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Local Governments and School Districts Blog

This past April, Governor Walker signed over 100 bills into law. A number of the bills affect local government units. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we will be touching on those new laws to provide some guidance to municipalities on how business may change as a result of the new legislation. A number of the changes may require some additional discussion, so please feel free to contact us to learn more.

As you may have guessed from the title of this blog post, the first bill, Assembly Bill 803, seeks to promote safe work environments for employers and employees performing work on a public works project. To do this, the bill extends a requirement that employers have in place and enforce a strict substance abuse program to all employees working on a public works project. It also requires employers to remove employees from the job site when the employee violates the substance abuse policy and to test the employee prior to return to the jobsite.

Also, the bill extends the "move or slow down" law, which currently only applies to emergency vehicles, to vehicles working on a public works project. This requires drivers to abide by safer driving procedures when approaching vehicles working on a public works project.

Municipalities need to be aware of these new requirements so that contracts can be reviewed before work is performed on public works projects.