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 February 14 and concluded on February 23. The final general-business floorperiod for the 2011 legislative session is scheduled for March 6 to 15.
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 The bill was referred to the Senate Select Committee on Mining Jobs, but withdrawn from that committee on February 15 and rereferred to the Joint Committee on Finance, pursuant to Senate Rule 46 (2)(c). A public hearing on the bill was held by the Joint Committee on Finance on February 17.
On March 1, the Senate Committee on Education passed Senate Bill 461, 5-2, relating to various education reforms. The companion bill, Assembly Bill 558, passed on February 27, 6-5. The education reform package includes legislation to implement recommendations of the Read to Lead Task Force and the Educator Effectiveness Design Team.
On February 21, a panel of three federal judges began proceedings in a federal case to challenge the congressional redistricting plan. New congressional districts are established by state legislatures following the U.S. Census every 10 years, and this year two groups in Wisconsin filed suit in federal court to prevent the proposed plan from being implemented. The federal panel began hearing testimony on February 23. More information on redistricting is available from the Government Accountability Board.
Governor Walker made several appointments last week. W. Richard Chiapete was appointed District Attorney for Racine County; David Lasee was appointed District Attorney for Brown County; and James Morrison of Peshtigo was appointed Marinette County Circuit Judge, Branch 2.
The Legislature has RSS feeds for both recently introduced legislation and recent session activity. You can also view a listing of recently introduced bills. Our Facebook page also has links to recently introduced bills.
For details of upcoming committee meetings, see the Schedule of Committee Activities.
As of March 2, 118 acts have been signed into law during the 2011-12 legislative session and they can be found under the acts section of the Legislative Documents site.
Bills awaiting action by the governor can be found under the enrolled bills section of the Legislative Documents site.
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) is currently reviewing petitions for the following offices: Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Senator Van Wanggaard, Senator Terry Moulton, and Senator Pam Galloway. For more information on recalls, including estimated numbers of signatures and images of the petitions, see the GAB recall information 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 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