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.
An ethics committee has deadlocked twice on a vote to decide whether Representative Jeff Wood should face discipline for three recent driving under the influence arrests. The committee’s report will go to the Assembly without recommending a course of action, but the full house could vote to impose discipline ranging from a reprimand to expulsion. Representative Wood has already announced that he will not seek reelection.
As of April 8, 942 Assembly bills and 678 Senate bills have been introduced. Recently introduced legislation can be found on the Legislature's Searchable Infobases site, or by using the Request text and history of legislative proposals function on the home page. Among bills introduced last week were:
For information on upcoming events refer to the Schedule of Committee Activities.
Governor Doyle has not signed any new legislation in the past week.
Several bills have been introduced this session affecting unemployment compensation (unemployment insurance). All of these bills can be found under the heading “Unemployment insurance” in the Subject Index to Legislation.
Wisconsin has a distinctive place in the history of unemployment insurance as the first state to enact such legislation in 1932. The library has posted a Noteworthy Titles list, “Unemployment insurance legislation in Wisconsin”, which provides a selection of historical and current resources on the topic. To view all our Noteworthy Titles lists, visit the Library Services page.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 13, 2012