Governor Evers Vetoes Redistricting Bills, Setting Up Court Battles

On November 18, Governor Tony Evers (D) vetoed Senate Bills (SB) 621 and 622, meaning that Wisconsin’s political maps for the next ten years will likely be set by the Wisconsin Supreme Court or a panel of federal judges. The governor announced the action in a press release and sent a veto message to the […]

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With Legal Challenges Pending, OSHA Suspends Vaccine Rule

Earlier this month, the federal government released the details of two administrative rules affecting an estimated 100 million workers or more, about two-thirds of the United States’ active labor force. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees are either vaccinated against COVID-19 or […]

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President Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill Including Billions for Wisconsin

On November 15, President Joe Biden (D) signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in early November by a vote of 228-206, with most Democratic members supporting the bill and most Republican members opposed. The Senate had passed the bill in August on a 69-30 […]

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Legislative Update: Floor Votes and Executive Actions from November and October

November While redistricting has been the most contested legislative issue over the last few months (click here for our most recent coverage), the Wisconsin Legislature and governor have also been working on other priorities. The Senate and Assembly each met once during November to vote on redistricting proposals and other matters. Notably, both houses in […]

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DWD and DOA Clarify Jurisdiction Over Worker’s Compensation Cases

The Wisconsin Departments of Administration (DOA) and Workforce Development (DWD) have reached an agreement on the handling of contested worker’s compensation hearings in Wisconsin. The worker’s compensation program provides an exclusive remedy for claims involving workplace injuries, ensuring that injured workers are compensated while also protecting employers from excessive litigation costs. On November 9, the […]

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Wisconsin COVID-19 Update: Pfizer Vaccine Available to Kids Five and Older

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children Ages Five and Up Following approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control, children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. In Wisconsin, that age group includes about 500,000 kids. The Wisconsin Department of Health […]

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Wisconsin Legislature to Vote on Redistricting Next Week

Next week, both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature are expected to meet and to take up Republican leaders’ proposals for legislative and congressional redistricting. The Senate is expected to be in session on Monday, November 8, while the Assembly is expected to meet the following Thursday, November 11. The Legislature’s current floor session ends on […]

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Audit Bureau Releases 2020 Election Report

Last month, the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its report on election policy in Wisconsin. LAB is a nonpartisan agency of the Wisconsin Legislature. In February, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee directed LAB to examine issues with election administration in Wisconsin in the context of the November 2020 general election. The report includes 18 recommendations […]

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Biden Administration Releases Employer Vaccine Rules

The federal government has released the details of two administrative rules affecting more than 100 million workers in the United States, about two-thirds of the country’s active labor force. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees are either vaccinated against COVID-19 […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Holding Oral Arguments September Through December

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has announced its schedule for oral arguments for the remainder of 2021. Earlier this year, the court heard cases in January through April and one case in May, then took a break over the summer and began hearing cases again in September. Below is a summary of the court’s schedule for […]

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