WASB-backed notice bill set for hearing on Wednesday, May 22

The Assembly Committee on Local Government has scheduled a public hearing on a WASB-supported bill (Assembly Bill 170) updating state statutes specifying the method for notifying board members of a special meeting of a school board. The hearing will be held in Madison on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 400 Northeast of the State Capitol.

The WASB worked with Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) on this bill, which is modeled on similar legislation enacted into law last session as (2017 Wisconsin Act 50) revamping the method for giving council members notice of a special meeting of a city council.

Currently, the notice of a special school board meeting must be delivered personally to each school board member or left at or mailed by first class mail to the member’s usual place of abode.

Under Assembly Bill 170, notice must be given in a manner likely to give the school board member notice of the special board meeting. This could include, for example, a phone call or an email, and better reflects the way people communicate today.  These methods are cheaper and easier than mailing or hand-delivering such notices.

The idea for this bill came out of conversations with the former West Bend School Board President.