WEDA Legislative Tracker

The 2021-22 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, its status and WEDA’s position on the proposal.


  • Bill Number:  Assembly Bill 1
  • Bill Description:  Omnibus COVID-19 Relief Bill. The bill includes a provision that would create broad COVID-19 civil liability protections for businesses and and other entities.
    Bill Status: Assembly Bill was passed by the full Legislature and subsequently vetoed by the governor. The civil liability provision supported by WEDA has since been attached to Special Session Senate Bill 1 (a comprehensive unemployment insurance reform bill), passed by the full Legislature and signed into law by the governor as 2021 Wisconsin Act 4.
  • WEDA Position:  SUPPORT (WEDA specifically supports the COVID-19 civil liability immunity provisions in AB 1)

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 38 / Senate Bill 44
  • Bill Description: Creates an application fee exemption for veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces applying for admission to University of Wisconsin System schools or Wisconsin technical colleges.
  • Bill Status: AB 38 was was referred to and passed by the Assembly Universities and Colleges Committee on 3/11/21. SB 44 was introduced and referred to the Senate Universities and Technical Colleges Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 56 / Senate Bill 76
  • Bill Description: Current law exempts certain machinery NOT used in manufacturing from the personal property tax. To hold municipalities and other taxing jurisdictions harmless, current law also provides them with state aid payments to compensate for the loss of property tax revenue. However, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue interprets current law to mean state aid payments made to a TIF district terminate when the TIF district closes. This bill clarifies that after the termination of a TIF district, state aid payments are shifted to the other taxing jurisdictions.
  • Bill Status: AB 56 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. SB 76 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Government Operations
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number:  Assembly Bill 69 / Senate Bill 78
  • 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 69 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. SB 78 was introduced and referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 115 / Senate Bill 125
  • Bill Description: Creates an income tax deduction for tuition expenses paid by an individual to participate in an apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Workforce Development.
  • Bill Status: AB 115 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Workforce Development Committee. SB 125 was introduced and referred to the Senate Economic and Workforce Development Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 152 / Senate Bill 167
  • Bill Description: Creates an exemption from the examination requirement for certain building plans and plumbing plans and modifies other aspects of the building plan review process.
  • Bill Status: AB 152 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Regulatory Licensing Reform Committee. SB 167 was introduced and referred to the Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 156 / Senate Bill 172
  • Bill Description: Creates a State of Wisconsin workforce housing income tax credit for multi-family housing projects for individuals and families that make at least 61% but not more than 100% of area median income. The tax credit would be administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. 
  • Bill Status: AB 156 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. SB 172 was introduced and referred to the Senate Financial Institutions and Revenue Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 200 / Senate Bill 217
  • Bill Description: Requires the Department of Revenue to deposit into the transportation fund a percentage of the sales tax revenue from the sale of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, accessories, and services.
  • Bill Status: AB 200 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee. SB 217 was introduced and referred to the Senate Transportation and Local Government Committee.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 235 / Senate Bill 280
  • Bill Description: Requires the governor to allocate$50 million in federal funds that Wisconsin received though the American Rescue Plan Act to spur economic development in rural counties. The funding is administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the following purposes:
    • Support existing and new rural development programming through WEDC;
    • Provide grants to county and regional economic development organizations to create Revolving Loan Funds to support business development and expansion; and
    • Award one-time grants to county and regional economic development organizations to support economic recovery.
  • Bill Status: AB 235 was passed by the Assembly Rural Development Committee on an 8-5 vote on 04/08/21. SB 280 was passed by the Joint Finance Committee on an 11-4 vote on 04/08/21.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT

  • Bill Number: Assembly Bill 239 / Senate Bill 278
  • Bill Description: Requires the governor to allocate $500 million in federal funds that Wisconsin received though the American Rescue Plan Act for broadband expansion grants. 
  • Bill Status: AB 235 was passed by the Assembly Rural Development Committee on an 8-5 vote on 04/08/21. SB 280 was passed by the Joint Finance Committee on an 11-4 vote on 04/08/21.
  • WEDA Position: SUPPORT
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