Wisconsin Supreme Court Reverses Earlier Redistricting Decision, Selects Republican Legislative Maps

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has adopted state legislative maps proposed by Republican legislative leaders, a reversal of the court’s earlier decision adopting maps proposed by Gov. Tony Evers (D). On April 15, the state’s high court issued what is likely to be its final ruling related to the current cycle of redistricting in Wisconsin. The […]

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2021-22 Session Ends With 267 New Laws, Record-Breaking 126 Vetoes

On April 15, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued what are likely to be his final signatures and vetoes of the 2021-22 legislative session. With the Assembly and Senate standing adjourned as of their final floor days in February and March, respectively, any outstanding bills passed by both houses were sent to the governor’s desk […]

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Judge Rules DNR Should Have Promulgated a List of Hazardous Substances

On April 12, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ruled in favor of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) in a lawsuit involving two environmental cleanup programs managed by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). WMC, the state’s chamber of commerce and largest business lobby, filed the lawsuit last year along with dry cleaning […]

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Joint Legislative Council Establishes Seven Study Committees

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Legislative Council (JLC) recommends special committees to study major issues identified by the Legislature, typically during even-numbered years after adjournment. JLC circulated a paper ballot that was due on April 15 asking legislators to approve seven proposed committees. The committees are expected to gather information and make policy recommendations that could […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Gov. Evers’ State Legislative Maps

The United States Supreme Court ordered the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reconsider its decision adopting state legislative maps proposed by Gov. Tony Evers. This is the latest decision in an ongoing series of lawsuits regarding redistricting in Wisconsin. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its order on March 23. The unsigned opinion was adopted on a […]

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58 New Laws: Gov. Evers’ Signatures and Vetoes in March

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has signed 58 bills into law since our early March update on gubernatorial actions. Although the Wisconsin Legislature has adjourned for the remainder of the year, there are still dozens of bills that passed both houses but have yet to be formally presented to Gov. Evers. Once Senate or Assembly […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Adopts Gov. Evers’ Redistricting Plan

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has adopted a redistricting plan proposed by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), a notable legal and political victory for Democrats. The court filed its decision on March 3. Justice Brian Hagedorn, a judicial conservative, wrote the opinion for a 4-3 majority including himself and the court’s three liberal justices. The majority […]

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Legislature Adjourned After Final Senate Floor Session: March 8

The Wisconsin Legislature stands adjourned following the Senate’s final planned floor day on March 8. The Assembly adjourned two weeks earlier after its final votes on February 23 and 24. Barring any unusual circumstances, the Legislature will not convene again until the next legislative session begins in January 2023. Also on March 8, Republican leaders […]

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Gov. Evers Has Signed 20 Bills Since Mid-February

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has signed 20 bills into law since our last update on gubernatorial actions. On February 21, the governor announced the signing of 2021 Wisconsin Act 140, which created a penalty for refusing or obstructing the installation of a GPS tracker or similar device required for certain offenders. On March 4, […]

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Assembly Adjourns After Final Floor Sessions: February 23 and 24

The Wisconsin Assembly stands adjourned following a week of floor votes on February 22, 23, and 24. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has stated publicly that, barring any unusual circumstances, the Assembly will not convene again until the next legislative session begins in January 2023. Assembly Floor Calendar, February 23 The Assembly created a lengthy […]

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