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Republicans to Allow Acid Mining in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 12:00

metallic-sulfide-mining-runoffAssembly Bill 499 would remove the “Prove it First” law requiring mining operations to provide proof that a sulfide mine can operate without polluting.


MADISON, WI – The future of Wisconsin’s clean water is in danger as Republicans in the State Senate are poised to weaken environmental protections. Assembly Bill 499 (AB 499) would remove the “Prove it First” law that requires mining operations to provide proof that a sulfide mine can operate without polluting groundwater and surface waters with acid drainage.

jen-shilling“If these minerals could be safely extracted without endangering our water and land, companies would be mining today under current law,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Similar to the Foxconn bill, this will end up costing every single Wisconsin taxpayer in clean-up, legal, and health costs. Rather than letting special interests write their own set of rules, we need to take a balanced and commonsense approach to protect taxpayers, local communities and access to clean drinking water.”

As the most toxic industry in the U.S., sulfide mining is responsible for poisoning the environment with dangerous carcinogens and neurotoxins like arsenic, mercury and lead.

 
Senate Passes Vukmir Bills on Repeat Violent Criminals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leah Vukmir, State Senator District 5   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 11:15

judgementBills are part of Victim Prevention Package to revoke probation if a criminal is charged with a felony, require a three-year sentence for a probationer who illegally possesses a gun, and move a judge’s ability to grant expungement to after an offender successfully completes sentence.


MADISON - The Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday passed five bills authored by Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R–New Berlin, to address the growing problem of repeat violent offenders terrorizing communities across the state.

leah-vukmir“Our families pay an enormous cost when their loved ones are murdered, assaulted, raped, robbed or carjacked,” Vukmir said. “We must realize that a failure to imprison those who pose a significant risk to the public often leads to more victims. Today’s votes will send a strong message to criminals that their incessant unlawful behavior will not be tolerated.”

Senate Bills, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 — which are all a part of Vukmir’s and Sanfelippo’s Victim Prevention Package — passed, three of them with bipartisan support. These bills would compel the Department of Corrections to recommend revoking probation if a criminal is charged with a felony, require a three-year sentence for someone who illegally possesses a gun while on probation, move a judge’s ability to grant expungement to after an offender successfully completes his or her sentence, along with other necessary reforms.

Another bill in the crime package, Senate Bill 58, which would increase penalties for carjacking, passed earlier this summer.

“I encourage Wisconsinites to call their representatives and encourage them to take up these bills this fall so they can be signed by Gov. Walker soon,” Vukmir said. “Protecting our communities needs to be a top priority. We don’t want any more of our family, friends and neighbors to become victims.”

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New Investigative Report: Republicans Eliminate Whistleblower Incentives, Protect Corporations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:20

wisconsin-koch-industriesSen. Leah Vukmir was on the budget committee that quietly pushed through the repeal to Gov. Scott Walker who killed the anti-fraud law; while AG Brad Schimel advised repeal even though it means Wisconsin can recoup less money from corporate fraud.

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Second Request Made for Public Review of Foxconn Contract PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Britt Cudaback   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:40

foxconn-dealLegislators given less than two days to review billion-dollar contract before WEDC vote, public locked out.

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