MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The State Assembly wrapped up their session in the wee hours of the morning, but the Senate will be back in session April 1st to finish business... including any amended bills sent back by the Assembly.
One bill deals with large farm machinery, known as Implements of Husbandry. Petrowski says machines such as combines that used to be around 12 feet wide are now up to 36 feet wide and heavier than many local road weight limits allow. This bill would help farmers legally operate. “Well, the bill basically allows them to run 15% over, and it also allows if it’s over 15%, they have the ability to get a permit from their local government to run beyond that 15%.”
Another bill Petrowski would like to see passed would help improve veterans facilities in the future. He says passing this now would put Wisconsin in line for money already set aside by Washington. “There’s two-thirds funding from the federal government and we’ll have to make up one-third. Now, if we can get that passed and get in line to get some of those (federal) dollars, I think that would be very positive for upgrading the King (Veterans Home) facility.”
The goal is to try getting the money by 2015 or 2016 to replace a couple of nursing home wings at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.
There is another bill Petrowski authored concerning the use of drone aircraft, and what should and should not be allowed. “This starts the discussion and defines where you can reasonably expect privacy, what the intent has to be to be in violation of this. The fact that if someone has a weaponized drone, it will be a felony. All of those things, but that discussion needs to start occuring because technology is really growing by leaps and bounds.”