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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."