Legislative Update: October 11

The Assembly’s move to take unlimited attempts to override a veto by the governor has left a sour taste in the mouths of Democrats. Meanwhile, the Senate Education Committee meets next Thursday and will take up bills related to character education, special education licensure, kindergarten enrollment counts, feasibility studies for consolidation or grade sharing, aid for consolidation or grade sharing, shared services, and dyslexia guidebook. Find out more about these measures, and other activity at the Capitol.

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Legislative Update: October 7

The Senate is taking up the minority teacher loan program, a bill expanding the information schools can release as ‘directory data,’ one about school emergency drills, and a proposal on out-of-state teacher license reciprocity.

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Evers asks Godlewski to head new Retirement Security Task Force

Governor Tony Evers has formed the Retirement Security Task Force, and announced that State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski would lead the effort. In a news release, Godlewski said, like citizens nationwide, Wisconsinites are not saving enough for retirement and that an estimated 400,000 Wisconsinites are at risk of retiring in poverty by 2030. The task force, she said, will “identify effective and achievable solutions that will provide an opportunity for all Wisconsinites to save that is separate from the WRS (Wisconsin Retirement System).”

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Legislative Update – September 27, 2019

A series of bills are circulating aimed at suicide prevention, including measures that impact school employees. The proposals were introduced amid some political turmoil, as a task force shifted from asking for a bill to create a hotline to instead demand that funding included in the state budget be released. Democrats are also speaking out because the slate of proposals does not include a bill on a ‘red flag law’ to allow for weapons to be taken from individuals deemed to present a threat to themselves or others. A bill on that was introduced last week, apart from the suicide prevention slate.

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Legislative Update – September 20

Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul are welcoming a bill circulating by Democrats Representative Melissa Sargent and Senator Lena Taylor to allow police to seize the weapons of an individual identified by a judge to be at extreme risk of being a threat to themselves or others. Evers urged lawmakers to support the red flag law (LRB-4383), adding that if Republicans oppose it he may call a special session. Polls show the majority of Wisconsinites favor the measure.

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Legislative Update – September 13

The Senate and Assembly education committees will both meet next week. Topics under consideration include character education, school board meeting notices, special education licensure, and out-of-state teacher license reciprocity.

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