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Senate votes to override Gov. Evers partial veto that raised per pupil revenue limits, and passes three bills affecting WI schools

by | Sep 14, 2023 | Legislative Update Blog, State Budget, State Issue

Resuming session today for the first time since the passage of the State Budget, the Senate voted along party lines to override the partial veto of Governor Evers that raised per pupil revenue limits for the next 402 years. Republicans hold 2/3rds of the chamber, which allows them to override gubernatorial vetoes despite unanimous Democratic opposition. The move comes as part of a larger fight over Governor Evers’ partial vetoes of the Republican tax cuts contained in the state budget. The matter now moves to the Assembly, where the GOP will have to either garner Democratic support or hope a few Democrats are missing from the vote in order to complete (Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) pictured). 

The Senate also voted today on three bills affecting Wisconsin schools. With a vote of (29-4) the body passed AB-109, which establishes a requirement for students to pass .5 credits worth of financial literacy in order to graduate. They also voted to pass AB-166, which alters the definition of “sexual contact” to close a loophole that prevented prosecution of sexual crimes under certain circumstances. These bills now head to the Governor for his signature. SB-313, which raises penalties for failing to stop for a school bus, passed unanimously and now heads to the Assembly where it is expected to pass.

For a complete agenda of the State Senates session today, visit

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