A bill changing the landlord-tenant laws in Wisconsin may make it to the governor’s desk this week. The legislation (SB 466) from Republican Senator Frank Lasee would change state law and prohibit local governments from enacting a moratorium on evictions, allow landlords to immediately dispose of the property of evicted tenants, and to continue evictions against tenants who’ve paid them past-due rents.
Democrats in the state Senate used a procedural move to delay passage of the bill on Tuesday. The derided it as a special interest measure before it was passed on a partisan vote Wednesday. “It’s not necessary, it’s not desirable. It’s a selfish special interest bill supported by landlords, for landlords, and against the millions of people who have to rent in order to survive,” said Senator Fred Risser of Madison. The bill is now available for consideration by the Assembly, which could act on it during the final day of the current legislative session.