Government Relations

Government Relations Legislative Update

Government Relations Legislative Update

Updates on state and federal issues relating to the UW System.

Monday, December 14, 2009

AB 597 bill postion posted/ Governor vetoes SB 223


UW System has posted a position statement approved by the Board of Regents on the following bill under consideration by the Wisconsin Legislature:

AB 597: UW System Property Acquisition by Condemnation

This bill prohibits the University of Wisconsin System from acquiring property by condemnation unless the Joint Finance Committee holds a public hearing on the action and approves the condemnation by at least a three-quarters vote.

UW System Position

OPPOSE: The Board of Regents strongly opposes arbitrary limitations imposed on the UW System's statutory condemnation authority. The legislation significantly impairs the University's ability to fulfill its mission. Furthermore, it may expose taxpayers, students, and donors to unnecessary financial risk. (Read the full position statement here.)


Governor Doyle also vetoed Senate Bill 223, which requires appointed citizen members of the UW Board of Regents to come from certain geographical areas. See Board of Regent position statement here.

See Governor Doyle's veto message here