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 final scheduled floorperiod of the 2009-10 legislative session ended on May 26. The legislature is in an interim period for the remainder of the biennial session. The schedule for the current legislative session was established by 2009 Senate Joint Resolution 1. Senate and Assembly committees will meet during the interim to consider administrative rules and conduct informational hearings.
All state assembly seats and odd-numbered senate seats will be up for election this fall. The partisan primary election will be held on September 14, and the general election is on November 2. For more information on registered candidates, please see the Government Accountability Board's Web site or the LRB’s Wisconsin Brief on candidates in the primary election. You can also view a list of incumbents who will not be seeking reelection. The 2011-12 legislative session will commence on January 3, 2011, with the inauguration of members.
On May 27, the Legislative Council released a list of proposed study committees with the results of the balloting of the council. The committees are to report to the 2011 legislature.
The Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules will hold a public hearing, followed by an executive session, on various provisions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code on Tuesday, August 27 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 225 Northwest of the Capitol. See the Schedule of Committee Activities for information about locations and times of other committee hearings.
In the 2009 legislative session, 406 bills have been signed into law. Six bills have been vetoed in their entirety, and 5 bills were vetoed in part.
There were 978 assembly bills and 708 senate bills introduced during the 2009 session. Additionally, one senate bill was introduced during the June 2009 Special Session, and 2 assembly bills were introduced during the December 2009 Special Session. All 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.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
It’s that time again! As students are going back to school, the LRB Library recommends a few resources about education in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Information Network for Successful Schools. A Web site from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction providing information on best practices, school improvement, data analysis and standards and assessment.
“Virtual Charter Schools, Department of Public Instruction: An Evaluation”, February 2010. Prepared by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.
“Parsing the Achievement Gap II”, April 2009. Policy Information Center, Educational Testing Service. A follow up to the 2003 report evaluating if the achievement gap has changed.
On August 18, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released statistics on Wisconsin 2010 graduates who took the ACT college admissions test.
Last revised: November 13, 2012