Hamilton Political Tidbits – May 3, 2019

Political Tidbits - May 3, 2019
Hamilton Consulting Group
 May 3, 2019
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Gov. Evers signed his first four bills as governor this week. Meanwhile, the Joint Finance Committee has kicked off their budget process by releasing a list of items they plan to remove right off the bat at their first meeting next week. In this edition of Political Tidbits:
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JFC to Begin Budget Votes Next Week

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will meet for its first executive session of the 2019-21 state budget process on May 9. JFC will begin by removing a list of items from Gov. Tony Evers's proposed budget, then taking up 15 relatively non-controversial agency sections.
Gov. Evers Requests Budget Corrections

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced this week they plan to immediately remove 131 items from Gov. Tony Evers's budget. Also this week, the Department of Administration sent a letter to the JFC co-chairs and a letter to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau detailing several corrections the governor requests to make in his proposed budget. The list includes several provisions that JFC already plans to remove altogether.
Continue reading about the corrections.

Assembly Republicans Announce Environmental and Energy Proposals

Assembly Republicans recently announced a package of several environmental and energy proposals, including state support for electric vehicle charging stations and renewable energy rebates.
Continue reading for details on the proposals.
Tip McGuire to Replace Barca in AD 64

Democrat Tip McGuire won the special election on April 30 to replace former Rep. Peter Barca in Assembly District 64. Gov. Tony Evers appointed Barca Department of Revenue secretary earlier this year.
EPA Releases Draft Interim PFAS Recommendations

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released draft preliminary guidelines for PFOA and PFOS. The interim recommendations follow EPA's PFAS Action Plan announced earlier this year. At the state level, Wisconsin currently has not set a statutory maximum contaminant level.

Supreme Court Restores Extraordinary Session Appointments

In the latest development in extraordinary session case League of Women Voters v. Evers, a 4-3 Wisconsin Supreme Court restored the 82 appointments that Gov. Tony Evers had rescinded. A Dane County Circuit Court judge had issued a temporary injunction on the appointments approved in the 2018 extraordinary session, allowing Evers to rescind the appointees, who included Public Service Commissioner Ellen Nowak. After a court of appeals issued a stay of the temporary injunction, there was disagreement between Evers and the legislature as to whether the appointees should be reinstated. 

Legislature to Intervene in Act 21 Cases

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Legislative Organization has voted to intervene in two cases addressing the application of 2011 Act 21. The 2011 legislation clarified that agencies may not enforce requirements unless explicitly permitted by statute or properly promulgated rule. The two cases, both titled Clean Wisconsin, Inc. v. DNR, would clarify the general scope of Act 21 in environmental cases.

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