JFC Members Finalized

The 2019-20 session is beginning soon, and the first several months of the session will focus on developing the 2019-21 state budget. Key to the budget process is the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC), which modifies and takes the first votes on the budget bill before it goes to the full legislature. Below is the […]

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2018-19 ATRA Judicial Hellholes Report Highlights Wis. Accomplishments

The American Tort Reform Association recently released its 2018-19 Judicial Hellholes report. While the report’s focus is to recognize some of the worst-ranking civil justice climates in the country, the report also highlights several “Points of Light,” including civil justice reform accomplishments in Wisconsin over the past year. The report recognizes the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s […]

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Supreme Court December Oral Arguments

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will meet just once for oral arguments in December. Of note, the Dec. 11 oral arguments include West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ixthus Medical Supply, Inc. The case will determine whether West Bend has a duty to defend Ixthus in a case involving the alleged illegal domestic sale of diabetic […]

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Legislature Passes Extraordinary Session Bill Package

The Senate convened first and began by taking up a list of appointees from Gov. Scott Walker. The Senate confirmed the appointees en masse, 18-15 along party lines. Of note, Ellen Nowak was confirmed as Public Service Commissioner, and Georgia Maxwell was confirmed as Labor and Industry Review Commissioner. The legislature also approved three bills. […]

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2018 Study Committees Winding Down

As the 2019-20 session is approaching, the legislature’s 2018 interim study committees have begun winding down. At least two committees have completed their work and recommendations, and several others are holding their final meetings in the coming weeks. Below is an update on committees of note.   Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement  The committee […]

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DOA Suspends RFPs

The Department of Administration (DOA) procurement team has announced it is suspending all pending Requests for Proposals (RFPs) until after the transition from Gov. Scott Walker to governor-elect Tony Evers is complete. DOA said RFPs that have not reached their due date will be cancelled, with the option for agencies under the Evers administration to […]

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Senate & Assembly Caucuses Select Leadership

The Senate and Assembly caucuses on both sides of the aisle have elected their leadership for the 2019-20 legislative sessions. Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of the legislature have elected largely the same leadership teams for their respective caucuses. Senate Republicans re-elected Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), President Roger Roth (R-Appleton), President Pro Tempore […]

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Evers Transition Team Takes Shape

Governor-elect Tony Evers has begun setting up his transition team as he prepares to take office in January. The Joint Finance Committee approved Evers’s $94,600 transition budget request, most of which will go to seven transition staff positions.   Transition Team Evers named his campaign manager Maggie Gau his chief of staff and JoAnne Anton, […]

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DOA Releases Revenue Estimates for the Upcoming Biennium

On Nov. 20, the Department of Administration (DOA) released a summary of the state agency budget requests and revenue estimate for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Typically, this revenue estimate has been used as the foundation for the development of the 2019-21 state budget. According to the report, the state ended FY 2017-18 with a […]

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Final 2018 Elections Preview

U.S. Senate:  Baldwin v. Vukmir  While a number of states across the country are seeing record spending in U.S. Senate races that are coming down to the wire, activity and polling tells us that the race between U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and state Sen. Leah Vukmir will be one of the first ones called on […]

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