021
Wisconsin Public Radio, June 3, 2021
WKOW, June 3, 2021
Wisconsin Public Radio, June 2, 2021
Wisconsin Public Radio, June 2, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 2, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, June 2, 2021
Roll Call, May 28, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, May 29, 2021
Milwaukee Business News, May 28, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, May 28, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 27, 2021
The Journal Times, May 27, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 26, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, May 26, 2021
Wisconsin Public Radio, May 25, 2021
La Crosse Tribune, May 25, 2021
Wisconsin State Journal, May 25, 2021
U.S. News, May 24, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 24, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 24, 2021
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