SB 76/AB 105: Death by a Thousand Straws

This bill is:
Anti-Conservation

Date Introduced:
February 21, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Water

Official Assembly Bill Link »

Official Senate Bill Link »

Bill Description

All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users—businesses, municipalities, farmers, fishermen, boaters, waterfront property owners, and more—pay the price. SB 76 & AB 105 would limit the ability of the DNR to address groundwater over pumping in critical areas by granting ‘forever’ permits for high capacity wells that are tied to the land. This prevents regular reviews by the DNR of on-the-ground conditions as they change. As a result, this bill will make it more difficult for local communities to address serious groundwater over pumping problems that lead to lakes, rivers, and drinking water wells drying up.

Current Status

SB 76 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform. AB 105 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Both committees conducted a joint public hearing on March 15, 2017. The Senate Committee voted it out of committee by a vote of 3 to 2 on March 28, 2017. The full Senate voted to pass SB 76 by a vote of 19 to 13 on April 5, 2017. The full Assembly took up SB 76 on May 2, 2017, and passed it by a vote of 63 to 36. It now goes to the Governor's desk to be signed or vetoed.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Passed Assembly

Senate:  Passed Senate

Governor:  Awaiting Action

Assembly

Legislator Bill
Vote
Pro/Anti
Conservation
Allen, ScottYesAnti
Anderson, JimmyNoPro
August, TylerYesAnti
Ballweg, JoanYesAnti
Barca, PeterNoPro
Berceau, TereseNoPro
Bernier, KathyYesAnti
Billings, JillNoPro
Born, MarkYesAnti
Bowen, David NoPro
Brandtjen, JanelYesAnti
Brooks, EdwardYesAnti
Brooks, RobertYesAnti
Brostoff, JonathanNoPro
Considine, DaveNoPro
Crowley, DavidNoPro
Doyle, SteveNoPro
Duchow, CindiYesAnti
Edming, JamesYesAnti
Felzkowski, MaryYesAnti
Fields, JasonNoPro
Gannon, BobYesAnti
Genrich, EricNoPro
Goyke, Evan NoPro
Hebl, Gary NoPro
Hesselbein, DianneNoPro
Hintz, GordonNoPro
Horlacher, CodyYesAnti
Hutton, RobYesAnti
Jacque, AndréYesAnti
Jagler, JohnYesAnti
Jarchow, AdamYesAnti
Katsma, TerryYesAnti
Kerkman, SamanthaYesAnti
Kessler, FrederickNoPro
Kitchens, JoelNoPro
Kleefisch, JoelYesAnti
Knodl, DanielYesAnti
Kolste, DebraNoPro
Kooyenga, DaleYesAnti
Kremer, JesseYesAnti
Krug, ScottYesAnti
Kuglitsch, MikeYesAnti
Kulp, BobYesAnti
Loudenbeck, AmyYesAnti
Macco, JohnYesAnti
Mason, CoryNoPro
Meyers, BethNoPro
Milroy, NickNoPro
Murphy, DavidYesAnti
Mursau, JeffreyYesAnti
Nerison, LeeYesAnti
Neylon, AdamYesAnti
Novak, ToddYesAnti
Nygren, John YesAnti
Ohnstad, TodNoPro
Ott, JimYesAnti
Petersen, KevinYesAnti
Petryk, WarrenYesAnti
Pope, SondyNoPro
Pronschinski, TreigYesAnti
Quinn, RomaineYesAnti
Riemer, DanielNoPro
Ripp, KeithYesAnti
Rodriguez, JessieYesAnti
Rohrkaste, MikeYesAnti
Sanfelippo, JoeYesAnti
Sargent, MelissaNoPro
Schraa, Michael YesAnti
Shankland, KatrinaNoPro
Sinicki, ChristineNoPro
Skowronski, KenYesAnti
Snyder, PatYesAnti
Spiros, JohnYesAnti
Spreitzer, MarkNoPro
Stafsholt, RobYesAnti
Steffen, DavidYesAnti
Steineke, JimYesAnti
Stuck, AmandaNoPro
Subeck, LisaNoPro
Summerfield, RobYesAnti
Swearingen, RobYesAnti
Tauchen, GaryYesAnti
Taylor, ChrisNoPro
Thiesfeldt, JeremyYesAnti
Tittl, PaulYesAnti
Tranel, TravisYesAnti
Tusler, RonYesAnti
VanderMeer, NancyYesAnti
Vorpagel, TylerYesAnti
Vos, RobinYesAnti
Vruwink, DonNoPro
Wachs, DanaNoPro
Weatherston, ThomasYesAnti
Wichgers, ChuckYesAnti
Young, LeonNoPro
Zamarripa, JoCastaNoPro
Zepnick, JoshNoPro
Zimmerman, ShannonYesAnti

Citizen Action Needed

Call Governor Walker and ask him to veto SB 76.