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New Bills:

This week I released two new bills for co-sponsorship. 

LRB 3790 

Earlier this year, severe weather caused significant property damage in our community. Crews from across the state worked tirelessly to repair downed lines for electric cooperatives and telecommunications utilities. This timely action made sure that people could get in contact with loved ones, businesses could re-open, and communities could get back on their feet.

These crews were able to get in place almost immediately after severe weather, due to pre-existing agreements between companies regulating what kinds of events would be covered, and what rates each cooperative or utility would pay. However, utilities calling on extra help are hit with a sales and use tax for the time the crews spend making sure communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Wisconsin should not put our cooperatives and utilities in a position to be billed extra for making sure the municipalities they serve have the electricity and communications they need after severe weather strikes. This bill creates an exemption to the sales and use tax paid by electric cooperatives and telecommunications utilities, ensuring that disaster relief work is not economically burdensome. 

 

LRB 4354 

As many of you know, when storms went through our community many state departments responded by sending people to help with the cleanup and the transition back into daily life. One specific example was the DMV opening a temporary service center to reissue driver's licenses, vehicle titles, and ID cards for free in Cameron.
Under current law, state departments are not allowed to waive fees required to replace permits, licenses, approvals, or other authorizations. This bill aims to change that law and allows the governor to waive any fees required for replacement of already-existing permits and licenses for people in an area of a state of emergency. 

DNR Update

  • Changes in deer and turkey tagging for 2017: Under the new law, deer and turkey carcass tags are not required to be issued with licenses. In addition, validation and attachment of carcass tags is no longer required. Harvested turkey and deer must still be registered however.
  • September 30th is National Public Lands Day. You can find a new spot to enjoy the outdoors!
  • Many fall festivals will be going on this weekend at the Wisconsin State Parks. Find one here.

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Want a Blue Book?

The new 2017-2018 Blue Books just got delivered this week, so we have lots of books and road maps in the office - would you like one? Blue Books are full of great information about state government: biographies of legislators, information on state agencies, and more! I'm happy to drop one off with you personally. To request either a Blue Book or map, please call my office phone toll-free at (888) 534-0075 or email rep.quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Thank you to all who have written or called to voice their opinions or ask questions. My office is always open, and your feedback truly helps guide my thinking.

State Capitol Room 323 North - PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708

(888) 534-0075

Email: Rep.Quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov

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