Assembly to vote on giving lawmakers oversight for state agency rules


The Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would make it harder for state agencies to approve new rules, giving legislators the power to reject new administrative rules that would cost an industry or business more than $10 million over two years. Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Walker. > Beloit Daily News

FCC Chairman takes on net neutrality during Wisconsin visit


The battle over net neutrality stepped up this week in Wisconsin as the chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai met with broadband and broadcasting executives and Sen. Ron Johnson in Milwaukee. Pai and the FCC aim to ditch the controversial rules passed two years ago requiring internet providers to treat all traffic the same. > Wisconsin Public Radio

New GOP bill pushes ‘no license’ requirement for all Wisconsin bakeries


The Wisconsin Senate is trying to eliminate licensing for home bakers who sell less than $7,500 a year. But a new Assembly bill seeks to eliminate licensing for all bakeries in the state. It’s part of the Republican aim to reduce or eliminate licensing for barbers, cosmetologists and other service-industry professionals. > Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Judge hears challenge to Wisconsin’s homemade bakery ban

Wisconsin is one of only two states that prohibit the sale of home-baked items but a case in front of Lafayette County Judge Duane Jorgensen might change that. The ruling is expected May 31.  >  Beloit Daily News

Two dozen layers of federal regs are impeding scientists, says UW Chancellor

Speaking to the U.S. Senate committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Wednesday, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said regulations have been added year by year until there are now as many as 23 layers of administrative responsibilities tied to federal research grants.  > The Cap Times

Lawmakers propose they hold approval rights on agency rules costing $10 million or more

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have revived the so-called REINS Act, which would require legislative approval for any agency rule that would cost businesses or taxpayers more than $10 million. Opponents argue it devalues state agency expertise and opens up rules to politics, lobbyists, and partisan gridlock.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin among 14 states defending executive order to reduce regulation

Attorney General Brad Schimel and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are leading a 14-state coalition urging a federal court to uphold the “1-in-2-out” rule, which aims to eliminate unnecessary and costly regulation by requiring the federal government to do away with two regulations for every new rule it creates.  >  Wisconsin Dept. of Justice press release