Bill Tracking 2019-05-22T18:20:03+00:00

WEDA Legislative Tracker

The 2019-20 WEDA Legislative Bill Tracker lists and allows members to follow and learn more about the bills WEDA is lobbying on and monitoring as they work through the legislative process. The WEDA Bill Tracker includes the bill number, a brief description of the bill, it status and WEDA’s position on the proposal.


  • Bill Number:  Assembly Bill 4 / Senate Bill 18
  • Bill Description:  Expands the sliding scale standard deduction to reduce state income taxes for middle-class taxpayers. Individuals making up to $100,000 and families earing up to $150,000 would be eligible for the tax cut. The bill’s proposed tax reduction is paid for using the state’s current revenue surplus, and not by reducing or eliminating the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit.
    Bill Status: Assembly Bill 4 passed both the Assembly the Senate. Gov. Evers vetoed the legislation
  • WEDA Position:  SUPPORT

  • Bill Number:  Assembly Bill 23 / Senate Bill 16
  • Bill Description:  Increases funding for the Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant program by $3.5 million per year over the 2019-21 biennium. The bill essentially doubles funding for the program over the next two years. The CTE grant program provides financial support to school districts that provide educational opportunities for student to earn industry recognized certifications in high-demand professions
  • Bill Status:  AB 23 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Workforce Development Committee and received a public hearing on 03/06/19. The Senate Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Committee held a public hearing on SB 16 02/13/19 and passed the legislation through committee on a 5-0 vote on 03/27/19.
  • WEDA Position:  SUPPORT

  • Bill Number:  Assembly Bill 33 / Senate Bill 39
  • Bill Description:  Provides comprehensive expungement reform to help strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce. The bill proposal would:
    • Eliminate the state mandate on judges to grant/deny expungement at the time of sentencing.
    • Eliminate the current requirement that expungement can only be granted for crimes committed before the age of 25.
    • Specify that an expunged crime cannot be considered a conviction for employment purposes.
    • Clarify that only low-level offenders are eligible for expungement.
  • Bill Status: AB 33 was passed by the Assembly on 05/15/19 and was sent to the Senate for further consideration. The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on SB 39 on 03/19/19 and passed the bill through committee on a 4-1 vote on 04/02/19.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 38 / Senate Bill 42
  • Bill Description: Eliminates current law barriers the UW System faces when entrepreneurs and faculty attempt to create businesses with patents and spin-off opportunities produced by the university’s research. The bill modifies the UW System’s conflict of interest regulation, putting the System on an even playing field with other universities across the country.
  • Bill Status: AB 38 was referred to the Assembly Constitution and Ethics Committee and received a public hearing on 4/30/19. SB 42 was referred to the Senate Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families Committee and received a public hearing on 05/07/19.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 45 / Senate Bill 45
  • Bill Description: Creates an income tax deduction for tuition expenses paid – by an individual or corporation – for an individual to participate in an apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Workforce Development.
  • Bill Status: AB 45 was referred to the Assembly Workforce Development Committee. SB 45 was referred to the Senate Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 57 / Senate Bill 88
  • Bill Description: Provides additional funding for the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program and implements changes to strengthen the bridge between the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program and the Registered Apprenticeship program, including:
    • Increases funding for YA programs by $2.76 million in the current fiscal year.
    • Increases the individual YA grant award from $900 to $1,000 per student.
    • Provides $100,000 over the 2019-2021 biennium for YA curricula development.
    • Requires DWD to set standards for the transfer of YA credits to the Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • Bill Status: AB 57 was referred to the Assembly Workforce Development Committee and received a public hearing on 03/06/19. The Senate Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Committee held a public hearing on SB 88 on 03/20/19 and passed the legislation on a 5-0 vote on 05/06/19.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 66 / Senate Bill 82
  • Bill Description: Creates a grant program administered by the Wisconsin Arts Board to provide grant funding to businesses and other organizations to grow creative industries in Wisconsin.
  • Bill Status: The Assembly Community Development Committee held a public hearing on AB 66 on 03/12/19 and passed the legislation on a 7-2 vote on 04/16/19. SB 82 was introduced and referred to the Senate Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 72 / Senate Bill 72
  • Bill Description: Under current law, DWD must approve a list of occupational areas related to youth apprenticeships, but the Department is not required to provide youth apprenticeship programming in each area. DWD currently sanctions 11 of 16 identified occupational areas for youth apprenticeship programs. AB 72 / SB 72 would require DWD to approve and maintain youth apprenticeship programs in all 16 specific occupational areas.
  • Bill Status: AB 72 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Workforce Development Committee. The Senate Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development Committee held a public hearing on SB 72 on 03/20/19 and passed the legislation on a 3-2 vote on 05/06/19.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 113 / Senate Bill 91
  • Would streamline Wisconsin’s water pollution credit-trading system by creating a third-party clearinghouse to create a marketplace for water pollution credit trades between point sources and non-point sources. Credits would be produced by non-point polluters that have taken steps to reduce their non-toxic pollutants. The production and purchase of credits must result in an improvement in water quality of a minimum ratio of 1.2:1. Also, trades must exchange the same pollutant or the same water quality standard and would have to occur within the same hydrologic area.
  • Bill Status: AB 113 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Local Government Development Committee. SB 91 was passed by the full Senate on a 32-0 vote on 05/15/19 and was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 146 / Senate Bill 130
  • Bill Description: Would close Wisconsin’s dark store loophole by requiring assessors to consider certain factors when comparing properties to determine the value of a property for tax purposes. The bill provides that an active property being assessed cannot be compared to a property that is vacant, or if restrictions have been placed on the highest and best use of the comparable property. In addition, the bill clarifies that assessors may consider actual lease amounts when valuing property.
  • Bill Status: AB 146 was introduced and referred to the Assembly State Affairs Committee. SB 130 was introduced and referred to the Senate Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 174 / Senate Bill 181
  • Bill Description: Provides financial incentives to out-of-state students that attend Wisconsin public universities and colleges if they stay and work in Wisconsin after graduation. Eligible individuals would receive 50% of the difference between in-state tuition and what they paid in out-of-state tuition.
  • Bill Status: AB 174 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Jobs and the Economy Committee. SB 181 was introduced and referred to the Senate Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT
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