Late last night the state Senate, on a bipartisan 28-4 vote, approved a stripped-down version of Gov. Scott Walker’s school safety package. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) indicated he had reached last-minute agreements with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) on school safety and other issues and Assembly GOP lawmakers are scheduled to discuss those matters today.
It is expected that the Assembly will take up the Senate school safety package Thursday (March 22). Passing the Senate version is likely the only way to get something to the governor as Sen. Fitzgerald stated the Senate will not return to the floor to take up any amendments. Continue reading Senate passes stripped-down school safety package
Copies of the six bills that comprise the governor’s March 2018 special session school safety package have been introduced and posted on the Legislature’s website. At this point, they have been introduced as Assembly Bills only.
No Senate companion bills are posted as yet. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has indicated the Senate may take up the proposals in regular session as an amendment to a regular session bill. Both houses must pass identical bills in an identical session for the provisions to become law. Please encourage your lawmakers to come to an agreement and pass school safety provisions that can get to the governor’s desk for his signature. Continue reading Governor’s special session school safety package bills posted online
Specific details of Governor Walker’s Special Session School Safety Package are becoming available. We anticipate that copies of the six bills that comprise the package will be posted on the Legislature’s website by tomorrow (Friday, March 16) afternoon, once the paper ballot vote in each house on introducing the package of six bills has been tallied.
The heart of the package is the creation of a $100 million grant program, to be administered by a new Office of School Safety within the state Department of Justice (DOJ). The director of this new office would be appointed by the Attorney General. The office would award grants to improve school safety to school districts, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools, and tribal schools. Although the money would be provided in the 2017-18 fiscal year, it would be provided under a continuing appropriation, so that any money that was not spent during the that period would carry over.
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