FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    
November 29, 2018
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
(608) 266-2418

Study Committee on Minor Guardianship Recommends Legislation

MADISON – Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) released the following statement after the Legislative Council Study Committee on Minor Guardianship, chaired by Rep. Steineke, voted to recommend legislation to better serve Wisconsin children and guardians in the coming session:

“About a year ago, a constituent came to me outlining the issues she was having within our state’s minor guardianship laws. At the root of the problem was the absence of an idea so simple and sensible – that the best interest of the child should be taken into consideration when navigating these cases. From that point on, I knew that changes needed to be made to best serve some of our most vulnerable kids, their parents, and their guardians.

“Chairing the Legislative Council Study Committee on Minor Guardianships, I have had the opportunity to work alongside experts who know the ins and outs of these issues, who have been meeting for years to address many of the same concerns my legislative colleagues and I have heard about, and who are passionate about protecting our children and families.

“I am proud today to have voted to recommend a comprehensive bill that will make a real difference for families during uncertain times. I would like to thank the Vice-Chair of the committee, Senator Latonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), as well as our other legislative and private members for their attention to this important topic. As we enter the new session, I look forward to continuing to advocate for this bill and this issue, so that we can guarantee the best interest of every child in Wisconsin is being considered and protected.”