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 next floorperiod for the Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to run from February 16 to March 4, 2010. The schedule of floorperiods for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session was established by 2009 Senate Joint Resolution 1.
Check the Assembly and Senate Daily Floor Calendars for items which will be considered during floor sessions.
For information on upcoming events refer to the Schedule of Committee Activities.
As of February 15, 748 Assembly bills and 536 Senate bills have been introduced. Recently introduced legislation can be found on the Legislature's Searchable Infobases site.
Among the bills introduced in the last week:
As of February 15, Governor Doyle has signed 123 bills into law and vetoed 3 bills. A list of all enacted legislation from the 2009 session can be viewed at: http://www.legis.wi.gov/2009/data/acts/.
Among the recently enacted laws:
Senate Bill 530 is one of several bills introduced this session to regulate the payday loan industry in Wisconsin. All of the bills can be found under the subject “Small loan” in the Subject Index to Legislation.
The LRB Library Staff recommend the following resources for further information on the payday loan industry.
Regulation of Payday Loan Providers / prepared by Clark G. Radatz. Legislative Reference Bureau, May 2004. (Wisconsin Brief 04-9)
“Financing: Payday Loans” / Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
Get Cash Until Payday! : The Payday-loan Problem in Wisconsin / Kelly J. Noyes. University of Wisconsin Law School, 2006. (Wisconsin Law Review ; v. 2006, no. 6, pp. 1627-1681) (call number: 332.85/N87)
“PayDay Loan Consumer Information” / Consumer Federation of America
“Payday Lending: Current State Laws” / National Conference of State Legislatures
The executive orders index has been updated through December 9, 2009. The official title is: Subject index to executive orders of Governors Knowles, Lucey, Dreyfus, Earl, Thompson, McCallum, Doyle, Acting Governor Schreiber, Lieutenant Governors Olson and Flynn, and Secretary of State Zimmerman, January 1965 – December 9, 2009. The index can be found on the LRB Publications page under the heading “Special Publications.”
The 2009-2010 Wisconsin Blue Book has been published. The Blue Book is available online and is available for purchase from Department of Administration Document Sales for $8.75 plus sales tax if picked up in person; for mail orders, add $3 to the total to cover shipping.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 13, 2012