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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.
Links to more detailed information are highlighted in the text.
2013 Legislative Session - A citizen's guide
The 2013-2014 legislative session began when the new legislature was sworn in on January 7, 2013.
The schedule of floorperiods
for the new session was established by
Notification Service makes following the legislative process easier for
interested citizens. Registered users can receive daily or weekly emails when
specified legislative activity occurs. For example, users may choose to be
notified about every action affecting a specific proposal, bills introduced by a
particular legislator, activities of a specific committee, or introductions
relating to a particular topic.
Internet Broadcast of Floor Debate. Citizens can watch and listen to live floor
debate in both houses using the Legislature's InSession service:
Broadcasts are live only. The InSession pages also provide
the day's calendar with links from the calendar to bills before the house and to
roll call votes as they occur.
Legislative Documents. Search legislative documents from the current and past sessions, including introduced proposals, statutes, administrative code, clearinghouse rules, committee hearing records and more. For help navigating the site, go to the Legislative Reference Bureau's Research Services page.
LRB’s Q & A Page
Visit the LRB’s
and view a sampling of questions and answers about a wide variety of
2013-2014 Wisconsin Blue Book
2013-2014 Blue Book, the manual of state government and statistical
information about Wisconsin, is now available
is available for purchase from the Department of Administration,
Document Sales Unit
(search Document Sales Catalog for "Wisconsin Blue Book"), (608) 266-3358. The
price is $10.15 with shipping and $7.25 without.
Throughout the session, the LRB issues
related to current proposals and other recent issues of interest.
The Legislature has RSS feeds for
recent session activity. You can view all introduced proposals on our legislative documents database.
The LRB's Capitol Headlines Daily page offers links to news stories related to the Legislature. You can also follow us on Facebook and
Twitter for more information.
Legislative Council Publications Center
The Legislative Council's
provides overviews of topics of interest to the legislature as well as
links to Council publications related to the topic.
Audit Bureau Reports
The Legislative Audit
Bureau conducts financial and program evaluation audits of state agencies.
Recent audit reports are accessible online.
WisconsinEYE, a private, not-for-profit
statewide public affairs network provides video coverage of Assembly and Senate
floor sessions as well as select committee hearings. The proceedings they record
archived on their Web site.
The Week of December 22, 2014
The Legislature is not expected to return to business until the new session begins in January 2015.
For daily updates on Wisconsin politics in the news, please see our Capitol Headlines page.
The Legislature concluded the last general-business floorperiod for the 2013-14 session on April 1. Governor Walker signed 380 bills into law
during the 2013-14 Session, four of which were vetoed in part.
One bill was fully vetoed. All bills passed by the Legislature have been acted on by the governor.
The Legislature has issued its final Status of Business for both houses.
November General Election
Certified election results are
available from the
Government Accountability Board.
Governor Walker announced a
special election for the 20th
The election will fill the seat of Sen. Grothman whose resignation will take effect January 3, 2015.
The 2015-2016 Legislature
The Senate. The 2015-16 Senate will be composed of 19 Republicans and
The Republicans increased their majority by winning an open seat in the 21st District. No incumbents lost.
The Assembly. The 2015-16 Assembly will have 63 Republicans and 36 Democrats. Three incumbents were defeated in 2014: Amy Sue Vruwink (D-70), Stephen Smith (D-75), and Mandy Wright (D-85), for a net gain of three for the Republicans. No open seats were gained by either party.
Party Leadership. Majority and minority caucuses of both houses selected their leaders for the 2015 session.
- Senate Republicans
- Majority Leader: Scott Fitzgerald
- Assistant Majority Leader: Paul Farrow
- Senate President: Mary Lazich
- President Pro Tempore: Rick Gudex
- Republican Caucus Chair: Sheila Harsdorf
- Assistant Caucus Chair: Van Wanggaard
- Senate Democrats
- Minority Leader: Jennifer Shilling
- Assistant Minority Leader: Dave Hansen
- Democratic Caucus Chair: Julie Lassa
- Caucus Vice-Chair: Kathleen Vinehout
- Assembly Republicans
- Speaker: Robin Vos
- Speaker Pro Tempore: Tyler August
- Majority Leader: Jim Steineke
- Assistant Majority Leader: Daniel Knodl
- Republican Caucus Chair: John Murtha
- Assistant Caucus Chair: Lee Nerison
- Caucus Secretary: Jessie Rodriguez
- Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms: Samantha Kerkman
- Assembly Democrats
- Minority Leader: Peter Barca
- Assistant Minority Leader: Katrina Shankland
- Democratic Caucus Chair: Andy Jorgensen
- Assistant Caucus Chair: JoCasta Zamarripa
- Caucus Secretary: Beth Meyers
- Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms: Josh Zepnick
Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald and
Assembly Speaker Vos
have announced the committee structure for the 2015 session; Senator Fitzgerald
has named Republican Senate appointments to all standing and joint committees.
Assembly Speaker Vos has released the assembly committee chairs.
On December 10, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released
2015-17 Overview of State Agency Major Request Items.
On October 15, the Department of Administration released its
Annual Fiscal Report,
showing that the state has an undesignated fund balance of $516.9 million at the
end of the fiscal year.
For information on upcoming committee meetings, including Legislative Council study committee meetings, see the Schedule of Committee Activities.
Resources from the LRB Library
The library recommends the following recently added books:
- Behn, Robert D. The Performance Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2014. (350 B39a)
- Bernstein, Nell. Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison. New York: The New Press, 2014. (347.173 B45)
- Chopra, Aneesh P. Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government. 1st ed. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014. (028.3 C45)
- Lavigna, Bob. Engaging Government Employees: Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance. New York: American Management Association, 2013. (331.804 L39)
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
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