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 Wisconsin Legislature stands adjourned at the conclusion of the 2011-12 legislative session's final general business floorperiod which ended on March 15.
Representative Louis Molepske (D-Stevens Point) announced on Thursday, May 3, that he will not seek reelection this November. He was first elected in a 2003 special election and was reelected four times.
On Wednesday, May 2, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported to the Joint Committee on Finance on BadgerCare Plus Basic. Effective July 1, 2012, BadgerCare premiums will be increasing for many residents and others will lose coverage. Participants will receive a letter and fact sheet in the mail.
The Department of Justice is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court a March 22 federal district court decision that concluded that the line between Assembly Districts 8 and 9 needed to be redrawn under the Voting Right Act. In a press release, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen stated, “Any time a federal court rejects a state redistricting statute, and decides to redraw or adjust a legislative district, it is a serious matter and appropriate for appellate review.”
During the 2011-12 legislative session, 286 acts have been signed into law. They can be found under the acts section of the Legislative Documents site. All enrolled bills from the current session have now either been signed into law or vetoed.
The Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue will meet on Wednesday, May 9, on a clearinghouse rule relating to changes in sales and use tax. For details of upcoming committee meetings, see the Schedule of Committee Activities.
Recall elections will be held on May 8 (primary) and June 5, 2012 (general). The following people have filed nomination papers for ballot access for the recall elections:
Senate District 13
Senate District 21
Senate District 23
Senate District 29
The Library recommends the following resources to learn more about BadgerCare Plus:
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Last revised: November 19, 2012