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 to be voted on.
The Wisconsin Senate today passed SB119, in a unanimous 33-0 vote moving the state one step closer to re-legalizing the cultivation of hemp, a crop last legally grown by state farmers in 1957. The unanimous vote on the GOP-authored bipartisan-supported measure was not a surprise, with the bill having cleared the Senate Agriculture committee in a 9-0 vote Oct. 18.
Attention now shifts to the State Assembly where a public hearing for SB119 companion bill AB183 is set for the Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 9:30am in Room 412 East at the Capitol. The hearing is scheduled to be carried live on Wisconsin Eye. Once voted out of committee AB183 would head for a vote by the full Assembly.
The senate first adopted Sen. Senate Substitute Amendment 1, a revision of the original bill. The vote for passage of SB119 quickly followed and without debate. It was notable that anti-cannabis zealots Sens. Leah Vukmir and Duey Stroebel joined their colleagues in the unanimous vote. Truly a historic day for hemp supporters in Wisconsin.
Updated 11/07/2017 3:54:17 PM