f. Other individuals who may include individuals representing the business community, the agricultural community, utility companies, organized labor, the tourism industry, Native Nations, and institutions of higher education.
2. The Task Force shall advise and assist the Governor in developing a strategy to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change for the benefit of all Wisconsin communities. The Task Force shall do the following:
a. Assess the best-available scientific research from both state and national sources to evaluate the impacts of climate change on the state’s citizens and environment;
b. Review actions already taken by Wisconsin cities, counties, and Native Nations and other states to address climate change;
c. Work with the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, other state educational institutions, and Wisconsin’s business community to support innovative climate-smart research, engineering, design, and manufacturing, including low emissions technologies in areas such as transportation, materials engineering, agricultural productivity, manufacturing, and natural resource management. Strategies should seek to integrate appropriate plans for equitable economic development, workforce development, and technology transfer;
d. Host public hearings throughout Wisconsin to hear stakeholder input on how extreme weather, rising lake and river temperatures, increased emissions, and other effects of climate change are affecting the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and their economies;
e. Consult with Tribal Governments to coordinate efforts in addressing climate change and ensure recommendations address the unique threats climate change poses to Native Nations; and
f. Make recommendations to meaningfully address the effects of climate change and create a clean energy economy in Wisconsin that supports sustainable job opportunities, which may include legislative, legal, regulatory, or community-based initiatives.
3. The Task Force shall be staffed by the Department of Administration.
4. The Task Force shall work closely with the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to identify new, cost-effective conservation, sustainability, and efficiency strategies for the state and prepare Wisconsin for climate change by incorporating climate adaptation strategies into existing planning.
5. All executive branch agencies shall aid the Task Force to the greatest extent possible, including:
a. Making technical staff available to assist the Task Force as necessary and as practicable given agency staffing needs; and
b. Providing information and data needed by the Task Force to perform its duties.
6. The Department of Natural Resources shall do the following:
a. Work with the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) and the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies to update and re-issue WICCI’s 2011 report “Wisconsin’s Changing Climate: impacts and Adaptation”;
b. Collect updated, impartial scientific data on the rate of climate change in Wisconsin and its impact on Wisconsin’s natural environment; and
c. Make its scientific data available to the Task Force.
7. The Task Force shall issue a report detailing the Task Force’s work and recommendations to the Governor on or before August 31, 2020. The Task Force shall provide additional reports and recommendations when requested by the Governor.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed. Done at the City of Milwaukee this seventeenth day of October, in the year two thousand nineteen.
By the Governor:
DOUGLAS LA FOLLETTE
Secretary of State
Legislative Reference Bureau Corrections
2019 SENATE BILL 433
Prepared by the Legislative Reference Bureau
(October 16, 2019)