Senate Committee Hearing on Referendum Bills Tomorrow

A Senate committee hearing on two referendum restriction bills was scheduled for tomorrow at noon. The committee chair is Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) is also the author of the two bills. 

We did not learn off this hearing until today and it will likely overlap with an Assembly hearing on the same bills. 

NOTICES

Senate Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection, Noon, Thu, June 15, 330-SW

Hearing on:

SB-191 Bonding Resolution Consideration – this bill would prohibit a school board in a unified district from voting on a resolution to exceed a school district’s revenue limit at a school board meeting that is not a regularly scheduled monthly meeting, and would prohibit voting in a common or union high school (UHS) district on a resolution to exceed a school district’s revenue limit at a school district special meeting. The bill would further provide that the electors of common and UHS districts may vote upon an initial resolution to raise money through a bond issue only at the annual meeting.

SB-195 School Referenda – This bill would eliminate recurring operating referenda to raise revenue authority on a permanent basis. It would also limit multi-year non-recurring operating referenda to 5 years. Finally, and possibly most troubling, the bill eliminates referendum-approved revenue authority from a school district’s base budget that was approved in any previous recurring referendum five years after the effective date of the bill.

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