Assembly to vote on conservation corps, class time, lemonade stands, rental regulations

Assembly to vote on conservation corps, class time, lemonade stands, rental regulations

The state Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would re-establish the Wisconsin Conservation Corps.

Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and GOP lawmakers eliminated the corps in 2003. Republican Rep. Jeff Mursau’s bill calls for the state Department of Administration to shift $400,000 from other state agencies to fund grants for organizations looking to complete conservation projects on public or tribal land.

Workers would have to be between the ages of 16 and 25 and least half of the workers on a project couldn’t hold a college degree or come from a family that makes more than 200 percent of the federal poverty line. The workers would be eligible for money through the federal AmeriCorps program.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

Assembly to vote on schools providing less class time

The state Assembly is poised to consider a bill that would allow dozens of southeastern Wisconsin school districts to teach less if they perform well.

The Republican proposal would create a pilot program in which school districts that earn “significantly exceeds expectations” or “exceeds expectations” ratings on annual school report cards wouldn’t have to follow state mandates for minimum hours of direct student instruction.

Forty school districts across Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Outagamie, Washington, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties would be eligible to participate in the program.

The Assembly was scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday.

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on legalizing lemonade stands

The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would legalize children’s lemonade stands.

The Republican bill would allow a minor to operate a temporary food stand without a local permit or license or a state food processing or retail food establishment license. The stand can’t generate more than $1,000 in annual sales, however, and must be operated on a temporary basis on private property.

The measure’s author, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, says was driven to draft the bill by a media report of Appleton police shutting down two pre-teen girls’ lemonade stand in 2011.

The Assembly is expected to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the measure to the state Senate.

Assembly to vote on bill relaxing rental regulations

The Wisconsin Assembly is set to take up a bill that would relax local regulations on landlords.

Under the bill, local governments could establish rental property inspection programs only in blighted areas and areas with numerous complaints, decreasing property values or increases in single-family home conversions to rental units. If an inspection doesn’t reveal a violation or the violation is corrected within a month further inspections would be prohibited for five years.

Local governments would be prohibited from enacting ordinances based on a building’s aesthetics. Stays of eviction for tenants applying for emergency assistance would be limited to 10 days. Landlords could charge potential tenants $5 more for credit reports and charge out-of-staters up to $25 for a background check.

The Assembly is set to vote on the measure Tuesday.