Assembly to vote on school class time, lemonade stands, rental regulations

Assembly to vote on school class time, lemonade stands, rental regulations

The state Assembly has passed a Republican bill that would allow dozens of southeastern Wisconsin school districts to spend less time teaching if they perform well.

The Republican proposal would create a pilot program in which school districts that earn ratings of “significantly exceeds expectations” or “exceeds expectations” on annual school report cards wouldn’t have to follow state mandates for minimum hours of direct student instruction.

Forty school districts across Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Outagamie, Washington, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago counties would be eligible to participate in the program.

The Assembly passed the bill Tuesday on a voice vote. The measure goes next to the state Senate.

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill legalizing lemonade stands

The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would legalize children’s lemonade stands.

The Republican bill would allow a minor to operate a temporary food stand without a local permit or license or a state food processing or retail food establishment license. The stand can’t generate more than $1,000 in annual sales, however, and must be operated on a temporary basis on private property.

The measure’s author, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, says he was driven to draft the bill by a media report of Appleton police shutting down two pre-teen girls’ lemonade stand in 2011.

The Assembly approved the bill on a voice vote Tuesday afternoon. It goes next to the state Senate.

Assembly to vote on bill relaxing rental regulations

The Wisconsin Assembly is set to take up a bill that would relax local regulations on landlords.

Under the bill, local governments could establish rental property inspection programs only in blighted areas and areas with numerous complaints, decreasing property values or increases in single-family home conversions to rental units. If an inspection doesn’t reveal a violation or the violation is corrected within a month further inspections would be prohibited for five years.

Local governments would be prohibited from enacting ordinances based on a building’s aesthetics. Stays of eviction for tenants applying for emergency assistance would be limited to 10 days. Landlords could charge potential tenants $5 more for credit reports and charge out-of-staters up to $25 for a background check.

The Assembly is set to vote on the measure Tuesday.

Assembly OKs bill relaxing rental regulations

The state Assembly has approved a Republican bill that would limit rental property inspections and make evicting tenants easier.

The chamber approved the bill 58-34 Tuesday. It now goes to the state Senate.

Under the bill, local governments could conduct rental property inspections only in blighted and high-complaint areas. If an inspection doesn’t reveal a violation inspectors couldn’t return to the property for five years. Local governments also would be prohibited from inspecting rental property that’s less than eight years old.

Court-ordered eviction stays for tenants applying for emergency assistance would be limited to 10 days, a landlord or tenant waiver of a violation of a rental contract couldn’t be a defense in an eviction case.

Owners of historic properties would be allowed to make repairs using modern materials and landlords couldn’t discriminate against potential tenants who need emotional-support animals.

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