Legislative Council moves proposed MFL changes to the Legislature

Yesterday morning, the Legislative Council met regarding the proposed changes to the MFL. The Council voted to allow full consideration by the Assembly and Senate as a single bill. That is, instead of seven different changes moving through the legislative process, the changes will be combined into one. When I know more about committee assignments […]

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Presentation(s) on proposed changes to the MFL

UPDATED Mar 23–There are lots of changes packed into the Legislative Council Special Committee recommendations on the MFL (see this post and this other one). The path to passage is unclear (given everything else), but folks with an interest in private lands, forest management, local government, and economic development should pay attention and, more importantly, […]

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More on Collective Bargaining and Forest Certification

Late last week, I had a conversation with a colleague at the DNR who is looking further into how the budget repair bill might affect the status of forest certification (past post). The bill is currently awaiting final action by the Wisconsin Senate. The proposed Legislation does not ‘end’ collective bargaining by public employees, but […]

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Wisconsin Politics: Collective Bargaining, Forest Certification, Foresters, and Forest Workers

Wisconsin has become a battleground over public employee unions, collective bargaining, and public finances (local coverage). It is also true that other dimensions are purely political: public employees overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates and the Republicans in control see an opportunity for political advantage in the future. Extension Colleagues Anna Haines and John Duplissis (both UW-Stevens […]

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Legislative Council Votes

Last week, the Special Committee to Review the MFL [link broken] voted on all seven proposed changes. The outcomes were (if memory serves me right–IT DIDN’T) as follows. Please note that specific language was changed for some proposals, but there general intent remained. [PASSED] Allow leasing of MFL land for recreational activities [PASSED] Allow for easier […]

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Legislative Council Votes

Last week, the Special Committee to Review the MFL voted on all seven proposed changes. The outcomes were (if memory serves me right–IT DIDN’T) as follows. Please note that specific language was changed for some proposals, but there general intent remained. [PASSED] Allow leasing of MFL land for recreational activities [PASSED] Allow for easier additions […]

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