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Rehiring Annuitants/WRS Retirement Age Bill Circulated

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Representative Felzkowski and Senator Stroebel are circulating a bill that would allow retired public employees to return to a WRS-covered job for a three year period while still collecting their WRS annuities.  The bill would also increase the minimum retirement age for general classification employees from 55 to 59.5.  Under the bill, the retirement age […]

SAA Members Testify on Tobacco 21

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The following SAA members testified in support of Assembly Bill 422, the so-called Tobacco 21 bill at a public hearing today before the Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention. Jim Karedes (Delavan-Darien) Testimony Chris Medenwalt (Monroe) Testimony Gregg Wieczorek (Arrowhead) Testimony Hats off to these High School Principals for taking time out of their […]

Priority Legislative Alert on Tobacco 21

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

The SAA is issuing a Priority Legislative Alert on Assembly Bill 422, the so-called Tobacco 21 legislation. As we reported last week, AB 422 has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6th in the North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North), […]

Wisconsin’s 2019 NAEP Scores Hold Steady

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Wisconsin’s results on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained statistically unchanged, in a year when the nation saw significant declines on three out of four measures. At the same time, achievement gaps persist for Wisconsin. For more information, […]

Assembly Education Committee Executive Session

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Yesterday morning, the Assembly Education Committee recommended for passage several bills that the SAA has an interest in (see below).  Please note, no action was taken on AB 368, relating to declining enrollment relief.  The SAA continues to work with the authors to modify the bill to soften a potential first-year loss for some districts […]

School Law Update: Wisconsin School District Nondiscrimination Obligations

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

From the Legal Side… In its most recent School Law FYI, BoardmanClark  reminds Wisconsin School Districts of their nondiscrimination obligations. The SAA regularly receives these updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of BoardmanClark.  

GOP Won’t Take Up Gun Legislation

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

From WisPolitics.com … The GOP’s top two Republicans yesterday continued to pour cold water on the guv’s call for a special session on guns. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters the Senate likely will adjourn the special session shortly after gaveling it in and said the chamber won’t vote on the two bills the […]

SAA Testifies on Energy Efficiency Bill

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified yesterday in support of Senate Bill 494, relating to the school district revenue limit adjustment for energy efficiency projects.  The testimony was delivered at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.  Hats off to those members that provided valuable input for the testimony. Hats […]

Tobacco 21 Bill to Receive Public Hearing

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

The Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention will hold a public hearing on Assembly Bill 422 (see below), the so-called Tobacco 21 legislation, at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 6th in the North Hearing Room, State Capitol.  The SAA strongly supports this legislation.  If you are interested in testifying, or if you have comments or questions […]

Evers Calls Special Session on Gun Violence

Monday, October 21st, 2019

From WisPolitics.com … Gov. Tony Evers today issued an executive order calling a special session of the Legislature starting Nov. 7 to deal with guv violence. Evers’ order calls on lawmakers to take up “red-flag” law legislation and a bill to create universal background checks. While Evers can call the special session, he doesn’t have […]

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