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2017-2018 Legislation

The Department of Public Instruction's Policy and Budget Team analyzes and monitors key legislation affecting schools, libraries, and the department. To view education and library related bills introduced in the 2017-2018 session and whether the department has taken a formal position.  If a bill has an Act number assigned to it under column F of the attached document, the bill has been passed by both houses and signed into law by the governor.

The team works closely with the department's Legislative Liaison, Dee Pettack, who can answer legislative questions or concerns. Legislative inquiries should be directed to Dee Pettack via email or phone at (608) 267-1063.

Informational Hearings

  • Assembly Education Committee, February 9, 2017 
    • Briefing on Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) Handout
    • Review of Administrative Rules Presentation

Assembly Bills

Assembly January 2017 Special Session Bills

Senate Bills

2017 Acts signed into Law

Act Number Bill Number Topic


SB 3

Project Labor Agreements  (Vukmir) Project labor agreements and public contracts


SB 62

School Board Member Salary Refusal (Marklein) Authorizing a school board member to refuse his or her salary


AB 25

Child Labor Permits (Loudenbeck) Child labor permits and modifying references to child labor in the statutes.



Opioid Antagonist Administration to Pupils (Nygren) Emergency administration of opioid antagonist to pupils and other persons



Recovery Charter School (Nygren) Authorizing the Director of UW’s Office of Educational Opportunity to contract for the operation of a recovery charter school, insurance coverage of mental health treatment provided by a recovery charter school, and making appropriations.


SS AB 11

Mental Health Training (Nygren) Mental health training program and making an appropriation.


SB 293

Parental Choice Programs (Olsen) Parental choice programs, the Special Needs Scholarship Program, granting rule-making authority and making an appropriation

Legislative Council Memos Summarizing Acts Signed Into Law

The full text of all acts and any related veto messages can be found on the Wisconsin State Legislature's website.

Legislative Fiscal Bureau 2017 Informational Papers