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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 Senate Joint Resolution 1.

Notification service. The legislature's Wisconsin Legislative 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: Senate and Assembly. 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 Q&A page and view a sampling of questions and answers about a wide variety of interesting topics.

2013-2014 Wisconsin Blue Book

The 2013-2014 Blue Book, the manual of state government and statistical information about Wisconsin, is now available online and 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.

LRB Publications

Throughout the session, the LRB issues publications related to current proposals and other recent issues of interest.

Stay Updated

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 Publications Center 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

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 are archived on their Web site.

The Week of October 20, 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.

Voter ID

On October 9, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote, vacated the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals action reinstating Wisconsin’s voter ID law for the November 4 general election. This action eliminates the photo ID requirement until further action by the Supreme Court.

On September 12, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Wisconsin could move forward with the implementation of the law that requires voters to show identification at the polls. The same court denied a motion for reconsideration on September 26. On October 1, a petition to halt enforcement of the law was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Same Sex Marriage

On October 3, the U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment to hear an appeal of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Wisconsin’s constitutional requirement that marriage be between one man and one woman was in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Governor Walker has ordered that state agencies must recognize same sex marriages performed in June when the federal court first struck down the ban.

Campaign Coordination

On October 14, Judge Rudolph Randa of the Eastern District of Wisconsin federal court issued an order declaring that the Government Accountability Board and the Milwaukee County District Attorney could not enforce state laws prohibiting coordination between political campaigns and outside interest groups. Laws prohibiting ads from outside groups that expressly advocate for a candidate's election or defeat are still enforceable.

Candidates for the November General Election

Official results of the August partisan primary elections, including recounts in the 17th Senate District (Democratic) and the 87th Assembly District (Republican), are available from the Government Accountability Board.

The Legislative Reference Bureau published a list of candidates for state office in its Wisconsin Brief 14-10 .

Budget

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.

Committee Activity

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 resources related to trade:

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: October 17, 2014

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