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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 14, 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.

January 2014 Special Session

The Legislature commenced meeting in special session on January 23, as required by Governor Walker in Executive Order #129, to consider and act on his “Blueprint for Prosperity” proposal. On January 30, the Committee on Senate Organization, by request of Governor Walker, introduced January 2014 Special Session Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2, which include property and income tax cuts and investment in worker training programs. On February 4, the Committee on Assembly Organization introduced companion bills, January 2014 Special Session Assembly Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 2.

The Assembly passed both JR4 AB-1 and JR4 AB-2 on February 11. On March 4, the Senate concurred in JR4 AB-2, which Governor Walker signed into law as 2013 Wisconsin Act 139 on March 17. Instead of acting on JR4 AB-1, the Senate passed its companion, JR4 SB-1, on March 4. The Assembly concurred in JR4 SB-1 on March 18. Governor Walker signed the bill into law as 2013 Wisconsin Act 145 on March 24.

Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released several publications relating to the special session:

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

For information on upcoming committee meetings, see the Schedule of Committee Activities.

Bills Signed by the Governor

As of April 11, Governor Walker had signed 262 bills into law since the beginning of the 2013-14 Session.

Enrolled Bills Awaiting Signature

As of April 11, there are 119 enrolled bills that have been passed by the legislature. According to the session schedule, all enrolled bills must be sent to the governor for signature or veto by April 24.

Resources from the LRB Library

The library recommends the following resources related to school safety:

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: April 11, 2014

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