Tag Archives: 2019-20 Legislative Session

Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

Senate committee membership for the 2019-20 legislative session has been announced. As we reported previously, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen is returning as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education.

Former Assembly Reps. and newly elected Senators Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier are new to the committee as well as former Somerset school board member Patty Schachtner, who was elected in a special election last year.  Below is the full committee roster and the school districts they represent. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

Sen. Luther Olsen named chair of Senate education committee

State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) returns as chair of the Senate Committee on Education. Sen. Olsen is a former Berlin school board member and has chaired the committee every session the GOP has controlled the Senate since being elected in 2004.  He was also chair of the Assembly Education Committee from 1997-2003.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced the standing committees (including several new ones) for the state Senate in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session as well as the chairs.  Vice chairs and the remaining committee members have not been announced yet.  The new session begins on January 7, 2019.

UPDATED: New members appointed to powerful legislative budget committee

The 16 members of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have been set by legislative leadership.  Each house (Senate & Assembly) have 8 members each with 6 members from the majority party and 2 from the minority party.  Both houses have GOP majorities heading into the 2019-20 legislative session.   Continue reading UPDATED: New members appointed to powerful legislative budget committee

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt will return as chair of Assembly education committee

State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) returns as chair of the Assembly Committee on Education.  Rep. Thiesfeldt is a former teacher and administrator in two Lutheran elementary schools and a Lutheran high school.  He has chaired the education committee since the 2015-16 legislative session.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced the standing committees (including several new ones) for the state Assembly in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session as well as the chairs.  Vice Chairs and the remaining committee members have not been announced yet.  The new session begins on January 7, 2019.

 

December advocacy tip: Lay the foundation for successful legislative advocacy

NOW is the time to get started on your advocacy efforts with your state legislators before the 2019-20 legislative session begins on January 7.  Make a friend before you need a friend!  For more tips and advice from WASB on advocacy, see the newly updated Legislative Advocacy Toolkit. Here are some things to consider for laying the groundwork for your advocacy plan: Continue reading December advocacy tip: Lay the foundation for successful legislative advocacy

Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged

The four legislative caucuses recently met to elect their leadership teams and, on the whole, there were not many changes from last session.

Lawmakers new to their leadership posts are marked *.

Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) as Majority Leader and Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) as President.  Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) returns as Senate Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  Also elected to the Senate GOP leadership team are Sens.: Continue reading Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged