ALERT: School Leaders Needed to Testify at Hearing on Modernizing Minutes Bill

uncle-sam-we-want-youAssembly Bill 70, a bill to allow local school boards to decide how best to inform the public of board meeting minutes (also called proceedings), has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday, March 8. We need school board members and administrators to show up and testify in support of this WASB-initiated bill. WASB will be there but we can’t do it alone. If you can attend the hearing to testify and/or have questions about testifying at a hearing please contact the WASB GR team.

The newspaper industry will be out in force in opposition to this bill which authorizes school boards (and other local government entities) to satisfy their legal obligation to publish the proceedings/minutes of regular and special board meetings by posting a copy in one public place and electronically on the school district’s website.

Here are the committee hearing details:

Assembly Committee on Local Government
Wednesday, March 8
9:30am, Room 400 Northeast
State Capitol, Madison

The WASB worked to develop this bill in response to the 2016 Delegate Assembly approving the following resolution:

1.60 Elimination/Reduction of Newspaper Notice/Publishing Requirements
The WASB supports legislation allowing school districts to publish statutorily-required notices electronically on the school district website and other social media maintained by the school district in lieu of publishing these notices in newspapers. (2016-13)

Assembly Bill 70 is authored by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville). Senate Bill 42 is an identical Senate companion bill.

WASB Talking Points in Support of Assembly Bill 70 /Senate Bill 42.

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