Jack O’Meara can’t understand why a bill with bipartisan support that would boost entrepreneurship by making it easier for University of Wisconsin employees to privately fund and commercialize their research was never brought to the Wisconsin Senate floor before the state Legislature ended its session earlier this month.
“We had a strong coalition of university and business groups that support entrepreneurial activity and recognize that knowledge is the key to future economic development in our state,” said O’Meara, lobbyist for PROFS, the advocacy organization for faculty at UW-Madison.
The bill passed unanimously in committee of both houses and the Assembly approved it on a voice vote. But it was never scheduled for a vote in the Senate. Read the full story here.