Assembly Bill 248 – Authored by Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon)
Senate Bill 181 – Authored by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls)
The Assembly passed Assembly Bill 248 on October 20, 2011.
Assembly Bill 248 was then passed in the Senate on October 25, 2011 with a vote of 33-0.
2011 Wisconsin Act 58 was signed into law by Governor Walker on November 9, 2011.
2011 Wisconsin Act 58 allows for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue oversized load permits for the transportation of hay or straw. These loads cannot exceed fifteen feet in height, except in urban areas, where the limit is fourteen feet six inches.
Previous state law prohibited DOT from issuing permits for oversized or overweight loads that can be reasonably divided.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation supported this legislation in order to accomodate modern equipment.