Legislative Update – February 3

February 2

  • Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) announced 12 upcoming listening sessions across his district.
  • Republican leadership announced plans to hire outside lawyers to represent them in an ongoing redistricting lawsuit, which drew swift opposition by Democrats.
  • The Wisconsin Legislative Children’s Caucus announced a series of informational meetings, Community Efforts to Strengthen Families, across the state which will feature local, invited speakers who focus on primary prevention and serve at-risk families. The Children’s Caucus describes itself as a bi-partisan group with the purpose of cultivating a legislature dedicated to advancing promising, evidence-informed public policy that improves the life of every child.

February 1

  • The governor unveiled his plan to provide $66.5M in additional rural schools funding, and some school districts are weighing in on it. The governor will again refer to this during his budget address on February 8.

January 31

  • The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) posted an open letter in response to criticism leveled against it by the Legislature’s Joint Audit Committee.
  • Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) began to circulate a bill (LRB-1378) to repeal the school start date in Wisconsin.

January 27

  • A federal appeals court ruling on the state redistricting case ordered that Wisconsin to produce new maps, pass them through the legislature, and have the governor sign them no later than November 1, 2017.

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