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STATE OF WISCONSIN
STATE OF WISCONSIN
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 April 21, 2014
The Legislature concluded the last general-business floorperiod for the
2013-14 session on April 1. Pursuant to
2013 Senate Joint
Resolution 1 (the session schedule), the limited-business floorperiod is scheduled for
April 29-May 1.
Bills Signed by the Governor
As of April 18, Governor Walker had signed
324 bills into law since
the beginning of the 2013-14 Session.
Enrolled Bills Awaiting Signature
As of April 18, there are
56 enrolled bills that
have been passed by the legislature and await action by the governor. According to the session schedule, all enrolled bills
must be sent to the governor for signature or veto by
Executive Order Waives Spring Highway Weight Limits for Propane Delivery
Governor Scott Walker issued
Executive Order #132 declaring an energy emergency through April 26 because of continued
cold temperatures and high demand for propane heating fuel. It allows for certain propane
delivery trucks to exceed special spring weight limits for travel on thawing frozen
Senator Ellis Will Not Seek Reelection
Senate President Michael G. Ellis (SD-19) announced that he will not seek reelection to
the Wisconsin Senate this fall. Senator Ellis was first elected to the Senate in 1982.
Before entering the Senate, Ellis had served in the Assembly, having been first elected
in 1970. To date, five Senators and 20 Assembly Representatives have announced that they
will not seek reelection in 2014.
Establishment of Special Committees
The Cochairpersons of the Joint Legislative Council
the establishment of seven Special Committees and the appointment of their chairpersons and
vice chairpersons. A summary of the ballot results can be viewed
A feed of recently introduced legislation can be viewed
Committee meetings this week include hearings on online voter registration and
county shoreland zoning. For information on upcoming committee meetings, see
of Committee Activities.
Resources from the LRB Library
The library recommends the following new acquisitions:
2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index. Washington, DC: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2014. (380.77 Am3b)
- Apps-Bodilly, Susan. One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013. (HistS o) (library use only)
- Corey, Carl. For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2014. (HistS f) (library use only)
- Greenblatt, Alan. “Youth Unemployment: Will Good Jobs Continue to Elude Young Adults?”
CQ Researcher 24, no. 11 (March 14, 2014). (331.86 C761e)
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ignition Interlocks—What You Need to Know: A Toolkit for Policymakers, Highway Safety Professionals, and Advocates.
2nd edition. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Transportation, 2014. (380.781 X24)
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
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