Over the last two weeks, the governor has been traveling around the state signing bills, including one of my own, SB 375. However, with all the bills that were sent to the governor recently, there were bound to be a few that would meet his veto pen. Below is a summary of some of the vetoes. As always, please feel free to email me your thoughts on his actions.
AB 757 – Illegal Alien Hires and Food Processing Tax Credits (Partial Veto)
This bill gives a tax credit to companies to help them expand their food processing operations here in Wisconsin. However, before it was signed into law, the governor vetoed a provision in the bill that would have prohibited companies who hire illegal aliens from receiving the credit.
SB 434 – Sale of Raw Milk (Full Veto)
This bill would have allowed for the temporary sale of raw milk (unpasteurized), directly to consumers from farmers. In his veto message, the governor stated that allowing the sale of such a product would have affected public health and that an outbreak would have damaged Wisconsin’s dairy industry. However, he stated that he does support a taskforce put together by the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protections (DATCP) to look into what regulations would be required to permit limited sales of raw milk in the future.
SB 616 – Mandated Green Government Facilities (Full Veto)
This bill would have required that any future construction or renovation of a state government facility, including local government buildings and schools, meet strict new green environmental standards. Even minor repairs of facilities would have been required to meet these standards, exponentially increasing the costs of those projects. As the governor noted “It would result in all current maintenance projects being delayed indefinitely. (The bill) will also sharply curtail the state’s ability to build new buildings or maintain its existing facilities.”
SB 530 – Auto Loans and Payday Regulations (Partial Veto)
This bill put various regulations on payday loan companies in Wisconsin. Part of the bill limited the amount of a loan consumers could receive and what type of payday loan they could get. Using his veto pen, the governor vetoed out part of a sentence to prohibit all title loans in Wisconsin.