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. 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. Inauguration of the new legislature elected on November 2 will take place on January 3, 2011.
On December 15, the Legislature met in extraordinary session to consider 17 state collective bargaining agreements. The Assembly passed the agreements; however, the Senate failed to pass them. The extraordinary session has adjourned. In addition, Senator Russell Decker was removed as Senator Majority Leader and replaced by Senator Dave Hansen.
The November 2 general election included election of all 99 members of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senators for all odd-numbered districts in the 33-member Wisconsin Senate. Official results were certified by the Government Accountability Board on December 1 and are posted on its Web site . The Republican Party gained the majority in both houses: 19 Republicans and 14 Democrats in the Senate, and 60 Republicans, 38 Democrats, and 1 independent in the Assembly. Each house will have one more female legislator in 2011-2012 than in 2009-10 — 8 in the Senate and 23 in the Assembly. For an historical look at the partisan composition of the Wisconsin Legislature, see page 272 of the 2009-2010 Wisconsin Blue Book.
See the Schedule of Committee Activities for information about locations and times of committee hearings held by standing or special committees.
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.
It’s the holiday season, and that also means it’s the season for potlucks and family gatherings with lots of food. The LRB librarians recommend the following resources for information about food safety:
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 15, 2012