Plan to exempt sand project from DNR requirements collapses in Senate

A plan to grant environmental exemptions for a $70 million sand processing project in western Wisconsin fizzled after the state Senate declined to take up the measure on the last day of floor action. The exemptions were written for Meteor Timber, an Atlanta-based company that wants to build a processing plant and rail spur in Monroe County. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bill barring state agencies from working with companies boycotting Israel passes Senate


A Wisconsin bill prohibiting state agencies from contracting with companies boycotting Israel passed the State Senate Tuesday. Any company providing materials, supplies, equipment or services to state agencies would be compelled to stop participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. > Badger Herald


Johnson talks school safety, Trump’s tariffs plan

In an exclusive interview with CBS 58 Milwaukee, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson discussed school safety, saying he’s supportive of arming specific teachers, and addressed President Trump’s tariffs plan which is set to go into effect on Friday. You can watch the interview here.

Wisconsin Senate approves tax cut, juvenile justice overhaul


The Wisconsin Senate gave bipartisan approval to a $100 per-child tax rebate and unanimously passed a juvenile justice overhaul that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison and replace it with smaller facilities, breaking an impasse Tuesday that had put both bills in jeopardy. > AP News

Senate approves $6.8 million to expand out-of-state advertising campaign

A $6.8 million boost to a state advertising campaign seeking to entice millennials to move to Wisconsin is headed to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. The Senate voted 17-15 Monday, with one dissenting Republican, to approve the additional funds, while Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) called the effort a “waste.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Judge allows challenge to DNR settlement on factory farm rules


A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge is allowing several environmental groups to challenge a settlement between the state Department of Natural Resources and the Dairy Business Association. > Wisconsin Public Radio