Seeking School Board Members to Serve on Legislative Study Committees

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The WASB is looking for interested school board members to serve on Legislative Council Study Committees this summer and fall.  It is important that there is school board member input on these committees, comprised of legislators and members of the public, as they recommend legislation to be passed in the next legislative session.

This year there are three that  are likely to be of special interest to school board members and other school leaders: Student Data, Publication of Documents & Notices, and Rural Broadband.

  • The Study Committee on School Data will be chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) with state Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) as Vice-Chair.

Scope: review all student data gathered by DPI and the data security measures that protect student privacy.  The committee shall study whether the data is required by federal law, state statute, or administrative rule and the purposes for which the data is utilized, and consider developing legislation to limit the types of student data collected by DPI and to improve the security of that data.

  • The Study Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices will be chaired state Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield), with state Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) as Vice-Chair.

Scope: update and recodify statutes relating to the publication and distribution of government documents and legal notices, to reflect technological advances and remove obsolete provisions.  The committee shall also study whether, and in what circumstances, current law regarding the publication and distribution of government documents and legal notices, including qualifications for official newspapers, should be modified to allow for information to be made available only electronically or through nontraditional media outlets, and the committee shall recommend legislation regarding any such modifications.

  • The Study Committee on Rural Broadband will be chaired by state Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), with state Representative Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake) as Vice-Chair.

Scope: review the WI Broadband Expansion Grant Program and the extent to which it has encouraged construction of broadband infrastructure in areas of the state with few broadband service providers.  The committee shall discuss the criteria used to evaluate applications and award grants, consider alternatives for determining eligibility and prioritizing proposed projects, consider alternative methods for encouraging construction of infrastructure, and identify options to recommend.

Please let us know if you would like the WASB to recommend you for consideration as a member of any of these committees as soon as possible.  The deadline to apply is May 20.

Interested members must submit a copy of a resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in serving on a particular study committee. The letter should be addressed to the co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Council, Representative Joan Ballweg and Senator Mary Lazich, with a carbon copy sent to Terry Anderson, Director of the Legislative Council. If you are interested, contact Dan Rossmiller or Chris Kulow and we can help you with submitting materials and answer any questions you may have.

Study committees typically meet in Madison three to six times during the summer and fall and ultimately report their recommendations, in the form of bill drafts, to the full Legislative Council for approval and introduction in the next legislative session, set to begin in January 2017.

Note: Public members of study committees are not paid for their service on study committees, but are entitled to receive reimbursement for certain travel expenses, including mileage, parking, meals, and overnight stays, if necessary.