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Bills to Watch: Vaping, Minimum Wage

LRB-5342

Prohibition of vaping on school property

This bill would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on school grounds. A memo accompanying the bill stated, “The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control show that between 2018 and 2019, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose 50 percent, from 3.6 million to 5.4 million.” The bill finished circulating for co-sponsorship Jan. 24.

LRB-0952

Local minimum-wage ordinances

This bill would allow a city, village, town or county to enact its own minimum-wage ordinance. The current minimum wage in Wisconsin is $7.25 per hour. A memo accompanying the bill proposal said, “According to cost-of-living data, it costs more to live in Madison or Superior than in Sheboygan and Wausau. This is why it is necessary to allow local governments to set wage floors for their communities.” The bill finished circulating for co-sponsorship Jan. 30.