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MADISON – Some people who use food stamps would get a break on buying produce and other healthy groceries, under a bill the state Assembly overwhelmingly approved Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, the Assembly and the Senate approved a bill to strengthen property rights after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Wisconsin family that was blocked from selling lakefront property.
Under Assembly Bill 501, the state would give 2,000 families who receive FoodShare benefits a discount on healthy foods for 10 months in hopes that it would encourage them to eat better. The state would then review the cost of providing the incentives and whether they changed eating habits to help to decide whether to expand the effort.
The bill passed 92-1, with Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) casting the only vote against it. The bill goes to the Senate, which like the Assembly is controlled by Republicans.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said early next year the Assembly will likely take up bills that would ban using FoodShare to buy junk food and require FoodShare cards to display photos of recipients.
But for the latest bill, lawmakers are focused on rewarding people for eating right rather than punishing them for making unhealthy choices.
“It’s literally a carrot approach rather than a stick,” said one of the bill’s chief sponsors, Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah).
Typically, the federal government pays for food stamp benefits, while the state and federal governments share the cost of running the program in Wisconsin.
For this bill, state taxpayers would have to chip in to pay for the additional benefits given to FoodShare participants. The bill includes $425,000 in state taxpayer funds for the incentive program, but state Department of Health Services officials say they would need another $175,000 on top of that.
The bill by Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) comes in response to a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that determined a Wisconsin family was not entitled to compensation over development regulations that barred the sale of a lot it owns adjacent to its cottage on Lake St. Croix.
The family wanted to sell the undeveloped lot to finance renovations to their cottage. The adjacent lot had been rendered undevelopable by local land-use policies, and courts ruled the family had not lost the value of its property because the combined parcel could be used to build a new home.
The bill would let property owners build on and sell substandard lots if they were legal when they were created. It would also prohibit merging adjacent lots that share the same owner without the owner’s permission.
Other provisions would make it easier to get conditional use permits and variances, maintain non-conforming structures, dredge private ponds and hang the American flag when condominium or homeowner association rules might prohibit that.
Both houses also approved Assembly Bill 480, which would bar assessors from increasing the assessment of a property solely because the owner refused to let them inside. It would also give owners who did not let assessors into their properties the ability to challenge their assessments.
The Assembly agreed to the bill on a voice vote and the Senate passed it 25-8. The votes sent the bill to Walker.
The bill comes in response to a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling from July that found homeowners’ constitutional rights were violated when they were barred from challenging their assessments because they had not allowed assessors into their homes.
The justices disagreed on their reasoning in that decision, leading some to say legislation was needed to clarify the issue.