Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

"Ethanol Mandate Bill Stalls in Pro-Ethanol Committee"--keep the heat on

Ethanol, Legislation, WISCONSIN


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           February 13, 2008
Rep. Steve Nass (608) 266-5715


     State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) reacted with cautious optimism that the 25% Ethanol Mandate Bill may finally be on life support.  Today, the Assembly Biofuels and Sustainable Energy Committee, a pro-ethanol committee, failed to take a vote on AB 682 after members raised concerns over details of the legislation.  One major sticking point was the punitive fines aimed at gas station retailers for failing to meet the bill’s requirements.

     “I am convinced that the overwhelming opposition from citizens and gas station owners played a role in stalling the mandate in a pro-ethanol committee.  The people can have an impact when they get riled up over bad government,” Nass said.

     Nass noted that committee members discussed meeting again in two weeks to consider the Ethanol Mandate Bill.  The legislative session ends on March 13, 2008.

     “While this is great news, it’s no time to declare victory.  The special interests in support of this mandate won’t give up and will re-double their effort to sneak this bill through in the last minutes of the session,” Nass said.


Rep. Nass just sent the above press release, but as he stated, this is no time to sit back. If you have not contacted Huebsch and Fitzgerald as well as your Representative, please do. As much as we hate to do it, your comments do make a difference!

Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (Assembly Majority Leader), from Horicon. Counties: Columbia and Dodge
Rep. Michael Huebsch (Assembly Speaker), from West Salem. Counties: LaCrosse and Monroe

State Representative Leah Vukmir, Republican, 14th District  608-266-9180

Representative Rich Zipperer, Republican, 98th District  608-266-5120 

Governor Doyle
608-266-1212, 414-227-4344

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