WEAC Legislative Update – March 26

Threat to employee rights against discrimination
WEAC’s legal team has uncovered a hidden item in the governor’s proposed budget that would effectively eliminate employee protections against discrimination and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Read more here. Take action now.

“Emergency” Child Labor Law Rollback heading to JFC
Governor Walker is so eager to rollback child labor protections in Wisconsin that he has designated Assembly Bill 25/Senate Bill 11, which would eliminate the permit process of child workers age 16 and 17, as an “emergency bill.” He is using this rarely used procedure to get around the normal legislative rule that no fiscal bill can be passed before the budget. This “emergency” is actually just a blatant assault on both parental rights and legislative norms designed to weaken child labor law. The bill is moving forward and will be voted on in the Joint Finance Committee this Monday. Take Action

WRS bill being discussed

Also resurfacing is a bill by GOP lawmakers raising retirement age and altering pensions for new public employees. The coming bill, again sponsored by Senator Dewey Strobel, is a revision of proposals Stroebel championed last legislative session that never got a hearing. We’ll be watching for the bill to be introduced, and urge members to take action.

WEAC has created a budget overview for use in preparing for Joint Finance Committee hearings and letters to the editor. Email Christina Brey for a copy.

The Week in Review

March 23

The Assembly Education Committee will meet and hold a hearing on the following topics:

  • AB-071Pupil Data Inventory, An inventory of pupil data.
  • AB-072Pupil Data Security, Responsibilities of state superintendent related to privacy and security of pupil data.
  • PI 7 – Pupil Transportation
  • PI 12 – Wisconsin School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired
  • PI 18 – High School Graduation Standards
  • PI 19 – Education for School Age Parents
  • LRB-2205/P1DPI Grant Programs, Modifying rules related to various grant programs administered by the Department of Instruction.
  • LRB-2205/P2DPI Grant Programs, Modifying rules related to various grant programs administered by the Department of Instruction.
  • LRB-2204/P1Memo Alternative Education Grants, Alternative education grants.
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Update from DPI Discuss DPI white papers to give general input and any other issues or questions on the topic.

March 22

  • School Board Member Salary. The Senate Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government Committee held an executive session on SB-062, authorizing a school board member to refuse his or her salary.

Ahead in the Legislature

March 27-30

  • Agency briefings scheduled.
    • March 28
      • Department of Administration budget overview
      • Department of Employee Trust Funds including self-insured group health plans
      • Elections Commission
      • Supreme Court
      • Department of Corrections
      • Department of Safety and Professional Services
    • March 29
      • Department of Justice Department of Veteran Affairs
      • Department of Health Services
      • Department of Children and Families
      • Department of Revenue (including Shared Revenue and Property Tax Relief and Lottery)
      • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation • Department of Transportation
    • March 30
      • Public Service Commission
      • Department of Natural Resources
      • Wisconsin Technical College System
      • University of Wisconsin System
      • Department of Public Instruction
      • Historical Society
      • Department of Workforce Development
      • Labor and Industry Review Commission
    • Joint Finance Committee will hold executive session on:
      • SB-049Broadband Expansion (Marklein, Howard) The information technology block grant program, the broadband expansion grant program, waiving certain fees and appraisals, and making appropriations.
      • AB-025Child Labor Permits (Loudenbeck, Amy) Child labor permits and modifying references to child labor in the statutes.

April

  • Joint Finance Committee budget hearings and Democratic budget hearings.

May

  • Joint Finance Committee executive sessions.

Don’t see something in the wrap-up? Looking for more information? Contact Christina Brey.