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 regular session legislative floorperiod ended November 3, but the September 2011 Special Session continued into the early morning hours of Friday, November 4. Governor Walker called 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 next scheduled floorperiod begins January 17, 2012.
The following September 2011 Special Session bills were passed by the Senate and concurred in by the Assembly, and will go to the governor:
Bills passed last week during the October 18-November 3 floorperiod include:
You can view a complete list of enrolled proposals awaiting action by the governor on the Wisconsin Legislature Web site.
On September 2, Governor Walker issued Executive Order 41, ordering a special election for the 95th Assembly District seat, formerly held by now-Senator Jennifer Shilling. La Crosse County Supervisor Jill Billings won a four-way Democratic primary on October 11. She faces Republican candidate David Drewes in the general election on November 8.
As of November 3, 46 acts have been signed into law. You can find them here.
Legislative committee activity is available on the Schedule of Committee Activities.
On November 7, the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules will conduct a public hearing and executive session on permits for carrying concealed weapons. Testimony is limited to invited speakers.
Various Assembly, Senate, and Joint committees will meet on November 8 and November 10. The Assembly Committee on Insurance meeting on November 10 will include public hearings on bills relating to the Wisconsin Retirement System, coverage of abortion services, and dental services fees.
The 2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book is now available online. It may be ordered from the Department of Administration, Document Sales Unit (search Document Sales Catalog for "Wisconsin Blue Book"), (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 left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 19, 2012