Legislative Council Announces Study Committees

The Legislative Council has created seven interim study committees, including three—a Study Committee on School Data, a Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices; and a Study Committee on Rural Broadband—that  are likely to be of special interest to school board members and other school leaders.  You can find a brief description of each study committee, its chair and vice chair, and the proposed scope of its assignment here.

For each approved study topic, a committee is appointed that is comprised of legislative and public members with expertise or interest in the issue.

  • The Study Committee on School Data will be chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) with state Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) as Vice-Chair.
  • The Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices will be chaired state Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield), with state Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) as Vice-Chair.
  • The Study Committee on Rural Broadband will be chaired by state Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), with state Representative Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake) as Vice-Chair.

Background: During the summer and fall of even-numbered years, lawmakers put together special Legislative Council Study Committees on a number of topics based on suggestions submitted by legislators.  Often these topics involve issues that are difficult to resolve in the regular course of legislative business or involve issues that legislators believe need to be considered more carefully and in-depth before legislation is introduced and debate ensues.

Each study committee is charged to study its issue and recommend legislative solutions. These committees provide a rare opportunity for school board members and the public to have input and to be directly involved in shaping public policy.

Study committees generally meet in Madison three to six times during the interim period between legislative sessions.  They ultimately report their recommendations, in the form of draft bills, to the full Legislative Council for approval and introduction in the next legislative session, which begins in January 2017.