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
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
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.
Continue reading Governor, Assembly Republicans agree to sales tax holiday and child tax rebate
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.
Continue reading Commission Begins Tackling Wisconsin School Funding
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the leaders of each house of the Wisconsin Legislature, today announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to be chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) (pictured at left from the Legislative Advocacy Conference). WASB Government Relations Director Dan Rossmiller has been appointed to the commission.
The press release announcing the formation of the commission indicates, “The commission will hold its first meeting this month. Beginning next year, the commission will travel around the state conducting public hearings to learn more about school funding issues in Wisconsin. Recommendations will be given to legislative leaders before the end of the session.” Continue reading Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding