Governor Signs Civil Litigation Reforms

This week, Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 235, which contains a number of important civil litigation reforms, including discovery and class action rules. This major legislation will significantly reduce the cost of litigation for Wisconsin businesses. Common-sense reforms under Act 235 will: Prevent litigants from abusing the discovery process to leverage a higher potential settlement […]

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Signed By Governor: School Safety, Apprenticeships, Civil Litigation Reforms & More

With the legislature finished for the 2017-18 session, Gov. Scott Walker has been busy signing legislation into law. So far this session, Walker has signed 273 bills, and a handful of others passed by both chambers of the legislature are eligible for signing in the upcoming weeks. Highlights of bill signings over the past several […]

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Gov. Walker Calls June Special Elections

After a series of court decisions and appeals, Gov. Scott Walker has called special elections to fill the vacant Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42. Walker had previously declined to hold special elections because he argued the legislature would wrap up session before new legislators would be elected. The vacancies came after the appointments of […]

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Proposed Legislative Study Committees Distributed

Each interim summer, the Wisconsin Legislative Council provides legal and policy support to several study committees established by the Joint Legislative Council. The Joint Legislative Council co-chairs Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) have distributed a list of nine proposed study committees for the 2018 interim. Joint Legislative Council members will vote […]

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Legislature Passes Common Sense Civil Litigation Reforms

In their March 22 extraordinary session, the Wisconsin Assembly concurred in AB 773, which contains a number of important civil litigation reforms, including discovery and class action rules. The bill now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. AB 773 is a major victory for Wisconsin businesses and will significantly reduce the cost of […]

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Floor Report: Senate and Assembly Wrap Up Priority Issues of 2017-18 Session

The Senate and Assembly met this week for what is likely the last floor votes of the 2017-18 session. Although the Assembly had said they were finished in February, Senate changes to priority issues led the Assembly to meet in extraordinary session on Thursday. In the extraordinary session, the Assembly passed gun safety legislation outside […]

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Legislature & Governor Highlight Importance of Apprenticeships to Wisconsin Workforce

Earlier this month, Gov. Scott Walker congratulated the four winners of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin’s skills competition. Walker said the skilled work demonstrated by these winners is “helping build a better Wisconsin” and is vital to moving the Wisconsin economy forward. Walker highlighted ABC’s apprenticeship programs that help train a new generation […]

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Assembly Passes Litigation Reform Bill

In their Feb. 22 session, the Assembly passed AB 773, which contains a number of important civil litigation reforms, including discovery and class action rules. The bill passed the Assembly on a voice vote and has been messaged to the Senate. AB 773 aligns Wisconsin’s civil procedures for discovery and class actions to the corresponding […]

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Signed by Governor: Leading on Lead Act, Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, and Worker’s Compensation Fix

Signed by Governor: Leading on Lead Act, Wisconsin Health Care Stability Plan, and Worker’s Compensation Fix

In the last week, Gov. Scott Walker signed several major bills into law. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Milwaukee, the governor signed the Leading on Lead Act into law as Act 136. The Act allows water utilities to provide financial assistance to replace water laterals on private property containing lead. The law requires a municipal […]

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Badger State Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Day

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Badger State Sheriffs’ Association held their legislative day. Sheriffs from across Wisconsin met with their legislators to discuss a variety of issues impacting law enforcement. The priority issues Sheriffs advocated for included AB 676, which will provide protective status to county jailers. The bipartisan legislation passed the Assembly unanimously and […]

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