Wisconsin Policy and Legislation

Wisconsin Policy and Legislation

Last updated on July 14, 2017 

Wisconsin Assembly Bills

Companion Senate bills can be found on the pages linked below.

Assembly Bill 298 — 5/4/2017

This bill requires child care centers and child care providers to test for lead in drinking water and to provide potable water if lead contamination is found in order to obtain, renew, or continue a child care center license or child care provider certification.

Assembly Bill 281 — 4/24/2017

Under current law, a person operating a public water supply system must
prepare a water supply plan, approved by the Department of Natural Resources, that shows the proposed water supply service area and an assessment of the environmental and economic impacts of carrying out the water supply plan, along with other information. Current law also provides that, if a public water supply system within a county that lies only partly within the Great Lakes Basin proposes to divert water from the Great Lakes Basin, the public water supply system’s proposal for diverting the water must be approved by the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council. This bill provides that if the council approves a diversion area for such a public water supply system, that diversion area serves as the water supply service area in the water supply plan that the public water supply system submits to DNR. Under the bill, diversion areas designated by the council do not need to be consistent with an approved area-wide water quality management plan for the planning area.

Assembly Bill 256 — 4/20/2017

This bill prohibits a town, village, or city from selling or leasing to an investor-owned public utility any plant or portion of a plant used to provide water or sewer service.

Assembly Bill 249 — 4/14/2017

This bill would increase the state revenue limit for school districts that incur costs to remediate lead contamination in water used for drinking and food preparation.

Assembly Bill 226 — 4/10/2017

This bill affords a city, village, town, or county the power to remediate contaminated private wells, fill and seal a contaminated well, or rehabilitate, replace, or abandon a failing private wastewater treatment system. This bill also increases the limit on grant amounts awarded under the state’s well compensation grant program to $12,000 per project.

Assembly Bill 214 — 4/10/2017

This bill would close a loophole that allows persons engaged in certain iron mining activities to destroy or fill in a lake bed, while prohibiting the same activity for those engaged in nonferrous metallic mining.

Assembly Bill 105 — 3/1/2017

This bill makes changes to the laws regulating high capacity wells, which are wells that, together with certain other wells on the same property, have the capacity to withdraw more than 100,000 gallons of water per day. This bill removes the requirement that an a permitted operator of a high capacity well must obtain approval from the Department of Natural Resources to 1) repair or maintain the well, 2) construct a replacement high capacity well, if the replacement well’s purpose is to prevent contamination or if the replacement well will be substantially the same depth as the existing well and either within a 75-foot radius of the existing well or farther from the nearest groundwater protection area than the existing well, 3) reconstruct the well to substantially the same depth and specifications as the existing well, or 4) transfer the approval at the same time as the owner transfers the land on which the well is located.

Assembly Bill 50 — 2/6/2017

This bill establishes standards and a process for designating areas in the state as groundwater management areas. The standards for designating an area with a confined aquifer as a groundwater management area are related to effects that groundwater pumping has in reducing the level to which water would rise in an open well or in reducing the water level in wells pumping from the aquifer. This bill would require the DNR to develop and adopt a groundwater management plan for each groundwater management area. This bill also imposes more stringent restrictions on groundwater withdrawals in the state as a whole, as well as the Great Lakes basin specifically.

Assembly Bill 31 — 1/19/2017

This bill establishes a total allowable commercial harvest of chubs in the waters of Lake Michigan equal to 25 percent of the Lake Michigan spawning bloater chub biomass or 350,000 pounds, whichever is greater, for any license year. This bill prohibits DNR from establishing a limit on the commercial harvest of chubs from the waters of Lake Michigan that is less than 1,800,000 pounds in a license year.

Wisconsin Senate Bills

Companion Senate bills to House bills already listed have been omitted. 

Senate Bill 335 — 6/23/2017

Under this bill, before a city, village, town that is authorized to exercise village powers, or county may take any action on an application for a frac sand mine, the governing body must publish a class 2 notice at least 30 days before the meeting and must also send written notice of the meeting, by first class mail, at least 30 days before the meeting, to the owner or occupant of any land that is located within one mile of the proposed mine.

Senate Bill 334 — 6/23/2017

This bill requires a land owner to disclose on a real estate condition report whether the owner has notice or knowledge of a contract, or an option to contract, that allows a person to mine frac sand on a neighboring property.

Senate Bill 332 — 6/23/2017

This bill lists frac sand mining as a conditional or prohibited use in certain types of zoning ordinances.

Senate Bill 331 — 6/23/2017

This bill authorizes eight full time equivalent positions to the Department of Natural Resources for monitoring industrial sand mining and processing operations and provides funding for those positions from the environmental fund.


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