Government Relations

Government Relations Legislative Update

Government Relations Legislative Update

Updates on state and federal issues relating to the UW System.

Friday, April 23, 2010

State lawmakers conclude 2010 legislative session

After finishing up its Thursday floor calender, the State Senate adjourned yesterday afternoon thereby concluding its 2010 regular legislative session. The State Assembly also met on Thursday and finished up early this morning before adjourning for the year.  A Limited Business Session is scheduled for May 4-6 to allow the Legislature take up items such as resolutions and employment contracts.

Here are some highlights from the last couple days:

Regents Bradley and Manydeeds Confirmed

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Senate confirmed UW System Regents Mark Bradley and Ed Manydeeds.  Governor Doyle originally appointed Regent Bradley in 2003.  Regent Manydeeds was appointed in March 2010.  This is Bradley's second term and Manydeeds' first term.

Undergraduate Research Day proclaimed for May 5th
The Assembly gave final approval to SJR 66, which proclaims May 5, 2010, as Undergraduate Research Day and commends University of Wisconsin System students, faculty, and staff. Undergraduate Research Day is observed in conjunction with Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research.

The following legislation related to the UW System received final legislative approval and now goes to the Governor:
  • SB 407 - Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarships (UW System bill position: SUPPORT)
  • SB 514  - Adds three UW-Milwaukee building projects to the 2010-11 authorized state building program.  The UW System Board of Regents previously endorsed these projects.
  • AB 523  - Expands State Employment Labor Relations Act (SELRA), making it an unfair labor practice for employers to discourage state employees from exercising their rights to bargain collectively. This bill was amended by the Senate last week to clarify that the bill does not interfere with a faculty member's right of academic freedom.
Another Legislative Retirement
Today, 51st Assembly District Representative Steve Hilgenberg (D-Dodgeville) announced that he will not seek re-election to a third term in the Assembly.  For more information, see his press release.

Next week, we will provide a wrap-up of the 2009-2010 legislative session.