CNOW week of Jan. 24, 2022
This week's notices:
- Oppose LRB 4468/1: Allowing Polluters to Veto Drinking Water Protections
- Oppose SJR 32: Undermining Local Democracies
- Oppose SB 296 & AB 279: Outlawing Protected Protest
- Oppose SB 494: Poisoning Our Ponds
- Oppose SJR 90: Ignoring the Dangers of Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines
Oppose LRB 4468/1: Allowing Polluters to Veto Drinking Water Protections
Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 4468/1, which is circulating for cosponsorship.
To protect our drinking water, groundwater standards must be established by public health experts, not polluters. When setting groundwater standards, our state agencies provide balanced, unbiased scientific review with robust public comment opportunities. LRB 4468/1 allows polluters to interfere in this process and shape the outcome to serve their own self-interests, thereby putting our health at risk.
Oppose SJR 32: Undermining Local Democracies
Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SJR 32, which is before the Senate on Tuesday.
Communities should have the right to expand participation in their local democratic processes. State and federal governments should be the floor and not the ceiling for what local decision making looks like – whether that’s for protecting drinking water, fighting climate change, or expanding the freedom to vote. SJR 32 works against this principle by proposing a constitutional amendment that would prevent Wisconsin communities from allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections.
Oppose SB 296 & AB 279: Outlawing Protected Protest
Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 296 & AB 279, which are before the Assembly and Senate on Tuesday.
The right to protest is central to the ability to advocate for a world where every person can breathe clean air, drink safe water, and protect the lands we love. SB 296 & AB 279 would create a vague definition of “riot” that could penalize whole groups of people for the actions of a few. SB 296 & AB 279 leave too many questions of legality up to interpretation by police under rapidly changing conditions.
Oppose SB 494: Poisoning Our Ponds
Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 494, which is before the Senate on Tuesday.
Wisconsinites should have a right to know and influence what chemicals are being added to our water. SB 494 allows individuals to add certain chemicals to shared waters without DNR oversight and without the consent of impacted neighbors.
Oppose SJR 90: Ignoring the Dangers of Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines
Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SJR 90, which is before the Senate on Tuesday.
We must swiftly transition to a clean energy economy that works for all communities, reduces pollution created by fossil fuels, invests in strategies that help us prepare for the impacts of climate change, and creates good paying jobs. To do this, we need to transition away from our use of oil and natural gas pipelines. SJR 90 proposes a resolution that ignores decades of dangerous accidents associated with oil and gas pipelines and encourages continued investment in them.
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