Legislative procedure can be complicated, and its intricacies can have a big impact on what gets passed–or not passed. Take Gov. Walker’s call for a legislative Special Session to address school safety, for example. Although the governor has met with legislative leaders from his own party in both houses of the Legislature, it is becoming clear that the two houses do not share a common plan of action and likely do not even agree on what a final package on school safety should look like. Continue reading Governor’s school safety plan may face procedural hurdles in Legislature
From the governor’s office press release:
MADISON—Governor Scott Walker today called for a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass his comprehensive School Safety Plan.
“No child, parent, or teacher should ever have to feel unsafe in school,” said Governor Walker. “This package of bills focuses on ways we can help schools be safe, just like we did at the federal level ensuring that every airport and airplane were safe after 9/11. The same thing needs to be true for our schools all across the State of Wisconsin. We are putting $100 million behind this plan.” Continue reading Gov. Walker announces $100 million school safety package; calls for special session of the legislature
As we await the release of a proposal on school safety from Governor Walker and legislative leaders, there is disagreement between the Senate and Assembly GOP majorities on how to take up school safety legislation. The gist of it is this: if the school safety legislation is taken up in a special session, that is the only legislation that can be debated. If it is taken up as a part of the ongoing regular session, any other bills that are still alive can also be taken up at the same time. Continue reading Update on legislative action on school safety
As the 2017-18 Legislative Session winds down, the Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to meet in floor session tomorrow to take up a full calendar of bills, including two K-12-related bills:
Assembly Bill 780—Notice to a school of a permanency review or hearing, notice to a school district of a foster home or group home license or out-of-home care placement, and transfer of pupil records. This bill changes the requirements for notifying schools in the process of placing a child in out-of-home care. It adds the child’s school to the list of entities that receive notice of the review or hearing on the child’s proposed permanency plan and that may have the opportunity to submit written comments to the court on the proposed plan, but may not otherwise participate in the review or appear at the hearing. AB 780 is is one of 13 bills developed the Task Force on Foster Care established last June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). (See previous post.) Continue reading Full Assembly to take up two education bills on Feb.13
Assembly Republicans and Governor Walker have struck a deal on a proposal to provide taxpayers with a one-time tax credit of $100 per child and a one-time sales tax holiday for purchases of $100 or less. This agreement replaces an earlier plan proposed by the governor to create an ongoing, annual child tax credit.
While Republicans who firmly control the state Assembly are on board, the future of the proposal in the GOP-controlled state Senate, however, is uncertain.
According to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), it’s unclear whether Senate Republicans will support it. Fitzgerald said he will discuss the proposal with his members Tuesday.
Late last month, the Task Force on Foster Care established in June by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released a package of 13 draft bills intended to improve Wisconsin’s foster care system. The “Foster Forward” package is the result of six public hearings across the state and addresses four policy goals: Prevention Efforts, Improving the Child Welfare System, Support for Foster Care Providers, and Support for Foster Care Youth.
Several of those proposed bills are aimed at encouraging more families to sign up as foster parents, while other measures focus on preventing children from entering the foster care system. Speaker Vos says he aims for the full Assembly to take the package of bills up in January. Continue reading Bills to Improve State Foster Care System to Get Assembly Attention
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding met for the first time yesterday (Dec. 14), holding an informational public hearing that featured presentations from the staff of the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) as well as the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Those presentations led to a lively question and answer session between presenters and Commission members.
The entire hearing was broadcast live on Wisconsin Eye, our state’s version of C-SPAN. A video recording of the entire hearing should be uploaded to the Wisconsin Eye website and available for viewing on Monday.