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Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight

Maintained by the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB), this page provides an overview of recent and upcoming activities in the Wisconsin Legislature. The LRB revises its content weekly during legislative floorperiods. Links to more detailed information are highlighted in the text.

The Week of December 1, 2008

Legislative Session

Pursuant to 2007 Senate Joint Resolution 1, the 2007 Legislature is not scheduled to meet again in regular session for the remainder of 2008.

Session Summary. The governor has acted upon all the bills passed by both houses of the legislature, signing 242 into law, vetoing one, and partially vetoing three. View the Acts and veto message on the Wisconsin Legislature’s Web site. The Legislative Reference Bureau has released Wisconsin Brief 08-5 detailing the executive vetoes made during the 2007-2008 Session and Research Bulletin 08-1 summarizing the acts signed into law for the 2007-2008 Legislative Session.

Governor's Office

Governor Jim Doyle signed a Global Climate Solutions Declaration at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles on November 21. The declaration calls for collaborative action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create opportunities for growth in green economies.

November General Election Results

In the November 4, 2008 general election, all 99 seats in the Wisconsin Assembly and 16 of the 33 seats in the Wisconsin Senate were on the ballot. Preliminary election results indicate that the 2009 Wisconsin Legislature will have a Democratic majority in the Senate (18 Democrats and 15 Republicans) and a Democratic majority in the Assembly (52 Democrats, 46 Republicans, and 1 Independent). The Government Accountability Board will certify the election results on December 1.

Preliminary Composition of the 2009 Wisconsin Legislature



Legislative Leadership Elected

Republicans and Democrats met in caucus in November to elect leaders for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session. The results are listed below.

Senate Democrats

President: Senator Risser
President Pro Tempore: Senator Kreitlow
Majority Leader: Senator Decker
Assistant Majority Leader: Senator Hansen
Caucus Chair: Senator Lehman
Caucus Vice Chair: Senator Vinehout

Senate Republicans

Minority Leader: Senator Fitzgerald
Assistant Minority Leader: Senator Grothman
Caucus Chair: Senator Leibham
Caucus Vice Chair: Senator Harsdorf

Assembly Democrats

Speaker: Representative Sheridan
Speaker Pro Tempore: Representative Staskunas
Majority Leader: Representative Nelson
Assistant Majority Leader: Representative Seidel
Caucus Chair: Representative Barca
Caucus Vice Chair: Representative Toles

Assembly Republicans

Minority Leader: Representative Fitzgerald
Assistant Minority Leader: Representative Gottlieb
Caucus Chair: Representative Suder
Caucus Vice Chair: Representative Kleefisch

Committee Activity

Because the final general business floorperiod of the 2007-2008 session has concluded, committees are no longer meeting to consider proposed legislation. They will, however, continue to conduct occasional meetings and public hearings on various matters such as appointments to boards and commissions, state contracts, and administrative rules.

Legislative Council study committees on Recreational Trails and Strengthening Wisconsin Families will be meeting this week. Please see the Schedule of Committee Activities to view the full monthly calendar and details on times and locations of committee meetings.

Recent Publications

The Legislative Reference Bureau recently issued:

Recent publications by other legislative service agencies:

Blue Book Study Guides

Two Informational Bulletins were also issued by the LRB as companions to the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Blue Book: Informational Bulletin 07-1, “A Study Guide to the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Blue Book,” and Informational Bulletin 07-2, “Inside the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Blue Book.”

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Last revised: November 07, 2012