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 odd-numbered senate districts and all assembly districts will be contested by the nominated candidates in the general election on November 2, 2010. The Government Accountability Board recently posted its listing of candidates for the November 2 general election.
Legislative Council Special Committees on various subjects - including mental health, local government services, managed forest lands, and higher education financial aid - will meet this week. See the Schedule of Committee Activities for information about locations and times of committee hearings during the interim.
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.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Governor Doyle has proclaimed October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month." The Department of Children and Families is developing a new domestic violence handbook this month to help child protective agents in their work with families.
Health Insurance Exchanges. Wisconsin will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to begin planning for an online health insurance exchange in hopes of providing a "one-stop shop" for affordable health coverage when the federal health insurance exchange provisions take effect in 2014.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
The recession is still a focus of everyone’s attention as employment figures continue to make headlines. The LRB Library recommends the following resources about job growth and employment outlook.
Last revised: November 13, 2012