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How a fast-tracked bill got stopped in its tracks


Wisconsin dairy cows in large animal feeding operation
Wisconsin dairy CAFO (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

A fast-tracked bill that would have given farm groups a virtual veto power over changes to a Wisconsin rule governing large livestock farms has run aground over a one-word change.

The bill, AB-894 in the Assembly and SB-808 in the Senate, was introduced on Feb. 10 and the subject of a joint Assembly-Senate public hearing on Feb. 13. It appeared destined for swift Senate passage after making it out of  the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions on a party-line 5-4 vote. 

Instead, it was…



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