Hamilton Political Tidbits – October 25, 2019

Political Tidbits - October 25, 2019
Hamilton Consulting Group
 October 25, 2019
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly are gearing up to meet the first week of November for the second floorperiods of the fall. Gov. Tony Evers has also called the Legislature into special session on Nov. 7 to act on gun reform legislation. In this edition of Political Tidbits: 
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MU Poll Asks Voters About Impeachment, 2020 Dem Primary

Marquette University (MU) Law School released its fourth poll of 2019 on Oct. 23. The poll again gauged Wisconsin voter opinions on the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary for president. The October poll also included measures of voter support for presidential impeachment, opinions on state and national politicians, and overall views on the state and economy.
Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Gun Reform

On Oct. 21, Gov. Tony Evers issued Executive Order #54, calling for a special session of the Legislature on Nov. 7 to address gun violence. The executive order directs the legislature to consider two bills: a "red-flag" law and universal background check requirements.
New Dates Set for 7th CD Special Election

On Oct. 18, Gov. Tony Evers announced revised dates for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. Duffy resigned on Sept. 23.
Assembly Rule Changes

In their Oct. 10 floor session, the Wisconsin Assembly voted largely along party lines to approve several Assembly rule changes in two Assembly Resolutions.
Legislators Reintroduce Family Medical Leave Bill

Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) are reintroducing a bill that would expand Wisconsin's Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The legislators circulated for cosponsorship the new FMLA proposal (LRB 0323) on Oct. 22.
Supreme Court Holds Oral Arguments in Second Extraordinary Session Challenge

On Oct. 21, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held oral arguments in the second challenge in state courts to the laws passed in the 2018 extraordinary session. This case is one of several challenging the 2018 extraordinary session laws. Read more about the extraordinary session litigation.
PFAS Update: DNR Board Votes on Scope Statements, Agency Water Recommendations

Proposed regulations of PFAS compounds are continuing to move through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Meanwhile, other agencies have made recommendations to the governor on these PFAS chemicals and other clean water issues.
Gov. Evers Creates Climate Change Task Force

On Oct. 17, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #52, creating a Task Force on Climate Change. The task force is charged with advising the governor in developing a strategy on climate change.
Signed by Governor: Benefits for Families of Fallen Officers

On Oct. 16, Gov. Tony Evers signed into law a bill that will provide health insurance benefits to families of fallen officers. The bill (SB 266/AB 300) was enacted as 2019 Act 19.

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News Clips
Utilities and Energy
Xcel likely to invest more in infrastructure: Minnesota Star Tribune, October 24, 2019.

Neubauer appointed to climate change task force: Racine Journal Times, October 24, 2019.
Lawsuit against mine developers dismissed: Eagle Herald Extra, October 24, 2019.

City lawsuit costs report: Governing, October 25, 2019.
Wisconsin Republicans pursue truth-in-labeling bills: Wisconsin Law Journal, October 24, 2019.

Economic Development
Wisconsin voters souring on economic outlook, MU Law Poll finds: Milwaukee Business News, October 23, 2019.

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