. . ."I'm sure you hear plenty about special interests and campaign donors receiving favors from elected officials. Well, this week brought us what may be one of the most blatant examples of that we've ever seen.
In a move that puts all of Brown County wetlands at risk, Special Session Assembly Bill 10 is an exemption from statewide wetlands protections for one developer–a developer who happens to be a major campaign contributor to Governor Scott Walker.
As hunters, anglers, birders, hikers and more, you know all too well that wetlands are critical for flood prevention, water purification, and wildlife habitat."
The bill is on a fast track at the request of Gov. Walker's office. "The full Assembly will take up SS AB 10 next Wednesday. Call your Representative and let them know you don't want to see a Wisconsin wetland destroyed for a single developer!
There will also be a Senate hearing on the bill Tuesday Feb. 1 at 11:00 am in room 330 SW of the State Capitol Building, so please come and testify!"
At the hearing room, you can register to testify for/against the bill, or you can simply fill out a slip to indicate your objection to the bill, and hand the slip to the clerk. It's best to arrive a few minutes early to fill out your slip.
Proposed site, to lower right of interchange.Lambeau Field, far right. Click to enlarge.
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- The above quotes are from the League for Conservation Voters.
- Their testimony at the last hearing.
- Sierra Club's position on the issue.
- News story, Jan. 28: A business intended for the wetland site pulls out (to avoid environmental damage), but Republicans still want to ram the "special earmark" bill through.
- Blog post about this issue: "The car dealer's wetland scam."
- Map showing location of proposed wetland fill