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 general business floorperiod of the Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to run from April 13 to April 22, 2010, and is the last scheduled general floorperiod of the 2009-2010 legislative session. 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.
Representative Kitty Rhoades (30th Assembly District) is the latest legislator to announce that she will not seek reelection. She joins 11 other legislators that have indicated that they will forego reelection campaigns in November.
For information on upcoming events refer to the Schedule of Committee Activities.
Governor Doyle signed a number of bills into law recently, including:
As of March 19, 879 Assembly bills and 633 Senate bills have been introduced. Recently introduced legislation can be found on the Legislature's Searchable Infobases site.
The Senate recently introduced Senate Bill 592 and the Assembly introduced Assembly Bill 845, relating to establishing a biometric fingerprint identification system for enrollment and monitoring child care attendance under Wisconsin Shares.
The Library staff recommends the following web resources on this topic:
Biometrics.gov: “The central source of information on biometrics-related activities of the Federal government.”
Biometrics Catalog: A worldwide collection of research, government publications, and news about biometric standards and related privacy issues.
EPIC.org: Electronic Privacy Information Center – Biometric Identifiers.
How Fingerprint Scanners Work - "In this article, we'll examine the secrets behind this exciting development in law enforcement and identity security. We'll also see how fingerprint scanner security systems stack up to conventional password and identity card systems, and find out how they can fail."
ThirdFactor.com: “News and insight into biometric identification and authentication.”
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 13, 2012