This page, maintained by the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, provides an overview of recent and upcoming activities in the Wisconsin Legislature. Its content is revised weekly during legislative floorperiods and less frequently when the legislature is not in session. Links to more detailed information are highlighted in the text. Related links are listed at the end of this feature including links to earlier issues of the Spotlight.
August 19, 2002
Governor Scott McCallum signed the budget reform bill with partial vetoes as 2001 Wisconsin Act 109 on July 26. Its general effective date was July 30. The governor's veto message and vetoed text can be found in the Legislative Reference Bureau's Executive Vetoes Of Bills Passed By The 2001 Wisconsin Legislature From May 3, 2002, Through August 16, 2002.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has already issued a comparative summary of the bill as it emerged from the conference committee and its major differences from the senate and assembly versions.
The fall primary is September 10. All 99 seats in the assembly and 17 of 33 state senate seats -- those for the odd-numbered districts -- are up for election. All districts in each house were redrawn by a federal court after the legislature failed to enact a redistricting plan (see below).
There will be at least 14 new faces in the legislature next session. Two incumbents, Mark Duff (R-New Berlin) and Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), will be running against each other in the new 84th assembly district. In addition, two senators and 11 representatives are not running for reelection. Senators Brian Burke (D-Milwaukee) and Joanne Huelsman (R-Waukesha) and Representatives Peter Bock (D-Milwaukee), Timothy Hoven (R-Port Washington), MaryAnn Lippert (R-Pittsville), John Ryba (D-Green Bay), and Frank Urban (R-Brookfield) have announced that they will not be candidates for reelection this fall. Representatives Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), John La Fave (D-Milwaukee), Joseph Leibham (R-Sheboygan), and Martin Reynolds (D-Ladysmith) have announced they will run for offices outside the assembly. Rep. Scott Walker (R-Wauwatosa) who was elected Milwaukee County Executive on April 30, has already resigned from the legislature. Rep. Hoven has announced that he will resign on August 1.
In the senate, two Republicans and one Democrat have no opposition in either the primary or general election. The winner of the Democratic primary for one senate seat will have no opponent in the general election.
On the assembly side, eighteen Democrats and seventeen Republicans face no opposition. Six Republicans and 5 Democratic primary winners will face no opponent in the general election. See the Legislative Reference Bureau's Candidataes: Pirmary Election, September 10, 2002 for a list of all candidates.
The legislature has completed its regularly scheduled sessions for the biennium. It adjourned its last general business floorperiod, at which time all regular session bills not passed by both houses died.
The Republican-controlled assembly and Democrat-controlled senate passed different bills and could not agree on a plan to redistrict legislative seats. Because no bill passed both houses before the legislature adjourned its regular session on March 14, 2002, the U.S. District Court in Milwaukee ordered its own redistricting plan.
On March 30, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin issued a decision promulgating new state senate and assembly districts (Baumgart, et al. v. Wendelberger, et al., Case No. 01-C-121). The decision and other information, including maps of the new districts, can be found at: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/ltsb/redistricting/districts.htm
On March 26, the governor signed 2001 Wisconsin Act 46 creating the federal congressional districts for the next decade.
The 2001-2002 Wisconsin Blue Book, the official almanac of Wisconsin State Government, is now available both in print and on the Internet. The Blue Book, which is compiled by the Legislative Reference Bureau each odd-numbered year, contains nearly 1,000 pages of information about Wisconsin and its state government. The new edition contains a feature article entitled "Restoring the Vision," which describes the current State Capitol, its construction in the early 1900s, and its recent renovation. Members of the Wisconsin Legislature are provided with a limited number of Blue Books and copies of a separate reprint of the feature article for distribution to constituents. Copies of the Blue Book may also be purchased from the Department of Administration Document Sales Unit at (608) 264-9419 or (800) 362-7253.
More information on obtaining a copy of the 2001-2002 Wisconsin Blue Book.
Governor McCallum's 2001-2002 Budget Address
Governor McCallum's Inauguration Address
1999-2000 Wisconsin Blue Book
2001-2002 Legislative Session Schedule
Weekly Hearing Schedule
Previous Legislative Spotlights
The Governorís Blue-Ribbon Commission on State-Local Partnerships for the 21st Century
Final Report of the Criminal Penalties Study Committee
Madison: A Capital Idea
Wisconsin Electronic Reader: A digital imaging project of the UW-Madison Libraries and the State Historical Society, reproducing letters and other items from Wisconsin's history.
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