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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 during legislative floorperiods. Links to more detailed information are highlighted in the text.

The Week of August 18, 2008

Legislative Session

Pursuant to 2007 Senate Joint Resolution 1, the last general business floorperiod of the 2007 biennial session concluded on March 13, and the last veto review period ended on May 29. The 2007 Legislature is not scheduled to meet again in regular session for the remainder of 2008.

Former Majority Leader Johnson Dies

Former Representative Gary K. Johnson, 68, died August 8, 2008, in Madison. Johnson represented Beloit in the Assembly from 1971 to 1984. He was the Assembly Majority Leader in 1980 and for the 1983 session. Johnson later served as a lobbyist for Wisconsin Bell and was an assistant superintendent at the Department of Public Instruction.

Legislative Candidates File for September Primary

July 8 was the filing deadline for the September 2008 primary elections. All 99 seats in the Wisconsin Assembly and 16 of the 33 seats in the Wisconsin Senate are up for election this November. On July 16, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified the final list of candidates. The complete list is available from the Elections Division of the GAB.

Refer to "Candidates: Primary Election, September 9, 2008" for a list of all candidates for the U.S. House and the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Two of the 16 senate seats have no incumbent running.

Seven of the 14 senators running for reelection have no opposition. One other senator has no major party opposition.

No incumbent senators will face a primary opponent.

Thirteen of 99 assembly seats have no incumbent running.

Eighteen of 86 representatives running for reelection have no opposition. Three more have no major party opposition.

Interviews with many of the incumbents not running for reelection can be viewed on WisconsinEye.

Twelve of the 86 representatives running for reelection have a primary opponent.

Great Lakes Water Compact Moves Through Congress

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact continued to make progress in the U.S. Congress, being ratified by the Senate on August 1. Governor Jim Doyle testified before of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 30, calling on Congress to approve the compact. A group of state legislators sent a letter to Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation calling for quick approval of the compact. The compact now awaits action in the House of Representatives.

The Wisconsin Legislature approved the compact in May in a special session called by Governor Doyle. The Legislative Council has issued a series of memoranda summarizing the Wisconsin act and the compact.

For more information, see:

Committee Activity

Because the final general business floorperiod of the 2007-2008 session has concluded, committees are no longer meeting to consider proposed legislation. They will, however, continue to hold occasional meetings and public hearings on various matters such as appointments to boards and commissions, state contracts, and administrative rules. In addition, special study committees of the Legislative Council will continue to meet during the interim. Please see the Schedule of Committee Activities to view the full monthly calendar and to obtain details regarding times and locations of committee meetings.

Recent Publications

The Legislative Reference Bureau recently issued Wisconsin Brief 08-10, "Candidates: Primary Election, September 9, 2008," Wisconsin Brief 08-9, “Privacy Laws in Wisconsin,” Budget Brief 08-2, “No Call List and Cell Phones,” Legislative Brief 08-8, “Organ Donation,” Legislative Brief 08-7, “Changes in Impact Fees and Development of Public Facilities,” Wisconsin Brief 08-8, “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact,” Research Bulletin 08-1, “Summary of the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Legislative Session,” and Wisconsin Brief 08-7, “State Agencies, Boards, Commissions, or Councils Created, Repealed, or Revised by the 2007 Legislature.”

Recent publications from other legislative service agencies:

The Legislative Audit Bureau

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau

The Legislative Council.

Blue Book Study Guides

Two Informational Bulletins were also issued by the LRB as companions to the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Blue Book: Informational Bulletin 07-1, “A Study Guide to the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Blue Book,” and Informational Bulletin 07-2, “Inside the 2007-2008 Wisconsin Blue Book.”

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