Although the state Senate will still meet at least one more time this session and we expect it to pass additional bills, here is a list of the bills affecting public K-12 education that have passed both houses and are ready to be delivered to Governor Walker’s desk:
The two candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court have been set: Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet. Attorney Tim Burns finished third and will not move on to the general election on April 3 to replace Justice Michael Gableman.
According to Wispolitics: “With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Screnock was at 246,853 votes, or 46 percent, while Dallet was at 190,908 votes, or 36 percent, according to unofficial returns collected by The Associated Press. The third candidate, Middleton attorney Tim Burns, was at 95,043 votes, or 18 percent.”
The state Senate passed Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20 on a vote of 31-1. Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) was the only No vote. The state Assembly had previously passed the bill on a 91-2 vote and it now goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.
Also approved by the state Senate: Continue reading Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed
The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to take up Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20. The state Assembly has already passed AB 835 on a vote of 91-2. If passed by the state Senate, it goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.
The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. An amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved by the Assembly.
Also on the February 20th calendar: Continue reading Senate to take up sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill & others on Feb. 20
In case you missed it, here’s a quick rundown of what happened while we were at the State Education Convention last week:
- It was formally announced that Governor Scott Walker will give the 2018 State of the State Address at 3 pm, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
From Wisconsin Public Radio:
Democrats pulled off a political upset in the election for Wisconsin’s 10th state Senate seat Tuesday, capturing a district that Republicans have held since 2001 and that President Donald Trump won handily just 14 months ago.
Results reported Tuesday night by county clerks showed Democrat Patty Schachtner, of Somerset, defeating Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake by a 55-44 percent margin.
Shortly after the numbers came out, Jarchow took to social media to concede the race.
“I just called Patty Schachtner and congratulated her on her victory tonight,” said Jarchow. “I look forward to working with her as our new state Senator. Thank you to all who worked so hard for our campaign.”
Schachtner is the first Democrat to hold the 10th Senate seat since 2000.
Schachtner is also a school board member from the School District of Somerset.
The special election for three seats in the state legislature, one state Senate seat and two state Assembly seats, is happening next Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Here are the seats and candidates that are vying for them:
State Senate District 10 – Parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties
Dem: Patty Schachnter is the St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset School Board member from the town of Star Prairie.
GOP: Adam Jarchow has been in the state Assembly since 2014 representing the 28th Assembly District and is an attorney from Balsam Lake. Continue reading Special Election for State Legislature Next Tuesday, Jan. 16