Gov. Scott Walker has signed into a bill creating a program that gives employers layoff alternatives and another bill benefiting the Wisconsin Ducks.
The first bill Walker signed Friday creates a work-share program that gives employers an alternative to laying off employees when work slows. Under that program, instead of laying off a few workers, hours for groups of employees would be reduced. Those affected could collect unemployment, paid for by the federal government.
The program will be in effect by the end of the year.
Walker says, "Instead of getting a pink slip during an economic downturn, workers now have an opportunity to stay on the job and receive unemployment benefits for the hours they lose."
The second bill Walker signed Friday would allow the military-style amphibious vehicle known as the Wisconsin Duck, popular with tourists in Wisconsin Dells, to travel up to five miles on land instead of just two before they would have to be registered as a vehicle and not a boat.
The vehicles have wheels and can operate on land but are shaped more like a boat and also float on water. They can carry up to 10 passengers and have been popular with sightseeing tourists for years.
Walker says he is pleased to sign a bill that modernizes the law for a part of the state's tourism industry.