Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin Gov. Evers issues order to curb PFAS contamination

Aug. 23, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order to curb contamination from chemicals in firefighting foam, non-stick cookware and fast-food wrappers, his office announced Friday. Evers signed the mandate Thursday. The order calls on the state departments of Natural Resources...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Kelly ticket for accident

Aug. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly has been ticketed for failing to stop at a stop sign after the car he was driving slammed into a van, sending two people to the hospital. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Friday that Kelly was ticketed near his home in North Prairie,...

Wisconsin governor calls GOP concerns over gun bills 'BS'

Aug. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The argument from Republicans and gun-rights advocates that universal background checks and "red flag" laws will lead to the repeal of the Second Amendment right to bear arms is "frankly BS," Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday. Evers called Republican arguments against the bills...

DNR board to consider rule closing grouse season early

Aug. 21, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is considering an emergency rule to shorten Wisconsin's ruffed grouse season to protect the population. Drumming activity declined 34% statewide from 2017 to 2018. Hunters took only 173,347 grouse last year, the lowest total in the 35...

Evers' pick to lead health agency wins committee approval

Aug. 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' pick to head the Wisconsin Department of Health Services won approval Wednesday from a Republican-controlled legislative committee, despite objections from one senator about the hiring of a former Planned Parenthood lobbyist as deputy of the agency. The...

Wisconsin hemp bill changed to appease law enforcement

Aug. 21, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan proposal designed to help Wisconsin's fledgling hemp industry has been modified to appease concerns of law enforcement. Police testified against the measure earlier this year because it prevented someone who had consumed a legal product made with trace amounts of THC, such...

Bipartisan push for dental therapists in Wisconsin has foes

Aug. 20, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan push for the Wisconsin Legislature to create a dental therapist license as part of an effort to provide basic services in mostly rural areas is meeting with stiff opposition from dentists. A coalition of more than 50 groups is urging the Legislature to join with other...

Wisconsin Republicans introduce bills to combat elder abuse

Aug. 20, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican legislators introduced a package of legislation Tuesday that would combat elder abuse by increasing the criminal penalties and allowing financial advisers and bankers to delay seniors' questionable transactions. The bill's chief authors, state Sen. Patrick Testin and...

Evers seeks federal disaster declaration for 18 counties

Aug. 19, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is seeking a federal disaster declaration for 18 counties and two tribes that suffered damage during severe storms in July. Evers said on Monday that he made the request to President Donald Trump's administration after state and federal agencies verified more than $19.5...

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...