Legislative News

Legislative Chair: Julie Incitti

SSWAA Delegate Assembly: 

Legislative Consultant/Lobbiest: Jack O’Meara

Upcoming Legislative Committee Meetings via conference call:

March 16, 2017 5pm

email: wisconsinssw@gmail.com to be included in the call. Place “WSSWA Legislative Committee Meeting Request” in the Subject Line

Capitol Update

Jack O’Meara,
WSSWA Government Relations Representative
jack@omearapublicaffairs.com or (608) 294-8746.


New!State Superintendent's Budget (p.9) - Funding for School Mental Health, including

  • Collaboration grants between schools and behavioral health clinics
  • Professional development for SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral for Treatment), Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma-Sensitive Schools
  • Categorical aid for more school social work services
WSSWA lobbied in support of this proposed funding.

  • A coalition of education groups has issued preliminary recommendations to streamline licensing of WI educators, including eliminating school social work licensure.
  • WSSWA is working on having the voice of school social workers in Wisconsin included in discussions on this issue.


Legislation WSSWA Lobbied On and Monitored in 2015-16 Legislative Session


(Updated: 5/25/2015)


Bill #/Lead Author(s)

Topic

WSSWA Position

Status/WSSWA Action

AB 1

Rep. Thiesfeldt


School accountability legislation that included letter grades for schools and conversions to private charter schools for schools that receive a D or F grade.  

Oppose

Issue was dealt with in 2015-17 state budget; changes included in budget are not as punitive as those in AB 1.

AB 69

Rep. Genrich

Sen. Lassa

Targeted fraud in parental choice program; Idea is to have same standards apply to choice program as apply to other benefit programs.

Monitor

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 216

Rep. Barnes

Sen. Larson

Same as SB 146

Would have created community school start-up grants.

Support

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 234

Rep. Jorgenson

Sen. Ringhand

Would have increased payments for school breakfasts from 15 cents (or less, depending on funding) per breakfast to 30 cents per breakfast

Support

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 248

Rep. Krug

Sen. Marklein

Same as SB 177

Would have required school boards to incorporate financial literacy into curriculum and UW institutions and tech colleges to cover financial literacy in orientation programs.

Oppose

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 294

Rep. Barnes

Sen. Larson

Same as SB 216

Would have increased state funding for special education to no less than 33% of a district’s certified, eligible costs.  


Support

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 295

Rep. Barnes

Sen. Larson

Same as SB 215

Would have increased school revenue limits consistent with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Support

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 332

Rep. Sanfellipo

Sen. Stroebel

Same as SB 250


Created exemptions to participation limit for the statewide parental choice program, thereby allowing more students into the program.


Oppose

Passed Legislature and was signed into law (2015 Wisconsin Act 72).

Bill #/Lead Author(s)

Topic

WSSWA Position

Status/WSSWA Action

AB 378

Rep. Hutton

Sen. Petrowski

Same as SB 280

Would have raised the minimum age for being charged as an adult for many crimes from 17 to 18.  

Monitor

Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 469

Rep. Kremer

Sen. Nass

Same as SB 582

Would have required school districts to define “changing rooms” (restrooms and changing rooms) by sex, and require students to use the changing rooms that correspond with their sex as defined at birth.

Oppose

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Public hearing held. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 481

Rep. Schraa

Sen. Stroebel

Same as SB 355

Would have placed new, unreasonable limitations on borrowing by school districts.

Oppose

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

AB 664

Rep. Kitchens

Sen. LaMahieu

Prohibited the Department of Health Services (DHS) from requiring a mental health clinic or a licensed treatment professional to designate a school site as a clinic office in order to provide outpatient mental health services at the school.

Support

Passed the Legislature and was signed into law (2015 Wisconsin Act 294).

AB 918

Rep. Brostoff

Sen. C. Larson

Would have repealed the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR), reinstated an expanded Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program, and phased out state-funded voucher programs for private schools.

Support

Referred to Assembly Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

SB 67

Sen. Farrow

Rep. Kitchens

Prohibited DPI from issuing a school accountability report for the 2014-15 school year.

Support

Passed the Legislature and was signed into law (2015 Wisconsin Act 20).

SB 122

Sen. Harris Dodd

Rep. Genrich

Allowed use of first class mail and electronic means and first class mail for notifying parents or guardians of habitually truant pupils.

Support

Passed the Legislature and was signed into law (2015 Wisconsin Act 52). WSSWA developed legislation and worked to get it passed and signed into law.

SB 146

Sen. C. Larson

Rep. Barnes

Same as AB 216


Would have created community school start-up grants.

Support

Referred to Senate Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

Bill #/Lead Author(s)

Topic

WSSWA Position

Status/WSSWA Action

SB 177

Sen. Marklein

Rep. Krug

Same as AB 248

Would have required school boards to incorporate financial literacy into curriculum and UW institutions and tech colleges to cover financial literacy in orientation programs.


Oppose

Referred to Senate Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

SB 215

Sen. Larson

Rep. Barnes

Same as AB 295

Would have increased school revenue limits consistent with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Support

Referred to Senate Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

SB 216

Sen. Larson

Rep. Barnes

Same as AB 294

Would have increased state funding for special education to no less than 33% of a district’s certified, eligible costs.  

Support

Referred to Senate Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

SB 254

Sen. Olsen

Rep. Czaja

Made various changes to the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Program and delayed evaluation until 2018-19 school year.

Support

Passed the Legislature and was signed into law (2015 Wisconsin Act 71).

SB 280

Sen. Petrowski

Rep. Hutton

Same as AB 378

Would have raised the minimum age for being charged as an adult for many crimes from 17 to 18.  

Monitor

Referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

SB 355

Sen. Stroebel

Rep. Schraa

Same as AB 481

Would have placed new, unreasonable limitations on borrowing by school districts.


Oppose

Referred to Senate Elections and Local Government Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.

SB 582

Rep. Kremer

Sen. Nass

Same as AB 469

Would have required school districts to define “changing rooms” (restrooms and changing rooms) by sex, and require students to use the changing rooms that correspond with their sex as defined at birth.

Oppose

Referred to Senate Education Committee. Bill died when legislative session ended.



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