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 posted its listing of candidates for the November 2 general election.
See the Schedule of Committee Activities for information about locations and times of committee hearings held by standing or special committees. Also see the schedule for Legislative Council Special Committees for information about meetings and hearings held 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.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
On November 2, 2010, people from Wisconsin and around the United States go to the polls exercising their right to vote. The LRB library recommends the following resources on elections and voting.
“Protecting the Integrity of the Polling Place: A Constitutional Defense of Poll Watcher Statutes”, Heather S. Heidelbaugh, Harvard Journal on Legislation; v. 46, no. 1, pg 271-242, Winter 2009. (328/H26/v.46/no.1/Win 2009)
An Examination of Early Voting in Wisconsin: A Government Accountability Board Report, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Elections Division, 2010.
Election Administration (Tap the Power), Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, March 2008.
Wisconsin Votes: An Electoral History, Robert Booth Fowler, 2008. (324/ F82)
Last revised: November 13, 2012