2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 11
February 11, 2015 - Offered by Representatives Mason, Stuck, Hebl, Pope,
Ohnstad, Kahl and Wachs.
1An Act to amend
287.31 (4) (c) of the statutes; relating to: exemptions from the
2newspaper recycling fee.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a newspaper publisher is required, with certain exceptions,
to pay a newspaper recycling fee unless at least 33 percent of the fiber in the
newsprint is derived from postconsumer waste. Under current law, publishers of
newspapers that have a circulation of less than 20,000 are exempt from the
newspaper recycling fee, if the publisher can show that complying with the recycled
content target would create a financial hardship for the publisher.
This substitute amendment provides that a publisher is exempt from the
newspaper recycling fee if the publisher's newspaper has a circulation of less than
40,000, and if the publisher can show that complying with the recycled content target
would create a financial hardship.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
287.31 (4) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) Subsection (3) does not apply to the publisher of a newspaper that 2
has a circulation of less than 20,000 40,000
if the department determines, based on 3
a review of a written request by the publisher, that compliance with the target 4
recycled content requirements in sub. (3) (c) would create a financial hardship for the 5
publisher. The department shall promulgate rules for making determinations of 6
financial hardship under this paragraph.