The Wisconsin Legislature passed 135 pieces of legislation in 2017.


Cheese is Wisconsin’s official dairy product.

While that may sound like old news to many Wisconsinites, cheese was not the dairy state’s official dairy product until Act 8 passed June 1.

The act was one of 135 pieces of legislation passed in Wisconsin in 2017, according to the state Legislature website.

Among the 135, acts pertaining to hunting, schools and prescription drugs were most common.

Act 62 eliminated the minimum age for hunting. It passed in November and made headlines as children younger than 10 years old obtained hunting licenses. It was one of five pieces of hunting legislation this year.

Nine pieces of legislation were geared toward public schools, including an act making financial literacy mandatory in public K-12 curriculum.

Act 99, which authorizes hospice staff to possess and transfer for disposal drugs that belonged to deceased people, was amended to include controlled substances.

Two piece of legislation aim to treat those who abuse opioids.

Act 27 mandated two or three additional regional opioid and methamphetamine treatment programs be created by the state in the 2017-19 fiscal season.

Act 29 expanded emergency administration of opioid antagonists, such as Narcan, at colleges and universities to pupils and other persons.

As of 2017, state statutes reflect that:

  • Ginseng
  • is the official state herb as of Nov. 30.
  • State employees cannot represent themselves as engineers unless they have at least bachelor’s degrees in engineering or some other professional education and experience in engineering.Motor fuel cannot be advertised by the half-gallon price unless the seller sells less than 15,000 gallons in the state per year.
  • The state will create a hunting season for woodchucks.
  • State statutes cannot prohibit feeding deer for more than 36 months in counties with a positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis.
  • State hatcheries cannot provide fish eggs to private groups unless the eggs will be stocked into waters where the general public is allowed.

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