Public Hearings Scheduled on Municipal Bills this Week
On Wednesday, March 8, public hearings will be held in the State Capitol on the following three municipal bills the League supports:
1. SB 48, Lead Service Laterals. Allowing municipalities and municipal water utilities to establish a financial assistance program to help private property owners replace lead service laterals. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy is holding the hearing at 11:30 in room 411 South.
2. AB 27, Multiple Jurisdiction Health Department Clean-Up Bill. Clarifying that municipalities involved in multiple jurisdiction health departments may divide up the cost of the program between themselves in any manner they agree upon. Current law requires the cost formula to be based on population and equalized value exclusively. The Assembly Committee on Local Government is holding the hearing at 9:30 in room 400 Northeast. (Note: The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection voted unanimously last week to recommend passage of the Senate companion to AB 27, SB 12.)
3. AB 70, Publishing Meeting Minutes on the Web. Allowing municipalities to publish governing body meeting minutes on the community's web site instead of in the official newspaper. The Assembly Committee on Local Government is holding the hearing at 9:30 in room 400 Northeast.
The League's Curt Witynski will be testifying in support of these bills. However, the Committees would welcome testimony from municipal officials. If you are supportive of these bills, but unable to attend the hearings, please email your legislators and ask them to support the bill. Also, email Curt Witynski any information in support of the bills that you would like him to share with the committees.
In the News
State and Local Officials Working Together
Thanks to State Representative Rob Brooks and Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian for talking with the League's Urban Alliance on Friday about how to work together regardless of party affiliation. We caught part of the conversation on Facebook Video live.
Watch the panel discussion here...
Urban Revitalization Committee
State Representative Bob Gannon, Chair of the Urban Revitalization Committee, spoke at the Urban Alliance meeting on Friday about the work of his committee. The Committee has
six public hearings
scheduled for this spring in the following communities: Green Bay, Wausau, Oshkosh, Racine, Milwaukee and Beloit. We posted a portion of the conversation on Facebook.
Watch the video here...
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Recently Introduced Legislation
Local Approval of Roundabouts. Requiring approval by a municipal governing body before DOT may construct highway roundabouts in the community. By Sen. Craig (R-Big Bend) and Rep. Kremer (R-Kewaskum). The League is neutral on this bill. Comment to the League on this bill.
SB 94, Mayoral Notice of Special Council Meetings. This bill provides that a mayor may
call a special meeting by notifying members in a manner likely to give each member notice of the meeting and providing the notice at least six hours before the meeting. The bill repeals the current requirement that notice be provided by written notice delivered personally to each member or left at the member's usual abode. By Sen. LeMahieu (R-Oostburg). The League supports this bill. Comment to the League on this bill.
AB 105/SB 76, Replacement, reconstruction, and transfer of an approved high capacity well, recommendation of special groundwater measures by the Department of Natural Resources, and metering requirements and grants for certain high capacity wells. By Sen. Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Rep. Tauchen (R-Bonduel). The League has not taken a position on this bill. Comment to the League on this bill.
AB 119, Method of Publishing Legal Notices on a Municipality's Web Site. For qualifying municipalities that elect to provide legal notice by posting a notice in one public place and placing the notice on the municipality's internet site, the
bill requires the municipality to include an easily identifiable link to its notices on the municipality's homepage. This bill was introduced by the Joint Legislative Council at the recommendation of the Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices. The League is neutral on this bill. Comment to the League on this bill.
AB 120, Information required to be included in class 2 and class 3 legal notices.
The bill allows a municipality the option to publish a summary, instead
of publishing any full-text content that may be required under current law, for the second
and third insertions that are required for publication of Class 2 and 3 notices, if the summarized notice also indicates that the full-text content may be viewed at the following sources:
1. The newspaper in which the initial insertion of the Class 2 or 3 notice was published.
2. The municipal website.
3. The Wisconsin Newspapers Association legal notices website.
4. A physical location maintained by the municipality.
This bill was introduced by the Joint Legislative Council at the recommendation of the Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices.
The League supports this bill. Comment to the League on this bill.
AB 27, Multiple Jurisdiction Health Departments Clean-Up Bill. Assembly Committee on Local Government at 9:30 on Wednesday, March 8, in Room 400 Northeast, State Capitol. The League supports this bill.
AB 70, Allowing municipalities to publish governing body meeting minutes on the community's web site instead of in the official newspaper. Assembly Committee on Local Government at 9:30 on Wednesday, March 8, in Room 400 Northeast, State Capitol. The League supports this bill.
AB 109, Modifying the requirements for towns in Dane County to withdraw from county zoning. Assembly Committee on Local Government at 9:30 on Wednesday, March 8, in Room 400 Northeast, State Capitol. The League opposes this bill.
SB 48, Lead Water Service Lateral Replacement -- Financial Assistance Program. Senate Natural Resources and Energy at 11:30 on Wednesday, March 8, in room 411 South, State Capitol. The League supports this bill.