The happenings "inside" the Wisconsin State Treasury and across the street at the State Capitol

Governor signs AB 275

At 9:30 this morning, AB 275 cleared its last hurdle. In a private ceremony in his office, Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law. As was mentioned in previous posts (links at bottom), AB 275 will allow the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to make revenue obligation loans in addition to the general obligation loans that the Board already makes. This gives municipalities more options to choose from when deciding how to finance projects, and could increase the number of loans made by the BCPL, thus potentially increasing BCPL’s contribution to the Common School Trust Fund (which provides money to public school libraries).

I believe I speak for my fellow commissioners, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Secretary of State Doug LaFollette when I congratulate everyone involved in this bi-partisan legislation. BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson and Deputy Secretary Tom German were present at every stage of this bill’s life, from inception to signing. They are to be commended. AB 275’s authors and co-sponsors also deserve special recognition:

Assembly author: Rep. Ed Brooks (R-50)

Assembly Co-sponsors: Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-77), Rep Howard Marklein (R-51), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-78), Rep. Joe Knilans (R-44), Rep. Janet Bewley (D-74), Rep. Scott Krug (R-72), Rep. Cory Mason (D-62), Rep. Al Ott (R-3), Rep. Robert Turner (D-61), Rep. Andre Jacque (R-2), Rep. Keith Ripp (R-47), and Rep. Fred Clark (D-42)

Senate author: Sen. Dale Schultz (R-17)

Senate Co-sponsors: Sen. Lena Taylor (D-4) and Sen. Jim Holperin (D-12)

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If you’d like to know more about one of Wisconsin’s oldest agencies, visit the BCPL’s home page.

View the following posts to trace AB 275’s history:


My Testimony

Passage Out of Committee

Assembly Passage

Senate Passage


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