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DBA Seeks to Join Lawsuits Over HCW Permits

Jan. 6., 2017

The high capacity well (HCW) permitting process had been mired in delays. Last year, Atty. Gen. Brad Schimel provided clarity by spelling out the limits of the DNR’s authority to regulate HCWs. Unfortunately, some object to what the Attorney General did. Clean Wisconsin has filed eight separate lawsuits challenging HCW permits. DBA recognizes how important a predictable HCW permitting system is for the dairy community. For that reason, together with other similar groups, we’ve filed a petition and brief in support of our request to participate in these suits as an intervenor. This would allow us to better tell our story about why a reasonable HCW permitting system is both important and legally necessary.

 

DBA Support Business Court Pilot and Judicial Pay Increase

Jan. 3., 2017

DBA joined other business groups in a letter to Governor Walker supporting the new three-year business court pilot project. This effort, which will be focused in Waukesha County and the Eighth Judicial District in northeastern Wisconsin, will explore what the benefits of a having a dedicated commercial case docket. The hope is it will help to resolve commercial cases more quickly, saving businesses and the courts valuable time and money. In the same letter, DBA showed support for judicial pay increase proposed by Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, which is meant to attract and retain more highly-qualified judges.

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