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 most recent legislative floorperiod ended on September 22. The next scheduled floorperiod begins on October 18, 2011. The governor convened a special session on September 29 to act on various economic measures described in Executive Order 45. The January special session was adjourned by both houses on September 27.
The Legislature has RSS feeds for both recently introduced legislation and recent session activity. Our Facebook page also has links to recently introduced bills. Bills recently introduced in the legislature include:
On Friday, September 2, Governor Walker issued Executive Order 41, which orders a special election for Jennifer Shilling's 95th Assembly District seat on November 8. A primary will be held on October 11 if necessary.
On August 9, Chris Taylor was elected to the 48th Assembly District in a Special Election. The resulting partisan composition of the Assembly is 59 Republicans, 38 Democrats, 1 Independent, and 1 vacancy.
As of September 30, 44 acts have been signed into law. You can find them here.
Legislative committee activity is available on the Schedule of Committee Activities.
Today, margarine is often promoted as a healthy alternative to butter. However, at the beginning, the butter substitute known as oleomargarine was controversial and subject to many restrictions. On September 14, Senate Bill 183 was introduced repealing the restrictions from that era. The library recommends the following resources for further information on the history of the controversy.
"The 'Oleo Wars': Wisconsin's Fight Over the Demon Spread" / Gerry Strey, Wisconsin Magazine of History, v. 85, no. 1, Autumn 2001.
Developments in Wisconsin's Oleomargarine Legislation / Legislative Reference Bureau, Informational Bulletin 65-3 (revised edition July 1966). LRB/i/65-3 rev. (In library use only.) Explains the history and development of legislation as well as listing bills from 1881 to 1965.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 19, 2012