Representation of municipal utilities in state and federal government is a key service of MEUW. Advocacy efforts include meeting with state legislators and members of the executive branch of government, reviewing legislation and rules, testifying before legislative committees and negotiating contracts. We help our members succeed in an evolving policy environment and work to ensure that future policies support the needs of the industry.
Workplace safety is vitally important to municipal utilities. MEUW is committed to providing professional safety instruction and education. Over 100 communities belong to MEUWs safety services, all working to provide a safe working environment. And, in the true spirit of cooperation, MEUW members are invited to participate in the associations mutual aid program providing disaster assistance to any member community in need of emergency support.
Advocates for municipal electric, water and wastewater utilities from across the state headed to the Capitol Feb. 17 for the annual Municipal Utilities Legislative Day in Madison, WI. Approximately 75 municipal utility officials, utility managers, commissioners and mayors attended the event. The event provides a great opportunity for municipal utility leaders to advocate for their issues to the state legislature. Attendees received a legislative update from The Kammer Group - MEUW’s lobbying firm, and discussed initiatives at the Public Service Commission with Bob Seitz, executive assistant to PSC Chairperson Ellen Nowak, and Jeff Stone, administrator of the PSC’s Division of Water, Telecommunications and Consumer Affairs. Senator Rob Cowles and Senator Roger Roth, chairmen of legislative committees that deal with issues affecting municipal utilities, also shared their insights on a variety of topics.
Representatives from electric (Matt Bromley, MEUW), water (Dave Lawrence, WRWA and Lawrie Kobza, MEG- Water) and wastewater (Vanessa Wishart, MEG-Wastewater) associations briefed attendees on their respective policy issues. Topping the list of issues that attendees raised with their state legislators was legislation to make it easier to sell a municipal water or sewer utility to a private out-of-state company. State legislators were asked to oppose the legislation because it removes the requirement that local referendum be held before a municipal utility can be sold. Other issues discussed included multi-discharger variance and groundwater legislation, and proposed changes to funding for the Focus on Energy program.
To view a copy of the information papers given to attendees, which include the issues for each sector (electric, water and wastewater), click here.