SB 76/AB 105: Death by a Thousand Straws
This bill is:
February 21, 2017
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.
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.
|Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform||Passed|
Full Vote Data
Assembly: Passed Assembly
Senate: Passed Senate
Governor: Awaiting Action
|Lasee, Frank||Excused Absence|
Citizen Action Needed
Call Governor Walker and ask him to veto SB 76.