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 began on January 17, 2012, and concluded January 26. The next scheduled floorperiod is February 14 through 23.
Governor Scott Walker delivered his annual State of the State address on January 25 in front of a joint meeting of the legislature. Video and a transcript of the speech is available at the governor's Web site.
The Assembly passed Assembly Bill 426, relating to the regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, on January 26, by a vote of 59-36 (2 paired). An Assembly Substitute Amendment was adopted by a vote of 59-37. The bill will now go before the Senate for approval.
After a year of debate, the Senate and Assembly have come to an agreement on Senate Bill 2, related to changes to the timing of the application process under the open enrollment program. On January 17, the Senate receded from its position on Assembly Amendment 3, which allows a resident school board to have a say in whether a child can transfer to a nonresident school district, but also approved another amendment to allow the Department of Public Instruction to override that decision. The Assembly concurred in that amendment on January 26.
On January 26, the Assembly approved an amendment to Senate Bill 184, which would allow the Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities more time to submit its report to legislative standing committees. The original version of the bill changed the date, set by the Biennial Budget, Act 32, from January 2012 to January 2013. The Assembly amended the language to change the date to July 31, 2012, with an optional delayed date of August 2012. The bill will return to the Senate for concurrence.
The Assembly also passed the following bills on a voice vote on January 26:
The Senate passed the following bills on a voice vote on January 24:
Legislative committee activity is available on the Schedule of Committee Activities.
As of January 27, 113 acts have been signed into law. You can find them here. All bills awaiting action by the governor from the previous floorperiod can be found under the enrolled bills section of the Legislative Documents site.
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.
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.
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