Stop the Frac Attack on Local Democracy, Take 2!

Sen. Tom Tiffany has introduced a revised version of SB349, the "Kneecapping Local Communities Bill" from last session that took aim at the rights of rural communities to pass ordinances regulating frac sand mining and other industrial activities that impact the environment and public health. In response to the bill and the explosion of frac sand mines in the state, 75 groups signed onto a resolution by WNPJ's Environmental Working Group calling for a halt to the mining and attacks on local control. Tiffany's revised bill, SB632, narrows the scope to preventing local governments from enacting any regulations that prevent new frac sand mining or the expansion of existing mines. A public hearing on the bill will take place on Monday, March 3, at 12 noon in Room 412 East of the State Capitol. The Wisconsin Farmer's Union will also hold a Farm and Rural Lobby Day the next day, March 4, and this will be one of the issues.

  • Call your state legislators and tell them that Tiffany's attacks on local control are an affront to Wisconsin's democratic tradition and are unacceptable, especially since they are targeting the ability of communities to protect their health and environment from frac sand mining. 
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper to inform your neighbors about Tiffany's shenanigans.
  • Attend the public hearing on March 3 at 12 noon, in Room 412 East of the Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Attend the Wisconsin Farmers' Union Farm and Rural Lobby Day (Advance registration is required)