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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Governor Walker’s Special Session School Safety Proposals

By John Forester | March 15, 2018

From The Wheeler Report . . .

Gov. Walker has called a special session on school safety, (EO#278) and has forwarded a $100 million proposal for the legislature to consider. The bills were included at the time of the release which announced the special session. According to his release, Walker’s plan includes:

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 1 – School Safety Grant Program

This bill creates a grant program, administered by DOJ, to award grants to school districts, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools, and tribal schools. DOJ must work in consultation with DPI to develop a plan for awarding the grants. The plan must include what expenditures are eligible to be funded by a grant. This bill appropriates $100 million GPR for the Office of School Safety grants. The bill says grants used to employ armed school safety officers may be used to employ only law enforcement officers or former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers and “may not be used to supplant existing resources used for this purpose. A school that receives a grant to employ armed school safety officers shall demonstrate that the moneys are not supplanting existing resources used for this purpose… A school that receives a grant to employ armed school safety officers may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without submitting a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75 percent of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50 percent of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; and in the 3rd year, the grant shall cover 25 percent of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers.”

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 2 – Office of School Safety

This bill creates an office of school safety in the Dept. of Justice. The office must work with DPI to create model practices for school safety, must compile blueprints and geographic information system maps for schools for use by law enforcement agencies in an emergency and must offer training to school staff on school safety.

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 3 – Mandatory Reporting.

This bill requires professionals who must report suspected child abuse and neglect under current law to also report to a law enforcement agency a reasonable suspicion that a person intends to commit an act of violence involving a dangerous weapon or explosive in or targeting a school. This bill also “explicitly exempts from the state’s requirements for confidentiality of patient health information and allows the disclosure by a health care provider of any suspicion of a patient intending to commit an act of violence involving a dangerous weapon or explosive in or targeting a school.”

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 4 – Model Bullying Policy.

This bill requires that the parent or guardian of each pupil involved in a bullying incident be notified within 48 hours of the incident being reported to a school district employee.

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 5 – School Safety Plans.

This bill eliminates the three-year window for schools to have a school safety plan, and instead requires all school boards or governing body of private schools to have a school safety plan in effect. Before creating a plan, school boards or governing bodies must work with local law enforcement to conduct an on-site safety assessment of each school building, site, and facility that is regularly occupied by pupils. The bill requires a school safety plan to include an individualized safety plan for each school building and facility, and specify guidelines and procedures to address specific types of school safety incidents, including school violence and attacks, threats of school violence and attacks, parent-student reunification, and threats to non-classroom events. This bill requires each school board and governing body to ensure pupils are drilled annually in the proper response to a school violence event. This bill requires the school board or governing body to approve its school safety plan at least once every three years, and require the school plan to be submitted annually to the Office of School Safety at DOJ.

March 2018 Special Session Assembly Bill 6 – School Camera Footage.

This bill creates a specific exception to privacy required for pupil records for safety camera footage that is made available to a law enforcement agency if sharing that footage serves a legitimate safety interest.

Additionally, Walker signed EO#279, which directs the State of Wisconsin to help schools in contracting for school safety and security equipment. The EO says Walker directs DOA, State Bureau of Procurement to:

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