Addressing Dane County Population Growth
2017 Assembly Bill 836 (Act 207)
This would update references in state statutes to reflect current population numbers and prevent numerous laws designed specifically for Milwaukee County from being applied to Dane County. In the next census, Dane County will surpass 500,000 residents and would, without this change, be subject to laws written for application only in Milwaukee County, which has for almost a century been the only county in Wisconsin with a population greater than 500,000.
AB 836 updates over 200 references in state statutes, raising population thresholds from 500,000 to 750,000 to ensure that the status quo continues for laws as they apply to Dane County while making no changes to what current laws apply to Milwaukee County. It makes no changes to current powers or duties of county and local government in Wisconsin.