Blue Ribbon Commission To Meet April 9th

By John Forester | April 2, 2018

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold a public hearing at 2:00pm on Monday, April 9th at Fred W. Lenz Conference Center, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

The Commission will hear testimony from invited speakers including representatives from the following: local public school districts and CESA 3.  Following the invited speakers, members of the public will be able to share their thoughts with the Commission.  This public testimony will be limited to 5 minutes for each speaker.  The hearing will conclude at 6:00pm.

As a reminder, here are the SAA’s discussion points for the Blue Ribbon Commission.  The SAA encourages members to use this information as well as examples from your district and your own expertise, in developing your communications to the Commission.  Stay tuned.  The SAA will keep members informed of Commission developments.

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Governor to Sign School Safety Bill Today

By John Forester | March 26, 2018

Media reports indicate that Governor Walker will sign the $100 million school safety legislation today at Victor Haen Elementary School in Kaukauna.  Check out the news story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

We are also linking for your information AB 843 as enrolled as well as the Legislative Council’s Amendment Memo for the bill, which provides you with a valuable summary.

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$100 Million School Safety Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

By John Forester | March 23, 2018

Yesterday, the Assembly passed the $100 million school safety bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday.  That bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.  The Assembly also voted to strengthen background checks for the sale of long guns in Wisconsin.  The fate of that bill in the Senate remains uncertain.

Check out the coverage of this issue in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Fate of School Safety Package Uncertain in Assembly

By John Forester | March 22, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

The Assembly will convene this afternoon in extraordinary session to take up more than a dozen bills including some on the topic of school safety.

Other bills on the calendar include the Senate’s version of the guv’s child tax credit, which includes a scaled-back version of the sales tax holiday championed by Assembly Republicans.

Assembly Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, told WisPolitics.com yesterday the Assembly could potentially make changes to the school safety package and others, prompting the Senate to return to the floor.

But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, told WisPolitics.com Tuesday night the Senate won’t be back to take up any changes the Assembly may make.

See Wisconsin State Journal Coverage here.

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Senate Passes School Safety Package

By John Forester | March 21, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

The Senate late last night approved on a 28-4 vote its version of a plan aimed at increasing school safety.

The proposal, adopted as an amendment to AB 843, differs from the six special session bills Assembly Republicans had been considering in a public hearing. Still, it leaves in place the major points of the legislation, including the creation of an Office of School Safety and the availability of $100 million in one-time money for school safety-related grants.

The plan received nearly unanimous support, although Dem Sens. Mark Miller, of Monona, Dave Hansen, of Green Bay, Fred Risser, of Madison, and Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, voted against it.

Among the biggest changes in the Senate version compared to the Assembly are: the grants wouldn’t be able to be used to pay armed school safety officers’ salaries; the grant funding is no longer allocated on a three-year timeline; and school officials wouldn’t be required to tell students of parents involved in bullying within 48 hours of the incident.

The Senate version also strikes the mention of Special Session Assembly Bill 6, which would create an exception in student privacy laws to let law enforcement get school surveillance footage if it “serves a legitimate safety interest.”

See Wisconsin State Journal article here.

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GOP Lawmakers Reach Deal on School Safety

By John Forester | March 20, 2018

GOP leadership has come to agreement on a plan that will make minor modifications to the Governor’s school safety package.  The Senate plans to pass the bill today with the Assembly taking it up on Thursday.

See the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.

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Senate Scrambles to Finalize School Safety Proposal

By John Forester | March 20, 2018

This news story by the Wisconsin State Journal does a pretty good job of summarizing where we are on school safety in Madison.

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Nerison Will Not Seek Re-election

By John Forester | March 20, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

State Rep. Lee Nerison, R-Westby, announced yesterday he will not seek re-election in November.

Nerison, 65, was first elected to the Assembly in 2004. He noted stopping in the Capitol as a kid with his family on his way back to southwestern Wisconsin from Milwaukee Braves games.

“I never dreamed I would end up here, but it has been such an honor to work and serve with so many great people,” Nerison said.

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Assembly Education Public Hearing Tomorrow on School Safety

By John Forester | March 19, 2018

The Assembly Education Committee will hold a public hearing on the following six bills at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 20th in Room 417 North, State Capitol.

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Moulton Will Not Seek Re-election

By John Forester | March 19, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

GOP state Sen. Terry Moulton, of Chippewa Falls, announced this morning he will not seek re-election.

The 71-year-old was elected to the Assembly in 2004 and served two terms before losing the seat in 2008. He then won his Senate seat in 2010.

“When I began my campaign for the Senate, eight years ago this month, my goals were to work for smaller government, reduced tax burden, and a better climate for jobs in Wisconsin,” Moulton said. “We have accomplished all this and more. Income and property taxes are lower, more people are working than ever before, and unemployment is at a 17-year low.”

Moulton is the fifth member of the state Senate to opt against seeking re-election this fall: Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, resigned her seat late last year to join the Walker administration, as did fellow Republican Frank Lasee, of DePere. Meanwhile, Republican Leah Vukmir, of Brookfield, is running for the U.S. Senate, and Dem Kathleen Vinehout, of Alma, is running for guv.

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