The below links include a sample board resolution as well as a sample letter to legislators to assist in your advocacy efforts relating to legislation (AB 481/SB 355) to place restrictions on school district referenda ballot dates and implement a 2 year moratorium on referenda (or any other mechanism related to borrowing or raising revenue) following a failed referendum.
Sample Resolution on School Referenda
Sample Letter on School Referenda
We will keep you posted if these bills get scheduled for a public hearing in either house. Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), chair of the Assembly Education Committee, said on a panel at the WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference that while he personally has concerns with Assembly Bill 481, he would likely give it a public hearing. Senate Bill 355 is in the Senate Elections and Local Government Committee, chaired by state Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) who has given no indication yet whether his committee will hear the bill.
In a draft memo being circulated for support from legislative colleagues, state Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) and state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg), are proposing legislation to place restrictions on school district referenda ballot dates and implement a 2 year waiting period following failed referenda.
Currently, a school referendum can coincide with a primary election, general election, or a special election can be called specifically for the referendum. Under this bill, a school district referendum would have to coincide with a regularly scheduled Spring or Fall general election.
Currently, there is no limitation on whether, and how frequently, a referendum may be placed before voters. This bill would prevent a school board from bringing a new referendum request for two years if a referendum is voted down. Continue reading Legislative Proposal Would Place Restrictions on School Referenda