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

WSSWA Goes to Washington!

On June 19-21, 2019, President-Elect Angela Baerwolf and WSSWA Delegate Kelly Ohme attended the Delegate Assembly hosted by SSWAA.  They came together with other state affiliates to discuss how to be an effective board, as well as how to better engage YOU, our members.



Kelly was joined by Legislative Chair Murrene Payton and board member Susan Baumann-Duren on June 21-23 for the Legislative Institute.  The three met with the offices of Senators Baldwin and Johnson, as well as Representatives Sensenbrenner and Pocan, to advocate for issues important to school social workers.  They covered such topics as:

  • Increase federal investment in education
  • Provide adequate funding for ESSA, a student support and academic enrichment grant
  • Increase school mental health services
  • Provide a path to citizenship for DACA individuals


Legislative News


Wisconsin School Social Workers Association

Updated: 2/26/2020

Bill

Description

WSSWA Position

Activity and Status

AB 60
Rep. Stuck

Prohibits the use of electronic monitoring for juveniles in truancy cases.

Support

3/7/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 84
Rep. Tauchen

Prohibits “shaming” related to school lunch and breakfast programs.

Support, requested change to improve legislation

3/19/19 Referred to committee; WSSWA supports, but requested an amendment to read: "every effort will be made to engage the parents/guardians in the process of filling out the lunch application by encouraging them to fill out the application themselves and/or by offering assistance;" No executive action taken; Bill is presumably dead.  

AB 111
Rep. Stuck

Prohibits conversion therapy.

Support

3/22/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.  

SB 107
Sen. Risser

Same as AB 111.

Support

3/15/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.  

AB 149
Rep. Rodriguez

Creates “character education” professional development grants to districts (teachers, admin., pupil services).

Watch

4/3/2019 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

SB 138
Sen. Darling

Same as AB 149.

Watch

3/28/19 Referred to committee; Bill was amended to attempt to define character education and add other limitations; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 338
Rep. Doyle

Makes it a felony to issue a threat to use a dangerous weapon on school property to injure or kill a person and providing a penalty (Class I Felony: a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 3 years and 6 months, or both).

Oppose

7/16/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.  

SB 311
Sen. Bewley

Same as AB 338.

Oppose bill as originally drafted, but author has agreed to amendment

WSSWA met with staff for lead author of the bill, Senator Janet Bewley, and requested change to require underage violators to consult with a licensed mental health professional like a social worker; Amendment to this effect has been drafted by Senator Bewley; Bill was not brought up on Senate floor; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 377

Rep. Spiros

Requires sexual abuse prevention education.

Support

8/28/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.  

SB 347
Sen. Petrowski

Same as AB 377.

Support

8/14/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 378
Rep. Sargent

Requires schools to provide teen dating violence education; sets certain criteria governing instruction; and requires DPI to incorporate teen dating violence/sexual violence prevention into health curriculum

Support

8/28/10 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

SB 420
Sen. Petrowski

Same as AB 378.

Support

9/17/19 Referred to Education Committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 528
Rep Duchow

Provides grants to high schools for peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs.

Support

Passed Legislature and signed into law as 2019 Wisconsin Act 83.

SB 527
Sen. Olsen

Makes changes further strengthening current law regarding seclusion and restraint of pupils in public and private schools.

Support

Passed both legislative houses; Will soon be sent to Governor for his signature.  

AB 605

Rep. Hutton

Creates unreasonable requirements for any legislation that would require an individual to obtain a license to engage in a particular profession or occupation.

Oppose

11/15/19 Referred to committee; Voted out of committee but was not brought up on Assembly floor; Bill is presumably dead.  

SB 541

Sen. Kapenga

Same as AB 605

Oppose

Passed Senate; Bill was not brought up on Assembly floor; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 727

Rep. Pope

Limits payments to voucher schools.

Support

1/9/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

SB 659

Sen. Erpenbach

Same as AB 727

Support

1/8/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 728

Rep. Pope

Requires teachers in voucher schools to be trained educators.

Support

1/9/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

SB 660

Sen. Erpenbach

Same as AB 728

Support

1/8/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 729

Rep. Pope

Gives taxpayers referendum authority to approve aid diversions to voucher schools.

Support

1/9/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

SB 661

Sen. Bewley

Same as AB 729

Support

1/8/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.

AB 730

Rep. Pope

Caps enrollments in three major voucher programs and sunsets special needs scholarships.

Support

1/9/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.  

SB 658

Sen. Erpenbach

Same as AB 730

Support

1/8/20 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is presumably dead.


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