SB 648/AB 688: Reestablishing a Wisconsin Conservation Corps

This bill is:
Pro-Conservation

Date Introduced:
December 21, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Land, Priority Issue

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Bill Description

Protection of Wisconsin’s natural resources depends on committed volunteers helping to implement conservation programs. At the same time, many youth in Wisconsin do not have access to quality job and education opportunities after high school. SB 648 & AB 688 would direct the Department of Administration to reestablish the Wisconsin Conservation Corps to give at-risk youth opportunities to get involved in conservation programs and on a path to careers in natural resources. The WCC would work with local governments, nonprofits, and higher education institutions to identify and help sponsor worthy conservation projects on public lands.

Current Status

SB 648 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The bill had a public hearing on January 4, 2018, and was voted out of committee on January 17, 2018. AB 688 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on State Affairs. It had a public hearing and was voted out of committee on January 17, 2018. AB 688 was passed out of the full Assembly on a voice vote on January 23. The bill died at the end of the session.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Passed by Voice Vote

Senate:  Awaiting Action

Governor:  Awaiting Action

Citizen Action Needed