PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT
When I was about eight years old, I had a copy of "50 Simple Things Kids Can do To Save The Earth." I learned that I could make a difference by doing small things like reducing waste, recycling, and walking instead of taking a car places. I was hooked. I remember coming back from a bike ride with a friend and we had filled both our backpacks with cans and bottles we found along the trail. The next ride, I carried an extra bag so I wouldn't wreck another backpack. I learned then that those small actions, combined with the actions of others across the globe, could have a huge impact. Environmental activism was my pathway into getting more involved in my community and making the connection between what happens to our planet and the laws that allow them to happen.
From getting the lead out of our water to celebrating National Clean Energy Week by committing Wisconsin to a clean energy future, we cannot afford to wait to act on climate change and bring our state into a sustainable energy future.
Here is the current legislation I have sponsored to protect our environment. All of these bills are currently in committee.
SB253: Wisconsin Renewable Energy Development Authority: similar to the state’s housing authority, this would provide energy-related loans and grants, as well as implementing other energy-related programs.
AB409: and its companion SB370, Tax Credit to Get the Lead Out: creates a nonrefundable tax credit for costs paid to eliminate exposure to a lead hazard in a dwelling.
SB423: Loans to get the lead out: provides loans for lead remediation in schools and testing of potable water sources in certain schools.
SB424: Testing to get the lead out: requires testing for lead in drinking water in recreational and educational camps and child care.
AB399: Bonding to get the lead out: granting authority for bonding of lead service line replacement.
The legis.wisconsin.gov website list includes a list of all of the legislation I’ve introduced this session, where you can search for legislation based on keyword, topic, or bill number, and see committee schedules.