Hamilton Political Tidbits – May 27, 2022

Political Tidbits - May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.
Wisconsin Republican Convention: Party Won’t Endorse in Statewide Primaries
The Republican Party of Wisconsin held its annual convention last weekend (May 20-22) in Middleton. Elected officials, party leaders, and activists gathered to hear speeches, meet candidates, and vote on a slate of potential endorsements in contested primary elections.

Judge Rules Legislative Oversight of DOJ Settlements is Unconstitutional
A relatively new law, requiring the Wisconsin Department of Justice to seek legislative approval to settle or discontinue a civil action, is facing a legal challenge brought by Attorney General Josh Kaul. The 2017 Wisconsin Act 369 granted the review power to the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance.

U.S. to Extend COVID Public Health Emergency Declaration
The federal government’s ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency is expected to be extended again. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has promised to provide states at least 60 days of notice prior to terminating the . Given that no such notice was provided to states by mid-May, the PHE appears certain to be renewed again, putting its next potential expiration date in mid-October.

Ethics Commission Updates Eye on Lobbying Website
The Wisconsin Ethics Commission recently completed an overhaul of its Eye on Lobbying website, a repository of information about lobbying activities in Wisconsin. Licensed lobbyists and registered lobbying interests must use the website to report information about their expenditures and other efforts to influence state legislation and administrative rulemaking.

Issue Updates: Election 2022 and PFAS
Remember to bookmark Hamilton Consulting Group's pages covering the 2022 elections, including which state legislators are planning to retire or seek other offices, as well as PFAS in Wisconsin, including rules and legislation.

ICYMI: Redistricting Decision Reversed; Session Ends With 267 New Laws, 126 Vetoes
In the April 19 edition of Hamilton Political Tidbits, we covered key stories from Wisconsin politics including the Wisconsin Supreme Court's reversal of its original redistricting decision and the conclusion of the 2021-22 legislative session.

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