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Madison — Today Governor Walker signed seven pieces of legislation that passed the regular legislative session with strong bi-partisan support.  The Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) 42 relating to mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect by school employees, SB 86 relating to refusing to employ or to terminate from employment an unpardoned felon, SB 45 relating to administration of medication to pupils, Assembly Bill (AB) 102 relating to crimes against children committed by child care providers, SB 49 relating to revocation for immoral conduct of a license issues by the Department of Public Instruction, SB 204 relating to allowing certain pupils to possess and use an epinephrine auto injector and AB 30 relating to delegation of care and custody of a child.

SB 42 requires all school employees to report suspected child abuse or neglect, and protects the reporter from disciplinary action or threats of disciplinary action or discharge from employment.  It also requires school district employees to receive training in identifying abuse or neglect in the first 6 months of employment, as well as once every 5 years after the initial training. 

“This bill marks another important step in protecting children and providing safeguards to employees who report suspected child abuse or neglect,” said Governor Walker.  “I would like to thank State Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative Robin Vos for authoring this bill.”

SB 86 exempts criminal history from the current statutory definition of employment discrimination when the place of employment is an educational agency.  This bill will allow an educational agency to refuse to employ or to terminate from employment an individual who has been convicted of a felony, whether or not the circumstances of the crime substantially relate to the circumstances of the particular job. 

“Schools and other educational agencies should be able to evaluate a potential employee on their criminal history,” said Governor Walker.  “I would like to thank State Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt for moving forward this legislation that ensures children attending educational facilities are protected from felons.”

SB 45 eliminates current state mandates on the administration of medication to pupils in the school setting.  Under this bill authorized individuals can administer over the counter drugs as well as prescription drugs even if the drug was not supplied by the parent or guardian.  This bill will address practical concerns as well as provide schools with greater flexibility with regard to medication administration.