Governor Evers vetoed Assembly Bill 383, the bill that would have prohibited a school district from being a member of an interscholastic athletic association (i.e., the WIAA) in the 2021-22 school year unless, for the 2021-22 school year, the association allows an exception to its transfer rules based on the manner in which educational programming was delivered during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.
The governor indicated he vetoed the bill because he objected to the Legislature inserting itself into the decision-making process of a private membership organization. WASB members have gone on record in support of WIAA autonomy by adopting a resolution that supports the governor’s position on this issue.
WASB Resolution 3.98 WIAA Autonomy
The WASB supports the autonomy of WIAA to govern itself and to determine regulations and standards for athletics and student eligibility while taking into account the input of its member schools. The WASB opposes legislative efforts to impose explicit or implicit mandates on the WIAA or its member schools. (2018-8)