Two Marklein Bills Pass State Senate
Rural Broadband Expansion & School Board Member Salary Opt-Out Pass

MADISON – On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the State Senate passed two bills authored by Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) with unanimous, bi-partisan support.
Senate Bill (SB) 49 expands funding for the Rural Broadband Expansion Grant Program as well as the TEACH grant program for school district technology infrastructure. The bill also adds the work of the Study Committee on Rural Broadband to the structure of the grant program.
SB 62 authorizes a school board member to refuse the salary that he or she is entitled to receive for his or her service as a school board member.  Last session, the legislature passed a bill to enable a municipal elected official to decline their salary, but the original change did not include school board members.
SB 49 and SB 62 passed the Senate with unanimous, bi-partisan support.  Both bills now head to the State Assembly for consideration.
“I am proud of the hard work of all of the stakeholders who dedicated time and effort to these bills,” Marklein said. “I am encouraged by the bi-partisan support for both initiatives and look forward to moving them through the legislative process.”