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Republican Lawmakers are Slashing Environmental Laws

Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers are relaxing environmental regulations including laws governing iron mining and building on wetlands. In Gov. Walker’s 2015–17 budget, released in February, he proposed eliminating a third of the Department of Natural Resource scientists and 60 percent of its environmental educator positions. The cuts were approved by the state legislature’s budget committee in May, and ... Read More »

Wisconsin Legislature Attempting to End Mining Moratorium

A bill is being discussed in Wisconsin legislature that would pave the way for new mining operations. Environmental activists oppose the bill. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Rob Hutton of Hazelhurst and Brookfield, respectively. If passed, it would remove a 20 year old moratorium on sulfide mining. Amber Meyer Smith, Director of Programs and Government ... Read More »

Proposed Shoreline Dredging Bill Churns Up Water

Wisconsin’s State Assembly recently approved a bill that would lessen restrictions on shoreline dredging for landowners. The process of shoreline dredging involves retrieving sediment from the bottom of lakes. The waste, usually full of plant matter, is then discarded. In some cases, sand is dredged from the lakebed and placed onto the land, creating a beach. Land owners implement this ... Read More »

UWSP Supports New Sexual Assault Bill

A new bill was passed unanimously by the State Assembly on Feb. 9 stating that if sexual assault survivors participated in underage drinking during the incident, they cannot be cited. The university has shown support and is backing the bill that will next go to the state Senate. State Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, and Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, introduced the bill in an effort to increase reporting of ... Read More »