January 25, 2019


Governor Evers delivered his first State of the State Address highlighting his priorities for the upcoming session. Legislative Democrats welcomed his speech and are eager to work with the Governor to improve health care, strengthen schools, fix our roads and invest in pro-growth policies that build up the middle class. After eight years of misguided priorities under Republican control, Gov. Evers is focused on compromise, investing in our communities, and expanding opportunities for everyone.

Both the Senate and the Assembly were in session this week. The Assembly passed AB 1, which attempts to address pre-existing condition coverage concerns. However, Senate Republicans who previously voted against a similar proposal have indicated opposition to this proposal as well. The Senate meanwhile approved a rules package that failed to address many concerns that were raised during the lame-duck session.

What Democrats Are Saying 

​ Democratic Proposals

LRB0150- Restoring condemnation authority for recreational trails, bicycle and pedestrian ways or lanes (Sen. Risser)- Related to allowing certain entities, such as a county board, village board, or the Department of Transportation, to use the power of condemnation to acquire land or interests in land for the purpose of establishing or extending recreational trails, bicycle ways or lanes, or pedestrian ways. 

LRB1201- Advisory referendum on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Rep. Subeck and Sen. Hansen)- Related to creating an advisory referendum that would appear on the November 2020 ballot. If the proposed referendum passes, Wisconsin would go on record calling for a constitutional amendment to limit election spending. 

LRB1453- Prohibiting contests for killing wild animals and providing a penalty (Sen. Risser)- Related to prohibiting the organization of and participation in contests for killing wild animals.

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate conducted a floor session Tuesday, January 22nd , passing a rules package by a vote of 19-13. The Senate also took up a resolution to change the session schedule and grant Gov. Evers a budget extension, which passed 29-3. Senate Democrats proposed amendments aimed to strengthen transparency and accountability in the Senate process, which were rejected by Senate Republicans. 


The next possible session day is scheduled for February 12th. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.


This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session

The Assembly conducted a floor session on Tuesday, January 22nd, passing Assembly Bill 1- which attempts to address pre-existing condition coverage concerns. This session was followed by Gov. Evers’ State of the State address in the Assembly Chamber. The entire floor calendar can be found here.

Joint Committees

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 23rd. The committee also held an Executive Session on Wednesday, January 23rd following the hearing.


Next Week in the Legislature


Joint Committees

Study Committee on Bail and Conditions of Pretrial Release

The committee will hold a meeting to discuss committee assignment and bill drafts.


Joint Legislative Audit Committee

The committee will hold a Public Hearing to discuss audit reports.


Senate Committees

There are no committee meetings scheduled at this time. 

Assembly Committees

There are no committee meetings scheduled at this time. 

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