An interesting wrinkle has developed on the competitive bidding front. Last Thursday (July 13), one day after a public hearing was held on Assembly Bill 307, a bill mandating that schools use competitive sealed bidding for school construction projects, (see previous post), a “DOT Reform” bill draft (LRB 3884/1) was circulated by Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Pewaukee) and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and others. Included in that “DOT reform” package, is language authorizing cities, villages, towns, counties and technical colleges to use “alternative project delivery methods,” including: “Design-Build”; “Design-Build-Finance”; “Construction Manager-General Contractor” and “Fixed-price variable-scope” delivery methods.
Under current law, a school board may utilize such alternative project delivery methods if it wishes, so long as it has not voluntarily adopted a local board policy requiring competitive bidding. However, if AB 307 becomes law and competitive bidding becomes mandatory for all school districts, specific authorization would be needed for schools to use these alternative project delivery methods.
Continue reading New Twist to Proposed Competitive Bidding Mandate on Schools
Since our last post on the topic, most of the bills have been introduced and referred to standing committees. For a brief description of each bill see that previous post or click on the bill links below to see the actual bill language. Each proposal but one has a Senate and Assembly bill listed. These are identical companion bills, a common tactic to allow for proposals to begin the legislative process in each house simultaneously.
Senate Bill 191/Assembly Bill 282 by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured) & Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville) – Limitations on when operating referenda and debt issuance referenda may be called. Continue reading Update on School Referendum Restriction Package of Bills
A controversial proposal by state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) to make the position of the state superintendent of public instruction appointed by the governor rather than elected in the spring has been introduced in the state Assembly.
Assembly Joint Resolution 84 would amend section 1 of article X of the constitution; relating to: appointment of the state superintendent of public instruction by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate (first consideration). It has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee. Continue reading State Superintendent Constitutional Amendment Introduced
Wisconsin’s state superintendent of public instruction would be appointed by the governor, rather than elected by voters, under a proposed constitutional amendment being circulated for co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis).
Under current law, the head of the Department of Public Instruction is elected by voters for a four-year term in the spring election. Tony Evers has held the position since 2009.
A proposed constitutional amendment requires approval by the Legislature in two consecutive sessions and ratification from statewide voters at the ballot box to be adopted. Continue reading State Superintendent Would be Appointed by Governor Under Proposal