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STAR PRAIRIE – Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 160 and Assembly Bill 56 into law today at Star Prairie Trout Farm.

Assembly Bill 160 – addresses three major subject areas for fish farms and the Department of Natural Resources, including: access to appropriate genetic strains of fish and fish eggs, maintenance, repair, and construction of fish farm facilities, and the streamlining of water use reporting and wastewater permitting. The bill works to reduce burdensome and inconsistent regulations within Wisconsin's fish farming industry and allows access to appropriate genetic strains of fish and fish eggs to strengthen successful public-private partnerships between private fish farms and state fish hatcheries. Authored by Representative Mary Felzkowski (R – Irma) and Senator Thomas Tiffany (R – Hazelhurst), the bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 64-34 and was concurred by the Senate on a voice vote. It is Act 21.

Assembly Bill 56 – allows a person who sells less than 15,000 gallons of motor fuel in Wisconsin to advertise motor fuel prices by the half-gallon. Current law requires motor fuel prices be advertised by the gallon, which affects small business owners across rural regions in the state that still own and maintain older, non-digitized gasoline pumps that do not rise above $1.99 or $2.99. When gasoline prices rise above these levels, pump owners display the cost per gallon of gasoline by the half-gallon. Authored by Representative Mary Felzkowski (R – Irma) and Senator Thomas Tiffany (R – Hazelhurst), the bill passed the Assembly on a voice vote and was concurred by the Senate on a voice vote. It is Act 22. 

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