Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel clarified that the state Department of Justice (DOJ) would not defend school districts sued for implementing a transgender bathroom policy proposed by state Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) & state Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) (from WKOW – Madison):
At a public hearing on Assembly Bill 469 Thursday, several Democrats and school district administrators expressed doubts that DOJ would defend a district in that situation. But AB 469 author Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) testified that DOJ may step in and defend districts if asked on such cases.
“I heard that and I cringed a little bit,” said Schimel. “The Department of Justice doesn’t represent individual school districts. They have their own counsel for that. We would represent the superintendent of public instruction (DPI) at the state level, if there was some challenge brought to them, but not local school districts.”
See WASB’s testimony on AB 469
The Assembly Education Committee, chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), plans to hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 10AM in Room 417 North of the state Capitol on:
Assembly Bill 469 This bill would require public school boards to designate school restrooms and changing rooms accessible by multiple students as for the exclusive use of either “males” or “females.” Read More
Assembly Bill 469 was coauthored by Representatives Kremer, Thiesfeldt, Craig, Gannon, Horlacher, Jacque, Skowronski and Tittl; cosponsored by Senators Nass, Moulton and Stroebel.
A pair of Republican lawmakers is circulating a bill that would require public school boards to designate school restrooms and changing rooms (i.e., locker or shower rooms) accessible by multiple students as for the exclusive use of either “males” or “females.”
The proposal would effectively bar transgender students (students who identify with a gender that is not their biological gender) from using school bathrooms or changing rooms assigned to the gender with which they identify. It would, however, allow transgender students to use single-occupancy restrooms or changing rooms if their parents or guardians seek the accommodation in writing. Continue reading Lawmakers Seek Gender Restrictions on School Bathrooms, Locker Rooms
Yesterday’s hearing by the state Senate’s Labor and Government Reform Committee was on Senate Bill 49, which calls for full repeal of the state, local and highway prevailing wage laws.
School officials had a significant presence at the hearing, testifying mostly in support of the proposed repeal bill. Board members present to testify in support included Glen Allgaier (Elmbrook), Dave Maxey (New Berlin), John Nyhuis (Oakfield), and Mary D’Amour (Mukwonago). Steve Edlund (Waukesha) expressed concerns with repealing prevailing wage. There were also several superintendents and business officials present. Continue reading Senate Hearing on Prevailing Wage Repeal Held
State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), chair of the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform has scheduled a public hearing next Tuesday (May 5) at 8:30 a.m. on Senate Bill 49, which would repeal the state’s prevailing wage law for public (including school) building projects. Senator Nass has also scheduled a vote on the bill next Thursday (May 7).
Under current law Wisconsin school boards (and other local government units) planning to undertake building projects must apply to the state Dept. of Workforce Development (DWD) for a determination of the prevailing wage rate for each trade or occupation required by the project before soliciting bids or entering into contracts for the building project. DWD determines the prevailing wage rates and informs the school board within 30 days. This law applies to single trade projects of $48,000 or more and to multiple-trade projects of $100,000 or more. Continue reading Prevailing Wage Repeal: Senate Hearing and Vote Scheduled for Next Week