By Tim Kowols
With the Wisconsin Legislature’s school safety debate as its background, State Senator Dave Hansen renewed his call for a special election for Senate District 1, which covers Door and Kewaunee Counties. According to a release from Sen. Hansen, the district represents over 170,000 people, including 26,000 children affected by the Senate’s passage of a $100 million school safety bill Tuesday that provides schools with one-time grants needed to make security improvements, train staff, and put police officers in schools. Sen. Hansen was one of four dissenting votes on the bill and says in some degree it is taxation and school safety without representation.
The vacant seat in Senate District 1 was created when former state senator Frank Lasee resigned last December to take a position in Governor Scott Walker’s administration. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Assembly will take up the school safety bill on Thursday.