The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday in a 57-42 mostly party-line vote to confirm Scott Gottlieb as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
During his confirmation hearings, Gottlieb said he would implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) “in the proper way,” and appeared to favor postponing the Nutrition Facts Panel changes slated for next summer
Read more here.
The WI State Assembly approved a bill that would modify regulations on high-capacity wells and sent the measure on to Gov. Scott Walker.
The bill would exempt well repairs, replacements, reconstructions and ownership transfers from WI Department of Natural Resources (DNR) oversight. It also would require the DNR to study lakes and streams in the central sands region to determine whether special measures are needed to protect ground and surface waters from depletion.
Read the MWFPA news release about the bill here.
The U.S. Senate health committee voted 14-9 Thursday to approve physician Scott Gottlieb to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sending the nomination to the full Senate. Read more from the Washington Post.
A bill modifying high-capacity well regulation in Wisconsin is scheduled for a vote in the State Assembly on May 2. It would then go to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration. The Senate passed the bill earlier this month.
The measure would exempt well repairs, replacement, reconstruction and ownership transfers from state oversight. It would also call for a study of watersheds in Wisconsin’s Central Sands region.
MWFPA supports the measure as it will provide regulatory certainty for farmers who rely on high-capacity wells to irrigate their crops and hydrate livestock. Other organizations supporting the legislation are the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.
The IL House Labor and Commerce Committee has passed HB 2376, requiring the IL Dept. of Labor to establish and administer a Family Leave Insurance Program. It would provide family leave insurance benefits to eligible employees who take unpaid family leave to care for a newborn child, a newly adopted or newly placed foster child, or a family member with a serious health condition.
MWFPA opposes the measure preferring federal legislation that applies to employers equally across the country and does not create another issue putting IL at a competitive disadvantage.
George “Sonny” Perdue of Georgia was approved by the U.S. Senate Monday afternoon and will be sworn into office today as agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration. Perdue won confirmation in the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11.
Perdue sailed easily through his confirmation hearing March 23, gaining the support of several Democrats, including Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and Tom Vilsack, the previous secretary of agriculture under former President Barack Obama.
He will be faced with a number of challenges including the implementation of the new labeling law for food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).