Tag Archives: Guns on School Grounds

Assembly Education Committee Meets Tomorrow

The Assembly Education Committee meets tomorrow at 1pm to vote on several bills and hold a hearing on a WASB-initiated bill on suspension/expulsion of a pupil relating to firearm possession.

Assembly Bill 496 provides local discretion to suspend or begin expulsion proceedings under specific circumstances in which a student brings a firearm onto school grounds. Continue reading Assembly Education Committee Meets Tomorrow

Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on some high profile bills and their chances for becoming law in the remainder of the 2017-18 legislative session based on conversations with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau, pictured).  Included in the story was the “Right to Carry” bill that we have posted on here before and has implications for school districts.

From the MJS: Continue reading Legislative Leaders Comment on “Right to Carry” Bill With Implications for Schools

Committee Vote Scheduled on Right-to-Carry Bill With Implications for Schools

A state Senate committee vote has been scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 19) on a bill — Senate Bill 169 — that, as introduced, would repeal Wisconsin’s state “gun-free school zones” statute.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety included the SB 169, also known as the permit-less carry bill, as the final item in its public notice of an executive session (i.e., a committee vote on the bill) for Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 411 South, State Capitol. Continue reading Committee Vote Scheduled on Right-to-Carry Bill With Implications for Schools

WASB Testimony on Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill

The WASB testified in opposition to the permit-less carry bill Senate Bill 169, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), at a public hearing this week.  As outlined in our testimony, our position was based on resolutions voted on by school board members via our annual Delegate Assembly.

Gov. Walker told the WI State Journal Thursday he supports current law and continuing to require Wisconsin residents to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons.

View our testimony below: Continue reading WASB Testimony on Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill

Hearing on Gun-Free School Zones Law Repeal Bill Set for Next Wednesday

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 169, authored by Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon, pictured), which would repeal the state’s gun free school zones law, among other provisions, on:

Wednesday May 31st
9:30 AM
Room 411 South, State Capitol, Madison

As mentioned, this bill would repeal the state’s gun free school zones law; allow individuals to obtain a “basic” concealed carry licenses without completing firearms training; require school boards to post school buildings and grounds to prohibit possession of firearms by carrying concealed weapon (CCW) license holders in those places; and reduce penalties for persons who possess firearms in school buildings and on school grounds in violation of such postings. Continue reading Hearing on Gun-Free School Zones Law Repeal Bill Set for Next Wednesday

Bill to Allow “Constitutional Carry” of Firearms Could Impact Schools, Boards

A bill draft (LRB-2039/1) released today (3/28) by state Sen. Dave Craig (R-Big Bend, Town of Vernon) and state Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) would provide for the so-called “constitutional carry” of firearms in Wisconsin.  Under this proposal, dubbed the “Right to Carry” bill, gun owners who can legally own a firearm would no longer be required to obtain a license in order to carry a concealed firearm in Wisconsin. Continue reading Bill to Allow “Constitutional Carry” of Firearms Could Impact Schools, Boards

State Senate Adjourns for 2016 Without Acting on Some High-Profile Education Bills

The state Senate adjourned for the 2015-16 session following a late-night on the floor Tuesday (March 15). Earlier, the state Assembly adjourned for the session on Feb. 18.

In order to become law, bills must pass both houses of the Legislature in identical form, and then be signed by the governor.

Among the bills affecting K-12 education that were not passed by both houses in identical form, and are thus officially dead for this session, are:

  • Assembly Bill 481/Senate Bill 355 , which would have imposed restrictions on the scheduling of school referendums and the use of certain types of borrowing by school districts. Under those bills, unless a school board experiences a natural disaster or fire, it could only schedule a referendum vote at a spring or general election. If a referendum vote fails or if school district electors block a borrowing attempt, the district would be prohibited from trying again for at least a year. The WASB opposed these bills. (See previous post.)

Continue reading State Senate Adjourns for 2016 Without Acting on Some High-Profile Education Bills