The most important legislation passed every session is the biennial
state budget and 2017-18 is no different; however, there are also many
other bills that have been introduced or are being drafted for
introduction soon. While not every piece of legislation is signed into
law, there are countless citizens, stakeholders, and legislators trying
to make Wisconsin a better place to live.
We’re seven months into the 2017-18 session and the
last general session floor day is March 22, 2018.
Bills have eight more months to pass both houses before they’ll have to
be re-introduced and start the legislative process all over again in the
2019-2020 legislative session.
As of July 6, 2017, there have been
336 regular session bills introduced in the State Senate and 432 regular
session bills introduced in the State Assembly. Historically, more
bills are introduced in the Assembly because there are 99 members of
that body and only 33 members of the Senate.
Each house has had 11 Special Session bills introduced. The Special
Session was called by
Governor Walker to pass legislation recommended by the Governor’s Task
Force on Opioid Abuse.
Many bills are identical and are introduced in both houses at the same
time, creating companion bills. In some instances, companion bills help
bills move faster through the legislative process. If one body is
stalled, the other can get a conversation started around the bill.
Generally, bills will still get two public hearings, in the State Senate
and Assembly, and a vote by both houses before going to the governor to
be signed into law or vetoed.
With so many bills introduced, heard in public hearings, and voted on
during executive sessions (20
42 Assembly Committees
10 Joint Legislative Committees),
it can be hard for people outside the Capitol to keep track of
everything. I encourage everyone to sign up for the
Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service.
The Wisconsin Legislature Notification Service
will send nightly emails with any new legislation that is
introduced or any action that’s been taken on already introduced
legislation based on subscriber preferences. A subscriber can ask to be
notified about legislation based on a committee, author, or on a
specific subject. For example, a subscriber can choose to be notified
anytime a bill is proposed that contains the word children and
the system will automatically send an email when it’s scheduled for a
public hearing, has an executive session, or floor action is taken in
Senate or Assembly.
Wisconsin Blue Books are published every two years and contain
information on the state legislature, how our state government is
organized, and statistics on everything related to Wisconsin from back
before we were even a state.
Click here for the electronic version of the 2015-16 Blue Book.
The 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Books will be available during the fall. If
you are interested in receiving a Blue Book, please send me an email at
and I will make sure that one is mailed to you when they become
Planning a vacation this summer but don’t want to leave the Badger
State? Who could blame you!? Wisconsin is a fantastic place to live so
why not vacation here too!
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has information about where to stay,
dine, suggested activities, and special events in every community in
Wisconsin. Visit the
and see what adventures you can find here at home!