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Conservation NOW: May 22, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Support AB 328: Expanding Family Time to Hunt

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 328, which is before the Assembly Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee on Wednesday.

Hunting is an important conservation tradition in Wisconsin, often spanning generations in families. Currently, the hunting seasons for fisher, grey partridge, pheasant, and wild turkey end one week before the end of the bowhunting season – the Sunday nearest Jan. 6th. AB 328 would align the hunting seasons for fisher, grey partridge, pheasant, and wild turkey with the end of bowhunting season to facilitate more time for families to hunt during the holidays. Seventy-one counties voted in favor of the shift at the spring Conservation Congress hearings.

Support LRB 2272/1: Expanding Participation in the Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 2272/1, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

The Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (WBDR), part of the Wisconsin Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance System, is an important source of information about what health issues are affecting newborns in our state. There are often important links between birth defects and pollution-related issues in our environment. Currently, Wisconsin is one of the few states that require parents to opt-in their children to the program. LRB 2272/1 would make WBDR participation automatic with an opt-out system, thereby increasing participation.

Oppose LRB 0894/1: Undermining Wildlife Protection

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 0894/1, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Wisconsin’s wildlife belongs to all citizens of our state and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wardens are charged with ensuring these shared resources are protected. A long established “Open Field Doctrine” allows law enforcement to look for and enforce the law in open areas on private land, which is a different privacy standard than citizens can expect in their homes and buildings. LRB 2272/1 would prohibit DNR wardens from enforcing penalties for violations against a public resource.

Oppose LRB 2593/1: Creating Unnecessary Hurdles to Protecting Public Health and Natural Resources

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 2593/1, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Wisconsin citizens depend on regulations spread out over state agencies to ensure protection of our public health and natural resources. LRB 2593/1 creates a burdensome and bureaucratic framework that requires the state to reauthorize all state regulations every seven years. It is an overreach of the legislature to continue to micro-manage technical agency rules. Agency staff, who have the necessary expertise, should manage regulations.

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