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 Legislative Tracker

Updated: 4/7/2020

Bill

Description

WSSWA Position

Activity and Status

AB 60
Rep. Stuck

Prohibits use of electronic monitoring for juveniles in truancy cases.

Support

3/7/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is 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;" 5/30/19 public hearing; Executive action taken, but never brought up on Senate floor; Bill is dead.

AB 111
Rep. Stuck

Prohibits conversion therapy.

Support

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

SB 107
Sen. Risser

Same as AB 111.

Support

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

AB 149
Rep. Rodriguez

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

Watch

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

SB 138
Sen. Darling

Same as AB 149.

Watch

9/17/19 Senate Education Committee public hearing – discussion of amending to stipulate “11 character traits” per WCEP; explore use of any remaining $ from school safety appropriations; 10/17/19 Bill was approved by committee, 7-2, with amendment that attempts to define character education and adds other limitations. Executive action taken, but never brought up on Senate floor; Bill is 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 creates 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 dead.

SB 311
Sen. Bewley

Same as AB 338.

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

8/14/19 Senate Judiciary and Public Safety public hearing: Testimony in opposition to bill as written. 9/25/19 Passed out of committee 5-0. 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. An amendment to this effect was drafted by Senator Bewley; Bill was never brought up on Senate floor; Bill is dead.

AB 377

Rep. Spiros

Requires sexual abuse prevention education.

Support

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

SB 347
Sen. Petrowski

Same as AB 377.

Support

8/14/19 Referred to committee; Amendments offered by Sen. Petrowski. No action taken; Bill is 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 dead.

SB 420
Sen. Petrowski

Same as AB 378.

Support

9/17/19 Referred to committee; No action taken; Bill is 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

Strengthens law on seclusion and restraint of pupils in public and private schools.

Support

Passed Legislature and signed into law as 2019 Wisconsin Act 118.

AB 605

Rep. Hutton

Creates unreasonable requirements for any legislation that would require an individual to obtain a license in order 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 dead.

SB 541

Sen. Kapenga

Same as AB 605

Oppose

Passed Senate but was not brought up in Assembly; Bill is dead.

AB 727

Rep. Pope

Limits payments to voucher schools.

Support

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

SB 659

Sen. Erpenbach

Same as AB 727

Support

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

AB 728

Rep. Pope

Requires teachers in voucher schools to be licensed educators.

Support

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

SB 660

Sen. Erpenbach

Same as AB 728

Support

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

SB 661

Sen. Bewley

Same as AB 729

Support

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

AB 730

Rep. Pope

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

Support

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

SB 658

Sen. Erpenbach

Same as AB 730

Support

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



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