2017-18, No.2
January 9, 2017

In this Issue:

Cell Tower Regulation

State of the State

Special Session on Heroin Epidemic

Public Hearings
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
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Bill Restores Some Municipal Power to Regulate Location of Cell Towers  

Sen. Rob. Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) plan to introduce legislation restoring to municipalities the ability to regulate the location of cell towers in residential districts. The bill is the same as 2015 AB 905 and authorizes a municipality to prohibit any person from placing a new mobile service support structure within 750 feet of the boundary of a residential zoning district that is the least dense of all such districts in the community.  

This bill advances one of the League's legislative priorities for this session.  

Action Step:  Please contact your state legislators and urge them to sign on as a co-sponsor to this bill,

After you contact your legislators, click here to tweet your support. 
State of the State Tomorrow Afternoon 

Governor Walker will give the annual State of the State address to the Legislature in a joint session tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.  You can watch it live on WisconsinEye
Governor Calls Legislature into Special Session to Address Heroin Epidemic 

Last week, Governor Walker called the Legislature into special session to pass several bills designed to address the heroin and opioid epidemic. The Governor is urging the Legislature to pass several bills recommended as part of a report produced by the Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse. 
Public Hearings  

SB 1 , Increasing from 12 to 15 percent the maximum amount of the Village of Oostburg's total equalized value that can be located in TIF Districts within the Village. By Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce, and Local Government on Tuesday, January 10 at 1:00 in room 330 Southwest, State Capitol.  The League supports this bill. (Normally, the League does not weigh in on TIF law changes that apply to single communities only. However, we are joining with the Wisconsin Realtors Association and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association to distribute a joint memo to committee members in support of this bill for the purpose of pointing out that it should apply broadly to all communities, similar to legislation recommended last session by the TIF Study Committee, 2015 SB 55.)