Hamilton Political Tidbits – November 20, 2023

Political Tidbits - November 20, 2023

November 20, 2023

Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Articles in this edition of Political Tidbits:

Other updates in this edition:

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Bits & Pieces:

  • Evers Sues Over Joint Committee Powers: On Halloween, Gov. Evers announced a lawsuit alleging that several joint committee oversight powers of the Wisconsin Legislature are unconstitutional “legislative vetoes” that violate the separation of powers, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case directly as an original action. The lawsuit lists actions by the Joint Committee on Employment Relations (withholding UW System pay raises budgeted for 2023-25), Joint Committee on Finance (objecting to several Stewardship Program projects), and Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (blocking DSPS rules on the commercial building code and ethics standards for several licensed professions). News coverage available here and here; initial responses to the court are due tomorrow.

  • SCOWIS to Hear Redistricting Arguments: Tomorrow, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the legality of Wisconsin’s state legislative maps. The petitioners, a group of Wisconsin voters, allege that “the existing legislative maps are an extreme partisan gerrymander that violates various parts of the Wisconsin Constitution.” The named respondents are the Wisconsin Elections Commission and its commissioners and administrator, and the 17 state senators elected in 2022 under the current maps. The petitioners ask the court to enjoin the current maps from being used in any future election, consider remedial maps proposed by parties, and order the senate districts elected in 2022 to stand for a special election in 2024. Our coverage is available here, court records here.

  • AI Task Force Updates: October 26, Gov. Evers announced that he had appointed 30 members to the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence, including government officials, academics, businesspeople, and government affairs representatives. Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence has so far held three meetings in Madison, Green Bay, and Eau Claire, each featuring testimony from invited speakers and a public comment period. More about the task forces here; related news coverage here.

  • Microsoft Promises More at Foxconn Site: It was recently announced that Microsoft has expanded its plans to build a data center in Mount Pleasant at the industrial site prepared for Foxconn. Subject to a final agreement with the village and county, Microsoft will own a total of 1,345 acres of land and guarantee a minimum of $1.4 billion in new taxable land and development value by the beginning of 2028. News coverage is available here, here, and here.

Gov. Evers Signs Six Bills, Totaling 39 This Session

Since his last bill-signing announcement in early August, Gov. Evers has signed six more bills into law, bringing the total number of new laws enacted so far this session to 39. Several other bills have passed both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature are ready to be presented to Gov. Evers for his review. Per the session calendar, those bills will be automatically forwarded to the governor on November 30 if leadership does not present them sooner than that.

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: November 14 (Brewers Stadium, Alcohol, Special Session Bill, PFAS)

The Senate passed 26 bills, adopted three resolutions, and confirmed 18 gubernatorial appointees, including several high-profile pieces of legislation. In total, the Assembly passed 34 bills and four resolutions.

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Assembly Floor Session: November 9 (Election Policy)

The Wisconsin Assembly voted to pass 21 bills and four resolutions. The theme of the day was election policy, with most of the bills and resolutions on the calendar dealing with elections in some way. Three resolutions containing proposed constitutional amendments were passed along party lines with Republican support.

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: November 7 (Education, Natural Resources, Death Reporting)

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met November 7 to vote on bills, resolutions, and executive appointments. The Senate passed 16 bills and five resolutions and confirmed 26 gubernatorial appointments. The Assembly passed 19 bills and one resolution. The Assembly’s calendar primarily consisted of bills addressing higher education (the University of Wisconsin and state technical college systems) as well as various issues related to natural resource management and outdoor recreation.

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News Clips


The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ugly politics, explained

The Capital Times, November 15, 2023

Wisconsin Republicans pass $2B tax cut heading for a veto by Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin State Journal, November 14, 2023

Wisconsin state Senate approves downsized Milwaukee Brewers stadium repair bill

Associated Press, November 14, 2023

In surprise move, Senate approves overhauling Wisconsin alcohol industry

Wisconsin State Journal, November 14, 2023

Marquette poll: Trump, Biden race a tossup in Wisconsin with one year until 2024 election

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 8, 2023

51% in Marquette poll favor keeping legislative maps in place until 2030 Census

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2023

What do proposed constitutional amendments mean for Wisconsin voters?

The Capital Times, November 7, 2023

A timeline of how Minocqua Brewing Company uses PAC to support Democratic causes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 7, 2023

Campaigns ramp up with 2024 election less than a year away

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 6, 2023

Utilities & Energy

We Energies, Alliant closing coal plants

Urban Milwaukee, November 15, 2023

Electric, gas bills will be higher but not as high as utilities wanted

The Capital Times, November 11, 2023

Gale Klappa to shift roles at WEC Energy Group

Milwaukee Business News, November 9, 2023

PSC rejects utility's proposed changes to residential solar reimbursement

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 8, 2023

Conservative group advocates for Wisconsin utilities to increase transparency, competition

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 7, 2023

Sewer rates soar as private companies buy up local water systems

Stateline, November 7, 2023


Wisconsin Senate signs off on bill to spend tens of millions on PFAS pollution

Associated Press, November 14, 2023

Wisconsin Senate passes bill to address PFAS pollution

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 14, 2023

Wisconsin’s goals for managing wolves? DNR wolf specialist breaks down new plan

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 14, 2023

Wisconsin DNR adds 51 waters to its list of polluted waterways

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 13, 2023

EPA leader says agency is committed to finalizing PFAS standards for drinking water

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 9, 2023

Study: PFAS detected in 71 percent of shallow private wells tested statewide

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 3, 2023


Democrat Evers, Republican Vos argue against Supreme Court taking voucher lawsuit

Associated Press, November 16, 2023

Governor eases lockdowns at Wisconsin prisons amid lawsuit, seeks to improve safety

Associated Press, November 15, 2023

Federal appeals court finds parts of state hunter harassment law unconstitutional

Wisconsin State Journal, November 14, 2023

Judge orders former justice to produce records from work advising Vos on impeachment

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 10, 2023

Inspector general recommends criminal charges against City Attorney and his deputy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2023

Law firm keeps suing American Indian tribes — this time in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal, November 3, 2023

Employer & Consumer

Teen work permits with 19th century roots would be eliminated under GOP bill

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 17, 2023

Plan advances to open casino in Kenosha

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 16, 2023

Microsoft massively increases size of data center development plans in Mount Pleasant

Milwaukee Business News, November 10, 2023

18-year-old shares success story after trading college for carpenter’s tools

The Daily Reporter, November 6, 2023

UW System announces $32M plan to increase STEM, health care jobs

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 6, 2023

Iron District soccer stadium, Bronzeville arts center getting $14.3 million in public funds

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 3, 2023

Transportation & Infrastructure

Less driving but more deaths: Spike in traffic fatalities puzzles lawmakers

Stateline, November 10, 2023

Best way to extinguish a flaming electric vehicle? Let it burn

The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2023

Wisconsin auto workers to vote on new contracts with hefty raises

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 7, 2023

WisDOT, Iowa DOT break ground together on $140M Lansing Bridge Project

The Daily Reporter, November 7, 2023

Gov. Tony Evers announces over $36M for building projects across the state

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 6, 2023

Daylight savings contributes to spike in deer collisions every November

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 6, 2023


Wisconsin officials crack down on fraud-ridden infant mortality program

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 10, 2023

UW Health nurses' union submitting 'risk to patient safety' forms to state health department

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2023

Could dental therapists be the answer to long waits for dentists in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin State Journal, November 6, 2023

Woman says UW doctors performed gender-altering surgeries without proper consent

Wisconsin State Journal, November 3, 2023

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