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
Assembly Bill 846 relating to allowing persons with a license to carry a concealed weapon to possess firearms on school grounds was introduced this week by state Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville). Based on resolutions approved by the Delegate Assembly, the WASB is opposed to this bill.
WASB Resolution 6.11 Weapon Possession (b) states:
The WASB supports safe learning environments for all children, free of guns and other weapons. Further, the WASB opposes any initiatives at the state or federal level that would legalize any further ability for anyone, with the exception of sworn law enforcement officers, to bring a weapon or possess a weapon, concealed or otherwise, in school zones or lessen the consequences for violation of existing safe school policies relating to guns and other weapons. (2004- 18)(2014-15) Continue reading Legislation to Allow Concealed Carry on School Grounds Introduced
Senate Bill 197, authored by state Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), would make a false threat to use a firearm to injure or kill another person in a school zone a class I felony. The bill was heard by the Senate Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, chaired by state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) on Thursday (Jan. 7).
The bill was requested by law enforcement in reaction to a growing number of firearm threats targeting schools and school children. It would mirror current law in regard to bomb threats.
The WASB has registered in support of the bill, noting the anxiety and disruption that such threats cause among students, parents and school employees.
A pair of lawmakers have proposed a bill to allow concealed carry (CCW) permit holders to carry guns on school grounds–and, in some cases, in school buildings.
The authors of the proposal, Senate President Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville), say their proposal is intended to make sure weapons permit holders aren’t inadvertently committing crimes when they drop their kids off at school.
The current Gun Free Schools Zones law prohibits a person , including a CCW permit holder, from possessing a firearm on the grounds of a school. Under the proposed bill, a person who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon could possess a firearm on the grounds of a school but would be prohibited from possessing a firearm in a building on the grounds of a school if instruction is provided to students in the building and if the building has signs posted at all entrances that notify the licensee not to enter or remain in the building while possessing a firearm. Continue reading Bill Would Permit School Boards to Allow Concealed Carry Firearms in Schools
Firearms on School Grounds
Wisconsin lawmakers have passed a bill (Senate Bill 70) to permit off-duty and former police officers to carry guns on school premises on a bipartisan vote.
The Senate voted 22-11 to pass the measure Tuesday. The Assembly followed suit shortly thereafter on a voice vote with no debate. The bill goes next to Gov. Scott Walker.
Current state law generally prohibits a person from possessing a firearm on the grounds of a school or within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school. An exception already exists for police officers who are on duty. Continue reading Legislature Approves Bills on Off Duty & Former Law Enforcement Carrying Firearms in Schools and SAGE
See what education-related bills are moving in the state legislature. Included are updates on bills passing through the Assembly or Senate, bills advancing through standing committees, new bills being introduced, bill drafts being sent out to other legislators for support, and even administrative rules from state agencies. For additional information on these and other state education-related bills check out the State Bill Tracking Chart. We will also pass on federal updates from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) when warranted. Continue reading Bill Tracking For Week of 4/21/15