- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dane County would not have a say in its own water quality standards under a vote made by the Legislature’s budget committee.

The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday voted to ban the state Department of Natural Resources from contracting with Dane County or any subsidiaries for input on extending sewage service to proposed developments or other issues related to its water quality management plan.

It was proposed by Republican Rep. Howard Marklein, of Spring Green, whose district does not include Dane County.

The provision would require the DNR to base decisions on proposed changes to water quality standards on state law. But Sen. Jon Erpenbach says Dane County sometimes has higher water quality standards.

It was added to the budget on a 12-4 vote, with no Democrats in support.

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