The Wisconsin Legislature has adjourned its 2021-22 legislative session. The Legislature operates on a two-year cycle, beginning in the January of odd-numbered years. The first six months are primarily dedicated to working on the biennial budget and then the focus shifts to stand- alone legislation. With the Legislature’s adjournment, members now focus on running for…Read More
The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, adopted the redistricting maps that the Republican Legislature drew and passed late last year, but were vetoed by Governor Evers. In its ruling, the Supreme Court indicated that the maps are not only race neutral, but adhere to the least-change approach that the Legislature dictated in a…Read More
The Tavern League of Wisconsin is endorsing Rebecca Kleefisch’s campaign for Governor of Wisconsin. “With the countless struggles our industry has endured, Rebecca Kleefisch has the knowledge, experience, and potential to protect our businesses and put tools in place to help us all succeed,” said Tavern League President Keith Kern. “We look forward to a…Read More
The longer, warmer days are much needed relief after what seemed like an unusually long and cold winter. Meanwhile, the legislative session has adjourned with the focus now on the 2022 elections. The primary election is set for Aug. 9 and the general election for Nov. 8. Every 10 years, states are required to adjust…Read More
The laboratories of democracy, a phrase popularized by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis to describe federalism, are in full swing across the country. One policy experiment some states are considering is lowering the legal blood alcohol concentration level for driving by 40%, from 0.08% to 0.05%. Dumbing down the definition of “drunk” will do…Read More
Nearly two years since the onset of the pandemic, many bars, taverns and independent restaurants remain underwater and are struggling to get back on their feet, pay off debt, or otherwise recover from the significant setbacks caused by the pandemic. As Congress considers legislation to fund the government and federal programs, now is the time…Read More
Led the effort to permit the sale of cocktails to-go from taverns, restaurants and supper clubs.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin responded to the concerns members had in obtaining operator licenses for employees who were licensed in another municipality by lobbying for a change in state law. Under the new law( 125.17(2) ) a municipality must issue a provisional(60 days)operators license to a person with a valid bartenders license from another municipality and who has paid the proper fee. This important change not only benefits the employee but also the employer.