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February 12

Budget committee shaves spending to stay under Scott Walker’s $20 million directive - CT

Assembly approves bill cutting Planned Parenthood funds - MJS

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 238

Assembly OKs bill cutting Planned Parenthood reimbursement - WSJ

Robin Vos on voucher funding proposal: Superintendents’ rhetoric ‘gets ahead of the reality’ - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 751

Assembly environment committee clears bills creating conservation corps, loosening fisheries regs - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 640538, and 822

Wisconsin Assembly approves bill expanding landlord rights - LT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 568

GOP bill would grant legislative oversight of law enforcement surveillance efforts - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 845

Lawmaker pulls bill, backed by Madison developer, to prolong Middleton tax incentive district - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 863

Time running out on mental health bills - APC

Vos: Road repair tax plan likely going nowhere - Wisconsin Public Radio

Lawmakers consider Walker-backed bill to tighten unemployment benefit rules - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 684

Scott Walker’s office warned in 2012 of safety issues at Lincoln Hills - WSJ

Racine County pulled youths from Lincoln Hills because of botched case - MJS

Gov. Scott Walker’s union law five years later - MJS

Related: Report

Muslim woman leads prayer on floor of Wisconsin Assembly - MJS

Wisconsin set to play a larger-than-expected role in presidential primaries - WSJ

State could factor in primaries - RJT

Scott Walker says Republicans could win Wisconsin with Donald Trump - WSJ

Clinton targets Scott Walker in his home state - Time

Wisconsin in top 10 for exonerations - APC

Related: Report

February 11

Assessing the impact of Act 10 on Wisconsin, 5 years later - WSJ

5 years after Act 10: For municipalities, savings -- but some say poorer services, too - WSJ

5 years after Act 10: Political division still pervasive - WSJ

5 years after Act 10: Union membership, clout has suffered - WSJ

5 years after Act 10: Teachers, the face of Act 10 opposition, may see long-range pay changes - WSJ

Committee advances measure on voucher school funding - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 751

School funding proposal faces uncertain future - WSJ

Lawmakers alter bill that would benefit venture capitalists - MJS

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 404

Mayor Paul Soglin blasts legislative Republicans for Airbnb bill, local control - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 583

Payments boosted to those wrongly convicted in Wisconsin under bipartisan Assembly bill - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 460

Bill would give lawmakers access to John Doe records - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 845

Panel advances bill making lying on licensing application a crime - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 812

Wisconsin Republican bill would hold WIAA to open records, open meetings laws - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 873

Bill closing gap in combat sport regulation passes Senate committee - MJS

Liquor license bill to help Titletown District passes - GBPG

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 612

High-capacity well overhaul dead this session, says GOP sponsor - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 477

‘Sanctuary city’ bill gets Senate hearing without much fuss - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 369

“We’re the true progressives:” Walker rallies college Republicans - Daily Cardinal

Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz hit Scott Walker’s email list – again and again and again - Politico

Pregnancy clinics fight for right to deny abortion information - NYT

February 10

Vos: Assembly will wrap up session next week - Wisconsin Public Radio

Robin Vos: Assembly Republicans don’t want work to get lost in shuffle of presidential primary - CT

State spending exceeds available funding by $57.8 million - MJS

Related: LFB Document

Senate approves online voter registration, special deputies bill - MJS

Bill would allow online voter registration, critics say it would prevent voter registration drives - WSJ

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 295ColumnNCSL Data

Assembly approves bills on property rights - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 600 and 582

Bills rolling back environmental safeguards pass Assembly - WSJ

Wisconsin Assembly approves bill changing shoreline development, dredging regulations - CT

Rep. Kitchens gets an earful - GBPG

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to increase sexual assault reporting among young victims - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 808

Stalking, domestic abuse and human trafficking bill headed to Walker’s desk - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 673

Assembly approves bill to step up regulation of combat sports - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 76

Speaker Vos sees uncertain fate for fetal tissue bill - Wisconsin Radio Network

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 305

Wisconsin Assembly approves bill allowing towns to opt out of Dane County zoning - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 563

Assembly approves wrongful conviction compensation - LT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 460

Memo: 99 unfunded mandates, local control restrictions passed since 2011 - WSJ

Landowners sue Enbridge over pipeline pump insurance - WSJ

State bill: Prudent or politics? - ON

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 868

Lawmaker suggests tapping Visit Milwaukee sales tax funds to expand convention center - MBJ

Walker meets with College Republicans, talks tuition freeze, student loan debt - Badger Herald

Senate approves Walker’s pick for railroad commissioner - Wisconsin Radio Network

School districts use restraint and seclusion too often, advocacy groups say - WSJ

Report cites seclusion and restraint tactics in schools despite 2011 law - MJS

Related: Report

Sentencing changes coming in Wisconsin? - ON

Walker, Schimel applaud Supreme Court stay of Obama power plant rules - Wisconsin Public Radio

February 9

Busy week ahead for Wisconsin Assembly, budget committee - CT

The Legislature has a busy day Tuesday. Here’s what’s on the agenda - Wisconsin Public Radio

Property rights measures top busy agenda for Assembly Tuesday - MJS

High-capacity well opinion would break with conflict-of-interest guideline - WSJ

Related: 2011 Wisconsin Act 21

Private water utility costs consumers in Superior - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 554 and Senate Bill 432

Schools entering statewide voucher program swells by 67% - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 751 and Assembly Amendment 2

Voucher change could cost Green Bay $1 million - GBPG

Wisconsin Senate to consider online voter registration - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 295

Assembly to take up increased wrongful conviction payouts - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 460

Walker convenes commission to study family wellbeing - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: Executive Order

Democratic legislators push for student debt solutions - LT

State committee nixes plans for contra-flow bike lane on Capitol Square - Isthmus

Rebecca Bradley leads Supreme Court candidates in 2016 fundraising - CT

Wisconsin Supreme Court race: Joe Donald, JoAnne Kloppenburg hit the airwaves - CT

February 8

After a rocky 2015, Scott walker seeks to rekindle his relationship with Wisconsin - WSJ

DNR officials screen records requests before documents released - MJS

Related: Statute section 19.31

Tech leaders say UW budget cuts are a ‘dark cloud’ on the state’s economy - WSJ

Regents panel advances tenure policies to mixed reviews - MJS

Regents committee approves new UW tenure policies - WSJ

Wisconsin emergency college grants bill inspired by grad rate boost in Great Lakes program - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 741

Budget gamble faces Wisconsin lawmakers - ON

Scott Walker: No change likely in tax limits - SP

Sponsor of Unfair Sales Act repeal bill: Lawmakers’ support isn’t there - WSJ

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 371

Gov. Walker signs switchblade bill into law - MJS

Related: 2015 Wisconsin Act 149

Bills target conflicts of interest in probes of police-involved deaths - MJS

Lead poisoning would trigger tap water test under proposal - CT

Related: Letter

GOP to defendants: Don’t spit on the prosecutor - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 357

Proposed changes to vet programs could be ‘catastrophic’ - Ashland Daily Press

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 821

Tribes voice concerns over proposed changes to lakes, wetlands regulations - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 600

Fund to pump millions into faster broadband connections in rural Wisconsin - MJS

Got questions about voter ID in Wisconsin? We’ve got answers - WSJ

Prosecutors allowed to appeal Walker probe ruling to U.S. Supreme Court - MJS

Supreme Court allows John Doe prosecutors to file sealed documents in federal court - WSJ

States shouldn’t waste effort trying to lure jobs from other states, report argues - CT

Related: Report

The seven states that are doing much worse than the rest - WaPo