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WMC Applauds Legislature’s Passage of EV Charging Legislation, Encourages Evers to Sign Bill

MADISON – On Tuesday, the Wisconsin state Senate passed a final version of SB 791, a bill allowing private business to offer electric vehicle charging by the kilowatt-hour to customers for a fee, while providing safeguards against unfair competition from government-owned EV charging stations.

Last month, the Assembly passed the legislation on a vote of 94-2. The Senate already approved the bill 30-2 in January; today’s vote approves an Assembly amendment and forwards the bill to Governor Evers for his signature.

WMC, the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association, is urging Governor Evers to sign the legislation into law, emphasizing the need to eliminate unnecessary red tape and allow private businesses to enter an emerging market. WMC Senior Director of Environmental & Energy Policy Craig Summerfield released the below statement:

“Thank you to the legislature for their important work on this issue, especially authors Senator Marklein and Representative VanderMeer. Private businesses should be able to offer electric vehicle charging to their customers for a fee without having to compete against facilities owned by the government and subsidized by taxpayers. A recent Wisconsin Employer Survey found that nearly 9 in 10 employers support this concept. We encourage Governor Evers to sign this common-sense piece of legislation.”





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