Thursday, February 21st

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State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, then a candidate for the post, speaks at a Democratic rally in October at North Division High School in Milwaukee.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, the oldest agency in state government, has lifted a 2015 ban that prevented employees from doing advocacy work involving climate change.  

The board, all Democrats, voted to reverse the policy at a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday; and one of the board members, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, issued a statement on Friday detailing the action.  

The 3-0 vote represents an early window into how Democrats and the administration of Gov. Tony Evers are likely to give policies tied to global warming a higher profile than during Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s tenure. 

Board members on Monday also amended a policy that will now allow school districts to apply for loans for energy efficiency projects.