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 January 17, 2012, and is scheduled to last until January 26. The Senate convened on Tuesday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m., and the Assembly will convene on Thursday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Governor Scott Walker has announced that he plans to deliver his annual State of the State address on January 25 in front of a joint meeting of the legislature.
The 60-day recall petition drive ended on January 17, and petitioners claim to have the required number of signatures to trigger recall elections for the following state offices: Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Senator Van Wanggaard, Senator Terry Moulton, and Senator Pam Galloway. The petitions are currently being reviewed by the Government Accountability Board (GAB). For more information on recalls, see the GAB Web site.
A second public hearing for Assembly Bill 426, relating to the regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties, was held on January 11 in Hurley, Wisconsin, by the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Small Business. The bill will be taken up when the Assembly convenes on January 26.
On January 3, Wisconsin’s Presidential Primary Selection Committee selected seven Republicans and one Democrat to appear as candidates in the Presidential Primary vote on April 3, 2012. The Republican candidates on the primary ballot will be Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. The Democratic candidate will be Barack Obama.
As of January 20, 113 acts have been signed into law. You can find them here. All bills awaiting action by the governor from the previous floorperiod and special session have been acted on.
Legislative committee activity is available on the Schedule of Committee Activities.
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.
The Legislative Reference Bureau issued two study guides for the 2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book. Study Guide to the 2011-2012 Blue Book is geared toward high school students. Inside the 2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book is geared toward elementary school students.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 19, 2012