Assembly Bill 463 – Authored by Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz)
Senate Bill 368 – Authored by Sen. Neil Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) and Sen. Dale Schultz (D-Richland Center)
Senate Bill 368 passed the Senate on February 15, 2012 with a vote of 17-15.
The bill was then sent to the Assembly where it passed by voice vote on February 21, 2012.
2011 Act 118 was signed into law by Governor Walker on February 29, 2012.
Assembly Bill 463 and its companion, Senate Bill 368, would help streamline the permitting process of projects that impact a wetland. This legislation allows for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to concentrate their time and efforts on highly environmentally sensitive wetlands instead of marginal wetlands. This legislation would help to protect the highly environmentally senstive wetlands as well as protect habitat for various animal and aquatic species.