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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 January 11, 2010

Special Session

Governor Jim Doyle, in Executive Order #305, called the legislature to meet in special session on Wednesday, December 16. He directed the legislature to consider bills to address the needs of the students of the Milwaukee Public Schools, specifically 2009 Senate Bill 405 and 2009 Assembly Bill 534. The Senate Committee on Education conducted a public hearing on SB405 on January 5.

The next scheduled floorperiod for the Wisconsin Legislature is January 19 to 28, 2010. The schedule of floorperiods for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session was established by 2009 Senate Joint Resolution 1.

Recently Enacted Laws

Driving While Intoxicated

On Tuesday, December 22, Governor Doyle signed 2009 Senate Bill 66 into law as 2009 Wisconsin Act 100. The act generally makes a fourth driving while intoxicated offense a felony, and it requires repeat offenders to install alcohol sensing interlock devices in their vehicles to prevent driving if alcohol is detected.

As of December 31, Governor Doyle has signed 100 bills into law and vetoed 3 bills.

A list of all enacted legislation from the 2009 session can be viewed at:

"Clean Energy Jobs"

2009 Assembly Bill 649, on emissions reductions and energy efficiency, was introduced on January 6 and is in the Assembly Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs. 2009 Senate Bill 450 was introduced on January 7 and is in the Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy.

From the LRB Library

The library recommends the following resources:

From the LRB Library Services page, a Noteworthy Titles list on Climate Change and the States

Other Recent Bill Introductions

Committee Activity

For information on upcoming events refer to the Schedule of Committee Activities.

2009-2010 Wisconsin Blue Book

The 2009-2010 Wisconsin Blue Book has been published. The Blue Book is available online and is available for purchase from Department of Administration Document Sales for $8.75 plus sales tax if picked up in person; for mail orders, add $3 to the total to cover shipping. The authors of the Blue Book feature article, "Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy: A History of Innovation and Exploration," were interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio on November 11.

Recent Publications

For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.

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Last revised: November 13, 2012