Government Relations

Government Relations Legislative Update

Government Relations Legislative Update

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

Friday, April 16, 2010

Thursday Session Update

The Senate and Assembly were in session on Thursday, April 15. The Assembly acted on the following legislation related to the UW System:
  • SB 431 – Diploma Mills (UW System position: SUPPORT). Passed, 53-44. This legislation now needs the Governor's signature.
  • SB 121 – Career Conversations Program (UW System position: SUPPORT). Assembly Amendment 1 adopted, voice vote. Passed, voice vote. This legislation, as amended, must be reapproved by the Senate.
  • SB 409 – Wisconsin C.O.R.E. Jobs Bill (UW System position: SUPPORT). Assembly Amendment 6 adopted, voice vote. Passed, 88-9. This legislation, as amended, must be reapproved by the Senate.
The Senate approved 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. For more information, see our earlier announcement.

Session Next Week
The Senate and Assembly will be in session again on Tuesday, April 20. The calendars have not yet been posted, but the Assembly will be considering two bills which impact the UW System. SB 514 adds three UW-Milwaukee building projects to the 2010-11 authorized state building program. SB 523 makes it an unfair labor practice for employers to discourage 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.

For more information on legislation to be considered by the Assembly on Tuesday, see Assembly Resolution 23.