AB 61 : Preventing Salt Pollution

Bill Description

We need to protect our freshwater ecosystems. Each winter, excess road salt accumulates in our freshwater and damages those ecosystems – largely resulting from overapplication intended to avoid liability for damages associated with snow and ice hazards. AB 61 would create a voluntary de-icer certification program that trains commercial applicators in best management practices for snow and ice removal and, in turn, limit their liability for potential damages.

Current Status

AB 61 was introduced on Feb. 23, 2023, and referred to the Assembly Committee on Regulatory and Licensing Reform. A public hearing was held on March 15, 2023, and the bill passed out of committee on May 24, 2023. Ask your legislators to support AB 61.

UPDATE: On Jan. 16, 2024, the Senate adopted Senate Substitute Amendment 2 for the Senate counterpart of this bill, SB 52. Senate Substitute Amendment 2 limited the bill's incentive to participate in the voluntary de-icer certification program. Due to that change, Wisconsin Conservation Voters is now neutral on SB 52.

Committee History

Committee Status
Assembly Committee on Regulatory and Licensing Reform Passed

Full Vote Data

Assembly: Awaiting Action