2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
October 9, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Richards, Jeskewitz, Berceau,
Bies, Black, Freese, Gunderson, Gundrum, Hahn, Hines, Kestell, Krug,
Ladwig, Lothian, Miller, Molepske, Musser, Nischke, Schneider, Seratti,
Sinicki, Taylor, Van Roy, Vrakas, Ziegelbauer
and Zepnick, cosponsored by
Senators Plale, Cowles, Hansen, Kedzie, Lassa, Risser, Robson and
Roessler. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
AJR50,1,1 1Relating to: calling for the creation of a Great Lakes legislative caucus.
AJR50,1,62 Whereas, the challenges facing the Great Lakes can be met successfully only
3through a well-coordinated and systematic approach. Issues as diverse as aquatic
4nuisance species, pollution, water levels, and water diversions and consumptive uses
5will be addressed in the coming years by dozens of laws and regulations in each of
6the Great Lakes states and provinces; and
AJR50,1,117 Whereas, legislation impacting the Great Lakes will be far more effective if it
8is based on information developed and shared by policymakers from the entire Great
9Lakes region. An organization to bring key Great Lakes lawmakers together
10regularly to share knowledge and hear other perspectives would be invaluable in
11improving the impact and uniformity of practices established in statute; and
AJR50,2,412 Whereas, regular meetings of legislative leaders from each of the Great Lakes
13states and provinces will bring many benefits. Regularly exchanging information
14can bring immediacy to the work of dealing with Great Lakes issues. The current
15practice of legislative bodies relying primarily on regional forums can be

1supplemented significantly through a legislative caucus working directly with
2experts to develop model legislation. Clearly, there will be a stronger sense of
3urgency brought to Great Lakes issues by a Great Lakes legislative caucus than is
4sometimes the case now; and
AJR50,2,75 Whereas, another benefit of a Great Lakes legislative caucus will be a more
6unified and stronger voice on specific issues. This can only help in articulating the
7unique situations facing the Great Lakes basin; now, therefore, be it
AJR50,2,13 8Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
9legislature of the state of Wisconsin call for the creation of a Great Lakes legislative
10caucus. We call on the legislatures of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New
11York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and the legislative bodies of Ontario and Quebec to join
12us in developing this vehicle to address the many Great Lakes issues that cross
13jurisdictional boundaries; and, be it further
AJR50,2,19 14Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall transmit copies of this joint
15resolution to the leadership of each of the legislative bodies of the Great Lakes states
16and provinces, the Great Lakes Commission, the International Joint Commission,
17the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Michigan Office of the Great
18Lakes, urging them and the members of the congressional delegations from the
19Great Lakes states to assist in this endeavor.
AJR50,2,2020 (End)