Evers Vetoes Racial Instruction, Youth Labor Bills
Bills restrict teaching about race in schools, allow longer work shifts for workers under 16.
A proposed law to ban public schools from teaching about the harms of racism was vetoed Friday by Gov. Tony Evers, along with three other bills that had been passed by the Legislature’s Republican majority but without significant bipartisan support.
Evers also vetoed a bill allowing employers to assign younger teenagers to work longer hours both on school nights as well as on weekends and in the summer.
“I object to creating new censorship rules that restrict schools and educators from teaching honest, complete facts about important historical topics like the Civil War and civil rights,” Evers wrote in his veto message. Educators, parents and schools, should be and are able “to work together to do what is best for our kids,” he added, “without the political interference and micromanagement from politicians in Madison.”
The teen workers bill, SB-332, would have allowed employers not covered by federal labor standards to extend the shift-end time for workers younger than 16 to 9:30 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on non-school nights.
In his veto message, Evers said the measure would have created “two separate systems of work requirements for employers” and increased administrative work for businesses trying to figure out whether they would qualify for the proposed looser state standard or not.
While the bill’s advocates have positioned it as a response to the difficulties some employers have had in filling job openings, Evers said the state’s workforce challenges require “meaningful, sustainable, and long-term solutions” that address issues such as child care and skills training to provide working families more support and help more people join the workforce.
“This bill does not further those goals, and I hope the Legislature will join me in addressing this issue with real, meaningful solutions,” he wrote.
The fourth bill that Evers vetoed, AB-440, would have increased penalties for marijuana hash oil processed through butane extraction. In his veto message, he wrote that he favors full legalization of marijuana — a proposal stripped by GOP lawmakers from his 2021-23 budget.
The legislation, he wrote, would exacerbate “longstanding racial disparities” already found in Wisconsin, where criminalizing marijuana “has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color” and contributed to higher incarceration rates for Black people.
The governor signed 14 pieces of legislation Friday as well, including one expanding the use of telehealth in free and charitable health clinics and another that formally licenses practitioners of naturopathic medicine.
Evers vetoes bills on teaching about race, extending work hours for young teens was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.
2 thoughts on “Evers Vetoes Racial Instruction, Youth Labor Bills”
Republicans are so worried that children will learn the facts about racial inequality. The supposed small government party is becoming more and more communist daily.
Republicans are if afraid of the truth.
Many ethnic groups whom have immigrated to the United States have faced severe discrimination. It is too bad that their descendants, many who hold elected office, choose not to recognize the pain that their ancestors faced and see that these society practices are much a part of our society today. If students are not taught to recognize these practices, they will continue to be part of the fabric of our society.