WSSWA Legislative Committee

Legislative Chair: Murrene Payton

wsswalegislative@gmail.com

School Social Work Association of America delegate: Kelly Ohme

Legislative Consultant/Lobbiest: Jack O’Meara

WSSWA Government Relations Representative

jack@omearapublicaffairs.com or (608) 294-8746

Upcoming Legislative Committee Meetings via conference call:

September 11th, 2019 at 5pm

If you would like to join our next meeting, please email: wsswalegislative@gmail.com to be added to the call list. 



Legislative News


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 That WSSWA is Lobbying on and Monitoring, 2017-18 (as of 2/19/2018)

Bill Number/Lead Authors)

Topic

WSSWA Position

WSSWA Actions/Status

LRB-2660/P2

Rep. Crowley

Provides funding for schools to reimburse the cost of providing driver education.

Review

WSSWA met with Rep. Crowley’s staff and talked with Rep. Crowley. Bill was circulated for co-sponsors. Not introduced yet.

AB 240

Rep. Sanfelippo

Sen. Stroebel

Added school attendance to Learnfare requirements. An individual who is habitually truant fails to meet the school attendance requirement.

Oppose

Bill passed Assembly. Bill’s provisions were added to the state budget. WSSWA held teleconference with DCF staffer working on implementation of the new provision.

AB 247

(also SB 169)

Rep. Felzkowski

Sen. Craig

Eliminates prohibitions against going armed with a concealed weapon without regarding to licensure status. Eliminates gun-free school zones. Instead, allows schools to post their buildings and grounds under the trespassing laws.

Oppose

In Assembly Committee on State Affairs. No public hearing yet.

AB 280

(also SB 212)

Rep. Krug

Sen. Kapenga

Requires every school district to adopt academic standards for financial literacy and incorporate instruction in financial literacy into the curriculum for grades K to 12.

Support

Passed Legislature and ready to be signed into law as 2017 Wisconsin Act 94.  

AB 341

(also SB 252)

Adds electronic communication as an acceptable method for notifying parents of habitual truants. Allows parents to opt out of electronic method.

Support

WSSWA successfully lobbied to include parental opt-out provision. Bill’s provisions were added to state budget.

AB 369

(also SB 288)

Creates an Occupational License Review Council, which will be required to submit a report by 12/31/18 that will include recommendations for the elimination of state licenses. DPI licenses, including the SSW license, could be included.

No position; Monitor

Public hearing held; No vote in committee yet, but Senate bill could be brought up on Assembly floor.

AB 427

(also SB 340)

Requires DPI, in consultation with DNR, a law enforcement agency, or an organization that specializes in firearm safety, to develop comprehensive firearm education course to be available as an elective in schools. Not limited to hunter education.

Oppose

In Assembly Education Committee. Public hearing held.

AB 496

(also SB 402)

Creates two new exceptions to the gun-free school law for possessing firearms on school grounds. One is for a firearm lawfully stored and locked inside a vehicle. The other is for an activity approved by the school board with safeguards to protect student safety.

No Position; Monitor

Passed Assembly. Available for scheduling in Senate.

AB 660

(also SB 550)

Raises the minimum age for being charged as an adult for many crimes from 17 to 18. $5 million

SB 169

(also AB 247)

Eliminates prohibitions against going armed with a concealed weapon without regarding to licensure status. Eliminates gun-free school zones. Instead, allows schools to post their buildings and grounds under the trespassing laws.

Oppose

Passed committee. Available for scheduling on Senate floor.

SB 288

(also AB 369)

Creates an Occupational License Review Council, which will be required to submit a report by 12/31/18 that will include recommendations for elimination of state licenses. 

No position; Monitor

Passed committee on 3-2 vote; available for scheduling on Senate floor.

SB 340

(also AB 427)

Requires DPI, in consultation with the DNR, a law enforcement agency, or an organization that specializes in firearm safety, to develop comprehensive firearm education course to be available as an elective in schools. Not limited to hunter education.

Oppose

In Senate Education Committee. No public hearing held.

SB 402

(also AB 496)

Creates two new exceptions to the gun-free school law for possessing firearms on school grounds. One is for a firearm lawfully stored and locked inside a vehicle. The other is for an activity approved by the school board with safeguards to protect student safety.

No Position; Monitor

Passed Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety on 5-0 vote. Available to be brought up on Senate floor.




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