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 continues. 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 regular session floorperiod begins January 17, 2012.
As of November 18, 77 acts have been signed into law. You can find them here.
On Wednesday, November 16, the governor signed eleven bills into law, including:
You can view a complete list of enrolled proposals awaiting action by the governor on the Wisconsin Legislature Web site.
Legislative committee activity is available on the Schedule of Committee Activities.
On November 15, the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules met to review recent decisions of the Government Accountability Board on recall petitions and student IDs used for voting. A video record of this meeting is available in the archives section of WisconsinEye.
The Joint Committee on Employment Relations met on November 17 to discuss the 2011-13 Compensation Plan, which includes employees formerly covered by collective bargaining agreements. A video of the meeting can be found at WisconsinEye. Materials used in the creation of the Compensation Plan, including the migration of public employee contracts, is available at the Office of State Employment Relations web site.
The La Crosse Tribune has reported that Jill Billings, the winner of the November 8 special election for the 95th Assembly District, will be sworn in on Saturday, November 19. The election results were certified by the Government Accountability Board on Wednesday, November 16.
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