Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association
The Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association has been actively involved in the following state legislative issues since January 2011. If you have any questions regarding any of these issues, please contact the WCA at www.wisconsincattlemen.com .
2011-12 State Budget Bill
Stand Alone Legislation
Health Savings Account Legislation. On January 25, Governor Walker signed his first piece of legislation, a special session bill that allows a state tax deduction for contributions made to health savings accounts. These accounts allow taxpayers to make pre-tax contributions to accounts that will then be used to cover future health expenses. The new law applies to this tax year and will benefit taxpayers on returns filed in 2012. The legislation brings Wisconsin into line with the federal law and with 46 other states.
ATCP 50 – Technical Standards for Implementation of Nonpoint Source Pollution Program. At the end of the last session, the DNR finished promulgating new performance standards for nonpoint source discharges of Phosphorus and Nitrogen. Now, the DATCP must promulgate the “technical” or “conservation” standards that farmers will use to meet those new performance standards. WCA expects to see movement on this rule by DATCP in the second half of 2011.
ATCP 51 – Technical Revision of Livestock Facility Siting Rule. As is required by law, the DATCP is engaged in a mandatory technical review of Wisconsin’s livestock facility siting law, ATCP 51. This technical review is required every 4 years. The DATCP put together an advisory committee in 2010 to review the rule, but, the status of their work remains unclear. WCA expects the new DATCP to tackle this rulemaking in a more targeted manner in late 2011 or early 2012.
NR 850 & 856 – Water Use Registration & Reporting. The State of Wisconsin embarked on the creation of a new statewide water use registration and reporting system as a part of its enactment of the Great Lakes Compact. If you have a water supply system that meets certain criteria, you may have recently received a notice from the DNR indicating that you have an obligation to register, report and remit a water use fee to the DNR. These requirements are part of two new administrative rules, NR 850, Water Use Fees, and NR 856, Water Use Registration and Reporting, which became effective in January 2011. NR 856, requires every person, statewide, who has a “water use system” with the capacity to withdraw more than 100,000 gallons of water per day (i.e., 70 gallons per minute) in any 30 day period to register their water withdrawal with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). In addition, they must annually report their actual monthly withdrawal amounts to the WDNR. This requirement applies to both surface water and groundwater withdrawals. Under NR 850, every person, statewide, who has a water use system with the capacity to withdraw more than “100,000 gallons [of water] per day or more in any 30-day period” is required to pay an annual fee of $125. This fee applies regardless of whether 100,000 gallons is actually withdrawn and applies uniformly across the state to anyone who meets the capacity threshold.
Contact Information for
Jordan Lamb at