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Wisconsin Act 28 signed into law
Posted On: August 21, 2023

Article by WCO, photo by Joe Koshollek Wisconsin State Legislature

WCO members have been meeting with legislators for three years to discuss the shortage of CDL drivers. In early 2022, WCO formed an alliance with Dairy Business Association and Cooperative Network, targeting the Farm Service CDL as an area of opportunity to bring more drivers into the industry, increase public safety, and improve efficiency and sustainability of Wisconsin farms.

WCO elevated several potential changes to the Farm Service CDL program, including to extend the 180-day window to 210 days, which would be consistent with federal law.

In February, legislation for this needed improvement moved forward as Senate Bill 66 introduced by Sen. Cory Tomczyk (R–Mosinee) and Assembly Bill 74 introduced by Rep. Jon Plumer (R–Lodi). 

On March 15, WCO members Ray and Holly Liska testified in favor of SB 66 during the Senate Transportation Committee hearing. On May 23, WCO Executive Director, Maria Woldt testified in favor of AB 74 during the Assembly Transportation Committee hearing.

Fast forward to Aug. 4, and Gov. Tony Evers officially signed SB 66 into law, becoming Wisconsin Act 28.

Act 28 adjusts the maximum number of days a seasonal farm service industry employee can hold a restricted commercial driver’s license to 210 days to match current federal rules.  

WCO thanks all the ag groups who supported this legislation. As a small organization, their support was vital.


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