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State Relations

*there will be no newsletter the week of may 27 due to the memorial day holiday*

veto override period

The Wisconsin State Senate convened on Tuesday, May 14, during the veto override period, to act on legislation that Governor Evers vetoed this session. The full calendar for the day can be found here, though not all items were actually voted on. The ones that were voted on can be found here with a checkmark next to them. The following bills affecting the Universities of Wisconsin were voted on:

  • Senate Bill 312, relating to: programs and requirements to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. This bill was fully vetoed by the governor on April 9, 2024. The Senate voted to override the veto with a 22-9 vote.
  • Senate Bill 917, relating to: student teaching requirement for teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority. This bill was fully vetoed by the governor on March 29, 2024. The Senate voted to override the veto with a 22-9 vote.
  • Senate Bill 932, relating to: modifications to building program project budgets, selection of project architects and engineers, single prime contracting, agency cooperation with energy conservation contractors, timeline for claims before the Claims Board, and making a transfer to the state building trust fund. This bill was fully vetoed by the governor on March 29, 2024. The Senate voted to override the veto with a 21-10 vote.

The Assembly did not convene to vote on these veto overrides, so the governor’s original vetoes stand.

*there will be no newsletter the week of may 27 due to the memorial day holiday*

state building commission

The State Building Commission will be meeting on Wednesday, May 22, in the Wisconsin State Capitol. The subcommittee times are as follows:

  • The Administrative Affairs Subcommittee: 10:00 a.m.
  • Higher Education Subcommittee: 11:00 a.m.
  • Full Commission: 3:00 p.m.

The agenda can be viewed on the DOA website. You can also view the committee proceedings live on WisconsinEye.

 

board of regents

The June meeting of the Board of Regents at UW-Milwaukee is being held Thursday, June 6-Friday, June 7. Materials can be viewed here once available.

Federal Relations

*there will be no newsletter the week of may 27 due to the memorial day holiday*

fy25 appropriations update

Last week, Appropriations Committee Chair Cole previewed the interim FY25 subcommittee allocations. As is noted in the linked release, Chairman Cole said, “Some subcommittees, such as Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Financial Services-General Government, and State-Foreign Operations, will receive significant cuts of 10-11%.” As the appropriations process continues to move forward, we will remain actively engaged with our Congressional delegation on the importance of the funding priorities of our universities.

In the background of this announcement, the Committee also announced the anticipated subcommittee and full committee markup of the appropriations legislation. If interested, you can read the schedule here. Importantly, the Subcommittee markup of the Labor-HHS-Education bill is expected on June 27th and the full committee markup is expected July 10th. As bill drafts are released and this process continues to move forward, additional updates will be provided.

*there will be no newsletter the week of may 27 due to the memorial day holiday*

education and the workforce committee hearing

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Calling for Accountability: Stopping Antisemitic College Chaos” on May 23rd. The hearing is now scheduled to begin at 8:45AM Central Time and witnesses will include:

  • Mr. Michael Schill, President, Northwestern University
  • Dr. Gene Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University 

You can watch the Committee hearing on the Committee’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/@EdWorkforceCmte.

 

house committee on agriculture

On May 23rd, the House Committee on Agriculture will hold a markup of the “Farm Food, and National Security Act of 2024.” The time has not yet been announced; however, you will be able to watch the Committee markup on the Committee website here.

 

house and senate schedule

The House of Representatives and Senate are both scheduled to be in DC and voting this week. As the schedules are released, you can see the expected votes on the House and Senate websites respectively.