State Representative Janel
"Right to Carry" bill introduced
Earlier this week, I coauthored a bill that
removes licensing requirements to conceal carry a
firearm, also known as “Right to Carry”. The bill is
often referred to as "Constitutional Carry" as well. Under this law,
law-abiding gun owners no longer have to jump through
hoops and pay the state to practice their Second
Amendment rights. Under current law, you can carry a
firearm openly with no regulation, but have to purchase
a license and get government approval to put it in
your purse. Right to Carry aligns concealed carry laws
with the state’s open carry laws, helping law abiding
citizens easily understand what is expected of them.
This is the next logical step when it comes to your
rights. In the last six years, well over 300,000
concealed carry licenses have been approved, and the
left’s “wild west” argument just hasn’t panned out. It’s
time citizens of Wisconsin have the same rights afforded
to them to conceal carry as they do to open carry.
Also in the bill, the general prohibition against
concealed carrying in k-12 schools is repealed, and is
replaced with a straightforward license that allows for
it, as to comply with federal law. Schools can of course
opt out and still be posted as a gun free zone. The K-12
ban isn’t the only ban being lifted either. Included in
Right to Carry is an option to carry in police stations,
house of corrections facilities, and secure mental
health facilities, so long as the building isn’t posted.
Finally, this bill allows for the widest options for law
abiding citizens to protect themselves by allowing
citizens to conceal carry tasers, granted they can
legally carry a firearm.
A few things are not changed in this bill, mainly, that
Wisconsin will still offer an optional license for those
who wish to conceal carry in another state. Also, the
ban on firearms inside of University of Wisconsin
buildings is maintained.
a handle on school referendums
Several members of the republican
lead legislature joined together this week to introduce
a package of six bills aimed at protecting taxpayers
from overzealous school referendums. The bill that I
authored along with Senator Duey Stroebel will prohibit
the “forever” referendum. Many school districts have
passed referendums that allow them to levy taxes that
exceed the revenue limits, forever. My bill would
require that the voters have the opportunity every five
years to continue or end those revenue exemptions.
The second bill would require all
referendums to be placed on either the April or November
ballot. These elections have a significantly higher
turnout than primaries or special elections.
The third bill would reduce state
aid to a school district by 20% of the total amount of
the excess revenue limit authority passed. The bill
would allow the school board by simple majority to
rescind the revenue limit exemption and avoid the loss
in state aid.
The fourth bill provides incentives
for districts to save the money needed for future
capital construction projects. Right now school
districts can place money into a fund 46 account for
such projects. Under the bill, the state would match
any money the district would put in the fund 46 account
as long as the district does not go to referendum. If
the district did go to referendum within 10 years of
using the matching funds the matching funds would need
to be paid back to the state.
The fifth bill would require school
boards to propose their referendums only at the annual
school board meeting. This would allow much more public
participation since the annual meeting is generally
Finally, the sixth bill would
require the school districts to post the entire cost of
the referendum including debt service. The example I
saw stated a $11.3 million investment but the total
cost was $17.2 million. Voters should be informed of
the actual cost to the taxpayer.
I believe these measures give the
taxpayers a more reasonable playing field, and school districts a
greater set of tools to work with.
God Bless Wisconsin!
Everyone has the right to protect themselves