STATE OF STATE ADDRESS TONIGHT; BUDGET TO BE INTRODUCED MARCH 5
Governor Evers delivers his State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers tonight at 7:00 p.m. Watch the address live on Wisconsin Public Television. The address will also be streamed live on Wisconsin Eyes's website: www.wiseye.com.

In related news, the Governor asked the Legislature to allow him to deliver his budget address to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, March 5. State law requires the Governor to give the state budget address by the last Tuesday in January, but that deadline is frequently waived. While Governor's usually introduce their budget proposals in early to mid-February, longer delays are typically allowed for new Governors. For example, Governor Walker presented his first state budget on March 1, 2011.
JOIN US FEBRUARY 4 IN WAUPACA AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LEAGUE'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Municipal officials and staff are invited to the PAR 4 Resort in Waupaca from 5:30-7:00 on Monday, February 4, to interact with League staff and learn more about the municipal agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

Please join us if you are able. There is no cost and no RSVP necessary. For more information contact Gail Sumi.

Please share our 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda with your state legislators. A copy of the League's agenda is posted on our web site here.
FIRST MUNICIPAL LOBBY DAY IS FEBRUARY 20
Municipal officials and staff are invited to participate in the League's first lobby day of the session on Wednesday, February 20. We meet at 9:30 at the Best Western Premier Park Hotel on the Capitol Square. The agenda for the day is as follows:

9:30 -- 10:30 -- League staff provides briefing on issues that will be lobbied on
10:30-12:15 -- Meet with state legislators
12:30-1:30 -- Lunch and Speaker
1:30 -- Adjourn

More information about the lobby day and how to sign up for the League's lobby team is posted on the League's web site, here.
IN THE NEWS 

TURNER CIVICS STUDENTS PREPARE TO COMPETE IN STATEWIDE GAMES
BELOIT-Turner High School's civics team, proudly known as the Underdogs, are hoping to spank some of the competition from suburban schools they will compete against in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's first Wis. Civics Games, set for Feb. 2....

According to the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, lack of civic engagement is becoming epidemic through counties, cities, villages and school districts in Wisconsin. It often results in more public offices being unchallenged during election cycles and a lack of interest in civic affairs.

In 56 percent of communities that responded to a recent WISTAX survey, there was at most one candidate for each board or council position. Only 5 percent of respondents said they typically had two or more candidates per seat according to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Read the full story in the Beloit Daily News here.

(Note - the League of Wisconsin Municipalities is a proud sponsor of the Civics Games. Learn more here.)
BILL DRAFTS CIRCULATING FOR CO-SPONSORS

LRB-0099, Super majority vote required to interfere with local government powers. Requires a super majority vote to pass bills overturning local government policies, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations. By Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee). The League supports this bill. Comment to the League on this bill draft .

LRB-0393, Creative Economy Grants. Establishing a creative economy development initiative grant program. By Sen Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac). The League supports this bill. Comment to the League on this bill draft.
PUBLIC HEARINGS THIS WEEK

No public hearings on municipal bills are scheduled for this week.