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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 March 10, 2014
The next legislative floor period runs from March 11 to March 20. The Senate
will meet on Tuesday, March 11. The Assembly will not meet until Tuesday, March
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. JR4 AB-1 and JR4 AB-2 were both passed by the Assembly on February 11. The Senate
passed JR4 AB-2 and JR4 SB-1 on March 4.
Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released several publications relating to the special session:
A feed of recently introduced legislation can be viewed
For information on upcoming committee meetings, see the Schedule of Committee Activities.
Bills Signed by the Governor
On Monday, March 3, the governor signed
Act 135, relating to tests administered to newborns for congenital disorders.
As of March 7, there were
135 bills signed into law since the beginning of the 2013-14 Session.
Resources from the LRB Library
The library recommends the following resources related to voting patterns:
- Coley, Richard J.
Fault Lines in
Our Democracy: Civic Knowledge, Voting Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service, 2012. (374.33 Ed81a)
- Dolan, Kathleen. “Gender Stereotypes, Candidate Evaluations, and Voting for Women Candidates: What Really Matters?” Political Research Quarterly 67, no.1 (2014): 96-107. Full text available on the Wisconsin Legislative Network.
- Fowler, Robert Booth. Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
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