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Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight

The Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight provides an overview of recent and upcoming activities in the Wisconsin Legislature. The Legislative Reference Bureau revises its content weekly. Links to more detailed information are highlighted in the text.

2015 Legislative Session - A citizen's guide

The 2015-2016 legislative session began when the new legislature was sworn in on January 5, 2015. 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.

2013-2014 Wisconsin Blue Book

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

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 June 29, 2015

The Wisconsin Legislature's 2015-2016 legislative session began on January 5, 2015. The schedule of floorperiods is established by Senate Joint Resolution 1. The current floorperiod is scheduled to go through June 30, or until the budget is passed.

For daily updates on Wisconsin politics in the news, please see our Capitol Headlines page.

Recently Signed

On June 24, Governor Walker signed 2015 Senate Bill 35 into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 22. The law eliminates the 48-hour waiting period that begins after a firearms dealer receives notice from the Department of Justice that the department has received the request for a background check. The bill passed the Senate on a voice vote in April and was adopted on a voice vote in the Assembly on June 9.

Also on June 24, the governor signed 2015 Senate Bill 70 into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 23. The law allows off-duty, out-of-state, and former law enforcement officers to carry firearms on or near the grounds of a school. Current law prohibits most persons from possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. The Senate adopted one amendment before passing the bill by a vote of 22-11 on June 9. Later that day, the Assembly adopted the bill on a voice vote.

The governor also recently signed 2015 Assembly Bill 123 into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 24. The law authorizes the town of Rome to make cash grants or loan subsidies to an owner, lessee, or developer of land in a Tax Incremental District that includes a golf course.

As of Friday, June 26, the governor has signed 24 bills into law from the current session.

Passed by Both Houses

The following bills have been approved by both houses and await the signature of the governor.

Allergy Treatment (Epi-Pens)

2015 Senate Bill 139 would allow businesses and events to have epinephrine auto-injectors (epi-pens) for emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions. The Senate adopted four amendments to the bill and passed it by a vote of 33-0 on June 9. The Assembly concurred in the bill on a voice vote later that day.

SAGE

2015 Senate Bill 32 would replace the Student Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program with a new Achievement Gap Reduction program. The SAGE program was created to reduce class sizes in low-income schools. The bill was introduced by the Legislative Council. The Senate passed the bill on May 6. The Assembly concurred in the bill by a vote of 62-37 on June 9.

Stolen Valor

2015 Senate Bill 95 would make it a crime to falsely claim military service or honors in order to receive financial or other tangible benefits. The Senate passed the bill in May and the Assembly passed it on June 9.

Fees for Election Recounts

2015 Senate Bill 96 would change the thresholds for when a petitioner would pay for a recount in a election. The bill was approved by the Senate in May and by the Assembly on June 9.

A list of enrolled bills that are ready to be sent to the governor is updated regularly.

Special Primary Election

A special primary election was held in Senate District 33 on June 23. Unofficial results show Representative Chris Kapenga as the Republican party winner. Current District 33 Senator Paul Farrow is resigning his seat as of July 17 to focus on his position as Waukesha County Executive. Kapenga, currently representing the 99th Assembly District, will face Democratic opponent Sherryll Shaddock in the special election scheduled for July 21.

Recently Introduced Proposals

A list of recently introduced proposals is available at the Legislature's 2015 documents site.

Biennial Budget

The Joint Committee on Finance and legislative leadership are currently negotiating final changes to the budget. No final executive sessions have yet been scheduled. Budget papers for the most recent executive sessions are published at the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's Web site. Video recordings of the executive sessions are archived at WisconsinEye.org. You can also catch up on budget news at our Capitol Headlines page.

Committee Activity

As of Friday, June 26, no public hearings have been scheduled for this week. Check the committee schedule for updated information throughout the week.

Resources from the LRB Library

The library recommends the following resources:

Recent Publications

For information about legislative service agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.

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Last revised: June 26, 2015

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