Wisconsin implement lemon law bill hearing set

Wisconsin’s proposed lemon law for agricultural equipment is getting a public hearing Tuesday before the State Senate Agriculture & Tourism Committee.

The bill’s Senate author, Andre Jocque from DePere says several farmers have talked to him about expensive machinery that has been back to the dealer for warranty work several times. “Anytime that you are repeatedly having to bring something that’s under warranty back in for service again and again and again and again, every time you do that, you’re really taking a very valuable investment out of the field.”

Jacque says other states including Illinois and Minnesota already have a similar law and Wisconsin has had a lemon law for cars and trucks since the 1980’s. “When you look at such a major investment that is being made in our agricultural communities, this is something we really need to have in place. Obviously, the costs are much more than your typical car or truck.”

Jacque says farmers will be welcome to testify at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 30th, and he recommends bringing written testimony for legislators to review later.  He says the bipartisan bill gained support after the Assembly hearing, and he’s optimistic it can still pass before the session ends.

The hearing starts at 11:00 am in room 330 Southwest and will also take testimony on Senate Bill 619 dealing with a transition to a grazing/grass pilot program.

The bills for an agricultural equipment lemon law were introduced in the Senate and Assembly last February.

Audio: Wisconsin State Senator Andre Jacque discusses the Implements of Husbandry Lemon Law proposal scheduled for Tuesday’s hearing.

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