State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The state Senate has narrowly approved legislation about the use of race-based names, nicknames, logos, and mascots by school districts.
An analysis of the bill by the Legislative Reference Bureau says, "A school district resident may object to a school board’s use of a race-based name, nickname, logo, or mascot by filing a complaint with the state superintendent of public instruction. The state superintendent must schedule a hearing on the complaint. The school board has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the use of the race-based name nickname, logo, or mascot does not promote discrimination pupil harassment, or stereotyping. If the state superintendent finds in favor of the complainant, the state superintendent must order the school board to terminate its use of the race-based name, nickname, logo, or mascot within 12 months after issuance of the order. A school board is subject to a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each day that it uses the race-based name, nickname, logo, or mascot in violation of the order."
I voted against the bill, Senate Bill 25, because the process created will cost financially-strapped school districts, and will purge
Senate Bill 25 was approved 17-16 and now goes to the state Assembly for its consideration.