AB 547/SB 600: Dropping State Protections for Wetlands
This bill is:
November 30, 2017
Fishing, Hunting, Water
Wetlands provide critical protections for our water by filtering out pollution that runs off farm fields and urban development. Additionally, it is critical habitat for sustaining wildlife. AB 547 & SB 600 would remove protections for over one million acres of wetlands in Wisconsin, allowing them to be filled in for development. This could lead to increased flooding in our communities as well as decreased water quality.
AB 547 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform. SB 600 was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The committees held a joint hearing on the bills on December 21, 2017. Both committees amended the bills and passed them out of committee. The amended bills still put close to half a million acres of wetlands at risk of being developed and we remain opposed to the bills. AB 547 passed the Assembly on February 15, 2018. The Senate passed the bill on February 20, 2018. Governor Walker signed the bill into law on March 28, 2018.
|Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy||Passed|
|Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform||Passed|
Full Vote Data
Assembly: Passed Assembly
Senate: Passed Senate
Governor: Governor Signed into Law