Wednesday, March 7, 2012

GOP bid to block wind power rules fails - JSOnline

GOP bid to block wind power rules fails - JSOnline
By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
Madison - Rules for the wind industry crafted when Democrats ran state government will likely go into effect after a Republican effort to block them failed Wednesday in the state Senate.
The Public Service Commission wrote the rules, but Republicans temporarily stopped them when they took over the Legislature in the November 2010 elections. To permanently prevent the rules from going into effect, they needed to pass a bill by next week, when the legislative session ends.
Senate Republicans put forward a bill requiring the PSC to write new wind rules, but they pulled the bill back Wednesday because they didn't have the votes. Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) said there was no way to get the measure passed and that the old rules would go into effect.
Republicans control the Senate 17-16. All the Democrats and Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) opposed blocking the rules, meaning Republicans were one vote shy of passing it. Read More Here | JSOnline