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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, 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 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 April 24.

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 highways.

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 recommended the establishment of seven Special Committees and the appointment of their chairpersons and vice chairpersons. A summary of the ballot results can be viewed here.

Recently Introduced

A feed of recently introduced legislation can be viewed here.

Committee Activity

Committee meetings this week include hearings on online voter registration and county shoreland zoning. For information on upcoming committee meetings, see the Schedule of Committee Activities.

Resources from the LRB Library

The library recommends the following new acquisitions:

Recent publications

For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.

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