Nomination papers have been filed and the fields are set for three special elections ordered by Governor Walker for seats in the state legislature. Senate District 10 was vacated when Sheila Harsdorf was appointed Secretary of the Dept. of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection, Assembly District 58 was vacated by the death of Rep. Bob Gannon and Assembly District 66 was vacated by Rep. Cory Mason being elected Mayor of Racine.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, December 19 with the general election to follow on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Below are the candidates on the ballot in each race according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission: Continue reading Special Elections Set for State Legislature
State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been appointed to be the new Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) by Gov. Scott Walker. This will create an open state Senate seat in her Northwestern Wisconsin district that will require a special election, possibly in January.
Gov. Scott Walker today appointed GOP state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf the first female DATCP secretary, calling the longtime lawmaker “an excellent fit to lead the agency.” Continue reading Senator Sheila Harsdorf Appointed New DATCP Secretary
It’s “Back to School” season and with children traveling to and from school all of us to make sure to pay attention and follow the rules of the road while driving. That includes not texting or dialing cell phones while driving.
That said, not every legislative bill the WASB follows is directly related to K-12 education. Some bills affect public safety and the safety of children and adults. One such bill is Assembly Bill 463, which would broaden existing state law prohibitions on cell phone use while driving. The bill caught our attention in part because of the focus this time of year on slowing down and protecting young children. Continue reading Bill on Cell Phone Use While Driving Heard In Assembly
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has announced state Assembly committee membership for the 2017-18 legislative session. As we previously shared here, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (pictured) is returning as chairman of the Assembly Education Committee. This is his second session as chair of the committee. Below are the other GOP Representatives (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 Assembly Education Committee Members and the School Districts They Represent (Updated)