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 current legislative floorperiod began on October 18, 2011 and is scheduled to last until November 3. The Assembly has scheduled floor sessions for Tuesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 3. The Senate has scheduled a floor session for Wednesday, November 2.
On September 28, Governor Walker issued Executive Order 45 calling the legislature into special session beginning on September 29 to consider legislation on a variety of topics, including economic development issues such as entrepreneurial and investment tax credits, tax incremental financing districts, and small business loan guarantees. The Senate has thus far convened the special session on the same days as the regular session in October. September 2011 Special Session bills recently passed by the Senate include:
Bills passed by the Senate or Assembly during the October 18-November 3 floorperiod include:
The Assembly has set a calendar of bills for Tuesday, November 1, which includes 2011 Assembly Bill 62, regulating the administration of medication to pupils; 2011 Assembly Bill 69, relating to the privilege of self-defense; 2011 Assembly Bill 122, which would permit an educational agency to refuse to employ or terminate from employment an unpardoned felon; and 2011 Assembly Bill 161 and 2011 Senate Bill 116, moving the date of the September Primary.
On September 2, Governor Walker issued Executive Order 41, which orders a special election for the 95th Assembly District seat, formerly held by now-Senator Jennifer Shilling, on November 8. A primary was held on October 11, with La Crosse County Supervisor Jill Billings winning a four-way Democratic primary. She will face Republican candidate David Drewes in the general election.
As of October 28, 45 acts have been signed into law. You can find them here.
Legislative committee activity is available on the Schedule of Committee Activities. This week in the Assembly, the Committees on Housing and Colleges and Universities will hold public hearings on proposals, and the Committee on Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs will hold an executive session. In the Senate, the Committee on Health will hold a public hearing.
The 2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book is now available online. It may be ordered from the Department of Administration, Document Sales Unit, (608) 266-3358. The price is $10.30 with shipping and $7.30 without. State Legislators are provided with complimentary copies to give to their constituents. You may contact your state senator or representative to ask about receiving one.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the
Last revised: November 19, 2012