SB 48/AB 78: Leading on Lead

This bill is:

Date Introduced:
February 21, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Priority Issue, Water

Official Assembly Bill Link »

Official Senate Bill Link »

Bill Description

Wisconsinites have a right to safe, lead-free drinking water. Currently, there is little flexibility for water utilities to help homeowners replace lead pipes in their homes and on their property. Children with even low levels of lead in their blood can suffer profound and permanent health problems including damage to brain development. SB 48 & AB 78 would allow local communities to provide greater financial assistance to homeowners replacing lead pipes in their homes.

Current Status

SB 48 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. SB 48 had a public hearing on March 8, 2017, and was voted out of committee on March 29, 2017. The bill was unanimously voted out of the Senate on October 31, 2017. AB 78 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities. AB 78 had a public hearing on April 18, 2017. It was voted out of committee on June 13, 2017. The full Assembly amended SB 48 on the floor and passed it on a voice vote on November 9, 2017. SB 48, as amended by the Assembly, was approved by the full Senate on a voice vote on January 23, 2018. Governor Walker signed the bill into law on February 21, 2018.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Passed by Voice Vote

Senate:  Passed Senate

Governor:  Governor Signed into Law


Passed by voice vote, so there is no recorded individual vote data

Citizen Action Needed

Please contact your legislators and thanking them for supporting SB 48.