Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to sign 90 bills, including several affecting K-12 education, during a marathon bill signing ceremony scheduled to last from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Monday (April 16).
Among the bills scheduled to be signed are:
Assembly Bill 332, which restores local control over the number of signatures required for the nomination of candidates to the school board in school districts that contain territory lying within a 2nd class city. Continue reading Governor to sign more K-12 education bills into law Monday
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced state Senate committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As expected, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He 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. Below are the other GOP Senators (minority/Democrat committee membership has not yet been announced) on the committee including the school districts represented by each. 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 Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) will return as the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), the powerful state budget-writing committee. Two new committee members, Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah, were appointed to replace retiring Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) while Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) was removed from the committee.
See the full list below, along with the school districts each represents. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a great position to have the ear of legislators who are very influential in the development of the state budget: Continue reading School Districts Represented by GOP Members of Joint Finance Committee
A public hearing will be held tomorrow morning (Wednesday, Sept. 23) on Senate Bill 213, relating to funding post-retirement health care benefits of local government employees, before the Senate Committee on Elections and Local Government. According to the hearing notice, the hearing will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Room 330 South West, State Capitol.
Senate Bill 213, like its companion Assembly Bill 269, would require school boards (and other local governmental employers) to pre-fund post-retirement health benefits (also known as “other post-employment benefits” or “OPEB”) offered to certain new employees. While the WASB acknowledges that ensuring employee OPEB obligations are adequately funded reflects best practices, the WASB opposes these bills because they are overly restrictive and interfere with local control. (See earlier post on AB 269.)
You can view a copy of the WASB’s testimony here.
A pair of companion bills, Assembly Bill 269/Senate Bill 213, authored by State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) would require school boards to pre-fund post-retirement health benefits (also known as other post employment benefits or “OPEB”) offered to new employees. (WASB opposes these bills in their present form)
Continue reading Hearing Set on Bill to Require Pre-Funding of Post-Retirement Health Benefits by School Boards