Wisconsin Bills Would Preempt Local Efforts to Regulate Animal Agriculture

Wisconsin Senate Bill 892, and its companion, Assembly Bill 957, would prohibit localities from adopting measures regulating any “farm or other commercial operation that raises or confines animals as a commercial enterprise” in areas “zoned exclusively or primarily for agricultural use.” Absent a substantial threat to public health or safety, localities in those areas would not be able to impose stricter animal welfare standards, limit species, limit animal uses at or after departure from an animal enterprise, or require vaccines or medications beyond those specified by state law. The bills were referred respectively to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Tourism and to the Assembly Committee on Local Government.