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Legislative Session Results

Friday, April 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shawn Sornson, WPHA Office
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Preserving and promoting public health is a year-round proposition, and as every WPHA and WALHDAB member knows all too well, there is no hiatus from building healthier communities. The State Legislature works a bit differently. While the business of law making is also a demanding endeavor, there is always an end date in sight. In fact, the Legislature has adjourned for the 2013-14 session and won’t reconvene until January 2015.  Legislators and candidates across the state have now shifted their focus to the campaign season and the November elections.

However, before WPHA and WALHDAB members look ahead, it’s important to pause and examine our successes and challenges during the recently concluded legislative session. Our biggest legislative achievement was passage of the Healthy Jobs Act, which will provide $15 million over the next five years to help small businesses establish employee wellness programs. The WALHDAB-WPHA Public Affairs Team also succeeded on our other top legislative priority – defeat of the Raw Milk bill, which aimed to legalize the sale of ram milk in Wisconsin.

While much of WPHA-WALHDAB’s legislative efforts were focused on the top two legislative goals described above, the Public Affairs Team also tracked and lobbied on a number of other public health-related bills – all of which can be reviewed on the WALHDAB-WPHA Legislative Grid.

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