Governor Doyle Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Pass Great Lakes Compact

After the Wisconsin State Senate passed the Great Lakes Compact – an agreement between eight states and two Canadian provinces not to divert water outside of the Great Lakes region – with a 26-6 bipartisan supermajority, the state Assembly failed to bring the measure to a vote during the regular session, prompting Governor Doyle to call a special session on Thursday, April 17.

Special sessions are called for specific issues, to focus on important public policy matters and unfinished business after the regularly schedules floor period ends. This is the first special session in Wisconsin’s history specifically calling for Great Lakes protection.

A broad coalition of environmental groups and other stakeholders have diligently worked on trying to pass the strongest Compact possible to best protect The Great Lakes.

The legislature is expected to convene within the next few weeks to vote on the Compact.