Bill May Face a Full Senate Vote as Early as March 11
The threat to local control over the frac sand industry in the Wisconsin State Legislature has returned. Senate Bill 632/Assembly Bill 816 would severely limit the rights of local communities to protect themselves from the destructive impacts of frac sand mining, processing and transportation. This troubling bill was introduced last week, after earlier legislation threatening local control (SB 349) was met with intense grassroots opposition last fall. SB 632/AB 816 is moving quickly; it was passed by the State Senate mining committee on March 5 and may face a vote in the full Senate as early as Tuesday, March 11. Action is needed now to defeat it.
The Land Stewardship Project opposes corporate-backed attempts to strip away local control, and fights to protect the right of people to have a say at the local level on what happens in their communities. Standing up for local control is an essential part of working for justice for people and the land, a sustainable food and farming system, and a more democratic society. If you live in Wisconsin, please take action on this issue today, and share this message with others.
Call your State Senator and Assembly Representative today and ask them to stand up for local control in Wisconsin and vote NO on SB 632/AB 816. You can find your legislators’ contact information here.
Please also take a moment to contact these legislators, who are likely to be key votes on the bill:
- Senator Sheila Harsdorf (District 10 – River Falls), 608-266-7745, Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wisconsin.gov
- Senator Jerry Petrowski (District 29 – Marathon), 608-266-2502, Sen.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov
- Senator Terry Moulton (District 23 – Chippewa Falls), 608-266-7511, Sen.Moulton@legis.wisconsin.gov
- Senator Dale Schultz (District 17 – Richland Center), 608-266-0703, Sen.Schultz@legis.wisconsin.gov
- Representative Warren Petryk (District 93 – Eleva), 608-266-0660, Rep.Petryk@legis.wisconsin.gov
See this fact sheet from our friends at Wisconsin Farmers Union for details on how SB 632/AB 816 threatens local control.
To learn more about LSP’s work to oppose frac sand mining and development and how you can stand up against the corporate interests pushing this destructive industry on rural communities, contact Johanna Rupprecht (email@example.com) or Doug Nopar (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 507-523-3366.