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In the first week of 2016, 13 bills authored by State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) moved forward in Senate and Assembly committees (SB 147, SB 288, SB 243, SB 432, SB 375, SB 403, SB 437, SB 445, SB 464, AB 523, AB 582, AB 583, AB 600).

'These bills aren't meant to just fill up the statute books, these are good-government reforms meant to help free citizens live freely, lessening the burden of overbearing government regulations,' said Lasee.

The bills span a wide array, among the most popular are:

✔ SB 288, commonly referred to as the 'Nuclear Moratorium Bill' was heard in the Senate's Natural Resources and Energy Committee. The bill amends Wisconsin's energy priorities policy, which have effectively amounted to a ban on nuclear energy. The bill has been a great litmus test for environmentalists; if global warming is a serious concern, then nuclear energy's zero carbon emissions should be an option. It's already passed unanimously in the Assembly and continues to move forward in the Senate.

✔ SB 445, termed the 'Landlord-Tenant Bill', was designed, as a technical fix for imbalances between renters and landlords and to both protect and clarify property owner's and renter's rights. A related provision within the bill that has drawn ire (partly through misinterpretation) is the historic preservation portion.

'This bill is about citizens making decisions about their own property. Government shouldn't be able to designate someone's home, business or other building as a historic landmark without the owner's consent. How would you feel if you woke up one day and found your house subject to 40 pages of rules and regulations? Burdensome regulations that require you to get permission from a government committee to improve your house, get approval for paint color, or the style and brand of windows you buy?' asked Senator Lasee.

✔ SB 464 and AB 600, bills making-up Senator Lasee's Private Property Rights Package, were heard in hearings and drew a packed crowd. The two bills are a package aimed at fine-tuning state law to re-establish the rights property owners should have on their own property. The package addresses many well-intentioned regulations that have been expanded by agencies and local governments well beyond their initial intent which has stifled economic growth and eroded private property rights.

'Though continually mischaracterized and demagogued, these bills are a well-balanced and reasoned approach. Everyone won't agree with meaningful change, that is often the case, and I'm okay with that, maybe even thankful.

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