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Wisconsin Assembly passes state constitutional amendment to limit diversity efforts in government

A proposed constitutional amendment supported by Republicans that attempts to limit diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by local and state government in Wisconsin has passed the Assembly, the first in several steps before it could be enacted.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A constitutional amendment supported by Republicans that attempts to limit diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Wisconsin won approval on Feb. 15 in the state Assembly.

The measure is the latest effort targeting DEI efforts nationwide, but it is a long way from becoming law in Wisconsin. It must also pass the Senate in 2024 and then the full Legislature in the next session before it would go to a statewide vote to be added to the Wisconsin Constitution.

The Senate is only expected to be in session a couple more days before ending its work for the year in March.

Wisconsin Republicans have been proposing more constitutional amendments because they don’t require a sign off from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. He has vetoed more bills than any other governor in state history, serving as a block on the agenda of Republicans who have strong majorities in the Legislature....

The proposal passed Feb. 15 would prohibit state and local governments, including the Universities of Wisconsin and local school districts, from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to anybody on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. It requires hiring decisions to be based on “merit, fairness and equality,” a term conservatives have used as a counter to DEI.

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Ken Notes: The Michigan Amendment is "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."

Wisconsin`s proposed amendment seems more targeted and restrictive. and calls out, "the state, its political subdivisions including municipalities, the University of Wisconsin System, the Technical College System, any public college or university, any public school district, and any office, department, independent agency, board, commission, authority, institution, association, society, or other body in state or local government."

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Wisconsin judge rejects attempt to overturn factory farm regulations

Ruling allows DNR to continue requiring pollution permits for large-scale livestock operations.

A lawsuit filed by industrial agriculture advocates that sought to eliminate environmental protections in Wisconsin state law has been defeated in court. A Calumet County judge ruled on January 30 in favor of state statutes that empower the Department of Natural Resources to require pollution permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The suit was opposed by groups working to protect Wisconsin’s water, including the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Midwest Environmental Advocates, and Clean Wisconsin.

“This ruling not only upholds critical clean water protections, but also reinforces the imperative of responsible practices in agriculture,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. “The current rules create transparency and ensure that CAFOs are accountable, not only to regulators, but also to their neighbors, who have a right to know that CAFOs are operating responsibly.”

CAFOs have become a big issue in Wisconsin over the past two decades...

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Ken Notes: Good news, but just the beginning of this issue. Watch for appeals, legislative agendas, and lobbying at all levels of government to support factory farming. While CAFO`s could digest and heat the effluent, it is cheaper to use lots of water to dilute manure and then pump it onto our fields. The DNR tries to keep this out of our watershed but has little enforcement, few inspectors, and no ability to require better treatment. We need sound policy based on great models that we know work.

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Note: I changed the link here to Toms Twitter account. JS limits the number of articles I can read so I look at TD`s Twitter feed every week. I`ll Still include JS articles but after ten you need to subscribe.

I also updated the picture because, well Tom is getting old and development is taking it`s toll!!!

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