12/16/17




From the Wisconsin State League of Women Voters, December 12, 2017:
Two fast-tracked bills were introduced Friday and had a hearing in a state Senate committee yesterday. They reduce protections for renters and water quality, and both bills preempt the ability of local governments to address these problems in their communities:

SB 639 preempts local control of many issues related to the maintenance of a safe housing stock, and it reduces the protections that tenants have under current law. It would make it easier for a landlord to evict a tenant and harder for the tenant to get a hearing in small claims court. In addition, it would keep dismissed eviction claims cases on record for 10 years, making it harder for the tenant to find housing in the future.

SB 640 limits local control of stormwater runoff to a level no more stringent than statewide standards. Many cities, villages and towns have adopted ordinances to deal with recurring flooding of streets, existing buildings or abutting agricultural or park lands. These ordinances require new construction to retain more than 90% of the volume of precipitation on-site through use of rain gardens, wet detention ponds or infiltration basins. SB 640 prohibits local governments from taking the initiative to require these additional stormwater management practices that protect public health and safety.

This article in The Capital Times explains these bills in greater detail.  

Contact your State Senator today and urge her/him to oppose SB 639 and SB 640. In addition, call members of the Senate Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade, and urge them to reject this bill so it doesn’t even make it to the Senate floor.   
To find your own Senator, click here and enter your address above "Find Your Legislators" near the little map of Wisconsin. To reach members of the Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade, click here.

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