Legislative Update – May 4

Shankland gets memo highlighting restrictions on local control

Rep. Katrina Shankland of Assembly District 71 in central Wisconsin has shed new light on how local control has taken a step backward under the current legislative leadership.

Read the Memo

The erosion of local control has resulted in unfunded mandates forced on local government, while at the same time politicians in the majority in the Legislature have complained about federal government overreach. Shankland said the Republicans have voted 180 times to restrict local control, calling it “a disregard for local leaders who were also elected.” In just the last legislative session, the majority voted for 23 changes in the budget and 29 changes as separate legislation usurping local control.

Some examples include:

  • prevailing wage
  • school levy limits
  • shoreland zoning
  • minimum wage
  • mining
  • hunting
  • local transit

Joint Legislative Committees Proposed

We’ll know by mid-June if these proposed panels get the go-ahead. Here are a few related to education, families and worker rights:

  • Special Committee on the Applicability of Open Meetings Laws to Quasi-Governmental Bodies – Sen. Fitzgerald
  • Special Committee on Charter Schools – Rep. Vukmir
  • Special Committee on the Review of Crimes Against Children – Sen. Darling
  • Special Committee on the Review of State School Aid Formula – Sen. Olsen
  • Special Committee on Strengthening Wisconsin Families – Rep. Kestell

 Committees & Chairs for the 2018 Interim Period

The Joint Legislative Council has approved several study committees for the 2018 interim, including:

  • Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds: Rep. Katsma, Chair; and Sen. Taylor, Vice Chair
  • Identification and Management of Dyslexia:Rep. Kulp, Chair; and Sen. Schachtner, Vice Chair