Sen. Patrick Testin

Senator Patrick Testin appointed chair of Wisconsin Senate Health Committee

December 17, 2018 - Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced state senate committee chairmanships for the upcoming 2019-2020 legislative session. In a move that could be a game-changer, Fitzgerald appointed Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) to chair the Senate Health Committee, a position long held by Sen. Leah Vukmir, who gave up her state senate seat in a losing bid for the U....

Looking back at Wisconsin 2009 joint committee hearing on medical cannabis

December 15, 2018 - In Nov. 2008, Democrats swept into power in Wisconsin, gaining control of both houses of the state legislature with incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle already holding down the executive branch. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) were the sponsors of Assembly Bill 554/Senate Bill 368, the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA). With Democrats chairing both health committees...

WI DOJ backs down on hemp CBD ban after meeting bill authors, Farm Bureau

May 13, 2018 - An emotional rollercoaster for stakeholders than began with the release by DATCP of a Wisconsin DOJ guidance stating newly licensed hemp growers and processors could not produce CBD and that such products sold by retailers were illegal ended with a reversal by the Attorney General's office. Wisconsin DOJ officials met May 9 with the farm bureau, the hemp bill's authors, Sen. Patrick Testin and Rep....

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs industrial hemp bill in Capitol ceremony

November 30, 2017 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today signed into law 2017 Senate Bill 119, regarding industrial hemp production, at a signing ceremony at the Capitol, making the state the 34th to allow farmers to grow hemp.. The bill's signing today followed unanimous votes in both houses the same week, the senate passing it Nov. 7 in a 33-0 vote and the Assembly following suit Nov. 9 in a 92-0 vote. The bill...

Will Gov. Walker sign Wisconsin hemp bill?

November 23, 2017 - After SB119, bipartisan industrial hemp legislation cleared both houses in unanimous votes the same week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson said he would review the bill but did not commit to signing it. Under state law, once a bill is passed by both chambers, the Wisconsin governor has three options: veto it, sign it or do nothing. If the governor chooses to do nothing, the...

Wisconsin Assembly passes hemp bill, sends to Gov. Walker

November 9, 2017 - Hemp, Politics Wisconsin Assembly passes hemp bill, sends to Gov. Walker November 9, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit After passing the State Senate Tuesday Nov. 7 in a 33-0 vote and a Wednesday hearing in the Assembly Agriculture committee, Wisconsin’s bipartisan hemp bill SB119/AB183 moved directly to a floor vote in the Assembly Thursday evening. The Assembly passed the bill in a...

Wisconsin Senate passes hemp bill, Assembly to vote Nov. 9

November 7, 2017 - Breaking News, Hemp, Politics Wisconsin Senate passes hemp bill, Assembly to vote Nov. 9 November 7, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit UPDATE: 11/08/2017 10:00:58 PM: SB119 has been placed on the Assembly calendar for Thursday Nov. 9. The Assembly session is set for a 1:00pm start and is on Wisconsin Eye’s live coverage schedule. SB119 appears with Senate bills scheduled after Assembly bills...

Wisconsin Senate schedules Hemp Bill floor vote for Nov. 7

November 4, 2017 - Hemp, Politics Wisconsin Senate schedules Hemp Bill floor vote for Nov. 7 November 4, 2017 Gary Storck Leave a comment Edit It has been 60 years since Wisconsin farmers legally grew hemp, but it looks like that may change soon as hemp legislation takes another big step forward. Wisconsin Senate Bill 119, the bipartisan-sponsored GOP-authored industrial hemp bill has been scheduled for a vote by...

Wisconsin Senate Committee passes Industrial Hemp Bill in 9-0 vote

October 18, 2017 - MADISON: Bipartisan industrial hemp legislation Senate Bill 119 http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/proposals/sb119 cleared the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism on a unanimous 9-0 vote Wednesday morning, per the office of Sen. Patrick Testin, senate lead sponsor. http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/committees/senate/1748 SB119 had an October 10 public...

Ag committee sets Oct. 18 vote on Hemp Bill SB119

October 12, 2017 - Rep. Kremer and Sen. Testin at Press Conference before Hearing on Hemp Bill. (Cannabadger.com) The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism will hold an executive session on Senate Bill 119 on October 18, 2017 at 10:30am in Room 400 Southeast at the Capitol. The vote on Senate Bill 119, relating to: growing and processing industrial hemp, comes after a historic public...

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