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A Citizen's Guide to Participation in the
Wisconsin State Legislature

Prepared by the Wisconsin Legislative Council Staff, 2019

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Citizens participate in all levels and branches of government.  Three key ways in which citizens participate in the Legislative Branch are by:

    • Being informed about the affairs of government;
    • Communicating with their elected representatives; and
    • Testifying at public hearings held by legislative committees.


This guide is a general description of typical procedures in the Wisconsin Legislature and designed to help you, the citizen, participate in the Wisconsin State Legislature. It is in the following parts: