July Legislative Update

It’s hard to not notice that Wisconsin is in full swing of “election season.” With the primary less than a month away (August 9th), all eyes are focused on who will face Governor Evers in November – former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and the late-entrant businessman, Tim Michels.

Besides the headline-grabbing races, there are also numerous primary races for state Assembly and Senate districts. Wondering who is running in your district? WPRA’s lobbying firm Hamilton Consulting has the answers and up-to-date information here on the 2022 Election Issue Page.

Pool Rule Draft Modified and On Hold for Review

Recall, over the last several months, WPRA has engaged with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Program on the rewrite of ATCP 76 or the “Pool Rule.” The DATCP Board reviewed the draft rule on May 12. WPRA has been engaged in the rulemaking process and submitted written comments in support of the draft rule.

In anticipation of legislative pushback next session, DATCP removed Subchapter 7, Limited Use Public Pools from the draft Pool Rule. This section became controversial after the Joint Committee for Administrative Rules took the unusual step to suspend a “tourist rooming house” from the current administrative code definition of public pool as defined in ATCP 76. DATCP foresaw potential legislative pushback on Subchapter 7 given the action of the Committee on the current regulations.

The new “pool rule” will remain pending until the legislature reconvenes in January 2023.

WPRA PPC Looking for Your Feedback!!!

Over this summer, the WPRA Public Policy Committee will be collecting feedback from members regarding legislative priorities for 2023-24 legislative session. Current topics being explored by the committee include Ongoing Stewardship support, Shared Revenue/Levy Limit Relief, Youth Workforce Development, Children’s Health & Nutrition.

If you have ideas on either BROAD or SPECIFIC legislative issue, you’d like the PPC to consider, please e-mail PPC Chair Chad Dallman at [email protected]