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6/25/2020
Cowles/Nygren Applaud Action by the NRB on PFAS Firefighting Foam "I’m pleased to see a unanimous support by the NRB to begin the rulemaking process. This effort was a long-time in the making, and despite the initial reluctance by Governor Evers’ DNR appointees, we found common ground in this positive step and moved the process forward."
6/24/2020
Lawless Actions in Madison Despicable “If the Madison PD is handcuffed from doing their job by local politics, the Governor must take control and call in the National Guard to protect the right to of those wishing to peaceably assemble while controlling the lawlessness that has posed threats to public safety and property."
6/19/2020
Thompson an Ideal Choice for the UW-System “Filling Ray Cross’s shoes was always going to be a tall order. As the Regents continue their search for a long-term President, the interim pick of Thompson is a praiseworthy choice that will continue building on the value that our cherished higher education institutions bring to Wisconsin.”
6/10/2020
Cowles’ Encourages Applicants for Farm and Small Business Assistance Programs “The economic toll from COVID-19 is tough, but Wisconsin is tougher. Neither of these programs are perfect, and there’s no guarantee that everyone who applies will receive assistance, nor can the payments fully cover the lost opportunities and continued expenses. But every little bit helps."
6/3/2020
Shawano Lake, Following Today’s FERC Decision, Will Be Ready for Safer Recreation this Summer “I continue to be proud of the partnership that’s been formed in Shawano which has led to the latest temporary approval by FERC to raise the water levels. Shawano Lake is a pristine recreation hub to visit and a fun and relaxing place to call home."
5/28/2020
Kaukauna Joins Green Bay with an Approved Plan to Reduce Lead-Laden Water “I’m very proud to see another community in the 2nd Senate District successfully pursue a plan that doesn’t just help residents with lead laterals, but benefits the entire community as public health improves, creating long-term economic savings, and long-term costs to the utility also may decrease."
5/26/2020
More Solar Developments Shine a Light on Wisconsin’s Energy Future “This announcement further reinforces that markets are making more sustainable, secure, and reliable energy infrastructure not only feasible, but desirable. Alliant’s plan to add 675 MW to the progress already made is a welcome building block in creating a stronger, cheaper energy future.”
5/21/2020
PSC Approves Green Bay Water’s Lead Removal Plan "This plan doesn’t just help residents with lead laterals, but the entire community will benefit as public health improves, creating long-term economic savings, and Utility costs decrease as anti-corrosive materials become less necessary and newer infrastructure reduces the risk of failures."
5/18/2020
Gallagher/Cowles Call on Evers to Aid Brown County’s COVID-19 Response Efforts "While other governments with sizable outbreaks have received direct aid to assist in their ability to respond, Brown County has been left to pick-up the tab on their own, hindering their ability to create a more robust response and potentially leading to impacts for other governmental functions."
4/28/2020
Reopening of State Parks a Promising Step “Sunshine and fresh air aren’t only important for our physical health, but also our mental wellbeing. This decision isn’t only in the best interest of residents, but it is also the latest sign that Wisconsin is beginning to turn the dial towards a reasonable, yet timely loosening of restrictions."
4/22/2020
Plan to Improve Safety and Navigation On and Under the HHH Bridge Approved “Too often, in a battle between logic and bureaucracy, the bureaucracy wins. Thanks to advocacy by the County and local residents over the past year, that’s not the case for the HHH bridge. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to support this local effort and shepherd the message to the DOT."
4/15/2020
COVID-19 Response Bolstered by Bipartisan Effort “The bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate today is a measured approach that supplements recent federal action as we look to lessen the blow on households, businesses, schools, patients, and local governments."
4/13/2020
Cowles Working to Include Accountability and Oversight Measures in COVID-19 Legislation “It’s my belief that this analysis will help Wisconsin better prepare for future emergency responses by improving distribution systems and expanding recordkeeping procedures while ensuring we account for any mismanagement or misappropriations of funding."
3/26/2020
Applauds Action by Board of Nursing on COVID-19 “As Wisconsin health care providers and hospital administrators navigate this unprecedented event, I’m very pleased to see the Board of Nursing work to react in real time to the circumstances presented by this public health emergency."
3/3/2020
State Aid Restored to Freedom Schools Under New Law "For this low-spending district, the statutory hiccup had adverse impacts in classrooms from kindergarten to 12th grade. I’m happy to see yet another example of a district-driven effort signed into law, and it pleases me to know that Freedom schools will soon be operating at full volume."
3/3/2020
Innovative Nonpoint Source Pollution Solution Signed into Law "By bringing more farmers to the table and incentivizing them to implement proven land conservation strategies, coupled with the opportunity for industry to comply with permits in a more cost effective manner, this new law has the potential to make a positive impact on our environment and economy."
3/3/2020
Bringing Condo Association Leadership to the Table “By establishing a statutory process that gives unit owners a seat at the table when condo associations are obstructing unit owners’ ability to maintain their condos or when unit owners question decisions that affect their property, we can ensure that Wisconsinites’ property rights are protected."
3/3/2020
Third Bill from the ‘Bite Back’ Package Signed into Law "I’ve personally seen the impact that Lyme disease can have on someone’s life. I’m proud to see a third bill from this package signed into law, and I hope in the years ahead that we will see the impact of increased awareness and prevention among Wisconsin residents.”
3/3/2020
Legislation Designed to Deter ‘Swatting’ Becomes Law "By increasing the penalties for those who decide to make swatting calls, we can help reduce the frequency of these dangerous pranks and that the legal penalties align with the seriousness of the crime."
2/20/2020
Assembly Approves Five Cowles’ Bills “From protecting the property rights of condo owners to raising the awareness and prevention of Lyme disease to supporting the restoration of state aid to the Freedom School District, I’m happy to see three bills I’ve authored head to the Governor’s desk."
2/18/2020
Assembly Advances Pollution Prevention Partnerships Bill "By bringing more farmers to the table to implement proven land conservation strategies, coupled with the opportunity for industry to comply with permits in a more cost effective manner, this bill has the potential to make a positive impact on our state’s environment and economy."
2/18/2020
Children’s Health Wins the Support of Assembly "With the SCHOOL Act, the Assembly has advanced a bipartisan solution to give our youth a brighter future by reducing lead exposure and giving parents and guardians the peace-of-mind that their kids won’t drink lead-laden water while at school.”
2/12/2020
JFC Rejects Locating a Youth Prison in Hortonia "I shared the concerns of these residents with members of the Joint Finance Committee, and I applaud them for listening and choosing to vote to reject this site. In doing so, JFC members stood with the over 700 citizens of Hortonia who signed a petition in opposition to this site."
2/6/2020
Bill to Prevent PFAS Pollution Signed into Law "Real environmental progress often comes one step at a time. I’m pleased that the Governor weighed the merits of this bill over misleading and false political rhetoric when deciding to sign this into law.”
2/5/2020
Water Quality Efforts Move Ahead in Senate Committee After two public hearings last week and an executive session followed by a public hearing today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy has moved twelve efforts from the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality ahead. Four of the bills are led by Cowles in the Senate.
2/5/2020
New Law will Further Revitalize Our State Parks “The water facility and infrastructure upgrades that will be completed will help to protect the health of millions of State Park visitors, preserve water quality in these pristine landscapes, and improve the experiences of those enjoying our public lands for decades to come."
2/3/2020
Focusing In on PFAS Pollution in Wisconsin "The public data provided in these bills will help the Legislature and the DNR to create more sound policies that protect waterbodies, promote public health, and coordinate with our business community and municipal utilities."
1/22/2020
SCHOOL Act Recommended for Passage by Senate Committee “After working with numerous stakeholders in recent weeks to address the constructive feedback provided at the hearing, these policies have been improved with amendments that provide the flexibility necessary for local decisions while still ensuring that children’s health is the top priority."
1/21/2020
Parks Revitalization Act 2.0 Passes the Assembly “The water facility and infrastructure upgrades that would be completed under the Parks Revitalization Act 2.0 will help to protect the health of millions of State Park visitors, preserve water quality in these pristine landscapes, and improve the experiences of those enjoying our public lands."
1/21/2020
Bill to Prevent PFAS Pollution Passes the Legislature "While Senate Bill 310 isn’t the whole answer to PFAS contamination in Wisconsin, coming together and finding common solutions to address this issue must start with restrictions on the use of PFAS firefighting foams that will prevent more pollution.”
1/21/2020
Bringing Condo Association Leadership to the Table “By establishing a statutory process that gives unit owners a seat at the table when condo associations are obstructing unit owner’s ability to maintain their condos or when unit owners question decisions that affect their property, we can ensure that Wisconsinites’ property rights are protected."
1/21/2020
Senate Votes to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure “Senate Bill 424 looks to give our youth a brighter future by reducing lead exposure and giving parents and guardians the peace-of-mind that their kids will drink clean, safe water when they leave the house in the morning."
1/21/2020
Two Bills from the ‘Bite Back’ Package Signed into Law "The problem of Lyme disease is growing and shows no signs of slowing as the number of cases annually has doubled in the past decade. I’m proud to see these two bills signed into law, and I hope that more of this package will receive a vote in the Assembly before the Session is adjourned.”
1/16/2020
Promoting a Smart Approach to Reduce Flooding Events “Better preparation for flooding events today can help to save millions of dollars in damages tomorrow. This legislation simply ensures that we’re promoting preparedness through conservation while still ensuring that each project is in our community’s and our environment’s best interest."
1/15/2020
Cowles’ Statement on Assembly’s Veto Override Attempt “While the original bipartisan Assembly vote (66-31) to send this bill to the Senate, and ultimately to Governor Evers’s desk, would have been enough to override a veto, this effort was thwarted by politics and failed along party lines."
1/8/2020
Bill to Prevent PFAS Pollution Passes Senate Committee "This bill creates the necessary balance between reducing the dangers to human health and negative environmental footprint these chemicals pose while also preserving the ability of first responders to use an extremely effective tool to fight flammable liquid fires."