Judge Brian Hagedorn Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

In the only statewide race in the Wisconsin 2019 spring elections on April 2, Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn beat Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Hagedorn won by close to 6,000 votes, and Judge Neubauer has officially conceded, declining to call for a […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Considers Whether DPI and Superintendent Violated REINS Act

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments on April 10 in one of the more important cases of the term, Koschkee v. Evers. The case presents important state constitutional issues centered on whether the Department of Public Instruction and Superintendent of Public Instruction violated the 2017 Regulations from the Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act). The […]

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Extraordinary Session Litigation Update

Several ongoing cases seeking to void the 2018 extraordinary session legislation are moving through Wisconsin and federal courts. This article provides background on each of the cases and updates on where each of the cases are in the legal process.   League of Women Voters v. Evers Status 4/15/19: The Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted the […]

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Water Quality Task Force Discusses Agriculture & Groundwater

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met for the second time in Madison on April 3 to hear testimony from both farmers and conservation advocates on solutions to improve water quality in Wisconsin. The committee hopes to put forth bipartisan legislative recommendations on clean drinking water by this fall. The first presenter, the Wisconsin […]

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JFC Holds Agency Briefings on 2019-21 Budget

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has kicked off the budget process in the legislature by holding agency briefings this week. Inviting fewer agencies than usual, JFC heard testimony from six agencies over two days. Next, the committee will travel the state for four public hearings in April, then likely begin votes in May. Meanwhile, Gov. […]

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Positive Medicaid Budget Projected by End of Current Biennium

On March 29, the Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted an updated projection for the state’s Medicaid budget to the Joint Finance Committee.  DHS estimates the Medicaid budget will end the current 2017-19 biennium with a surplus of $233.9 million GPR. The biennium ends on June 30, 2019. This is an increase of $21.1 million […]

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Spring Elections: Brian Hagedorn Wins Supreme Court Race

In the only statewide race in the Wisconsin 2019 spring elections, Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn beat Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. However, Hagedorn won by close to 6,000 votes, leaving open the possibility of a recount. Judge Neubauer has not officially conceded […]

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Wisconsin Withdraws From ACA Lawsuit

Attorney General Josh Kaul has withdrawn Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit seeking to declare the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. Wisconsin and Texas had originally led the litigation under former Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. The lawsuit argues that the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional, and, because the individual mandate is “essential” to the ACA, […]

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Wolff v. Menard, Inc. (Negligence and Safe Place Statute)

In Wolff v. Menard, Inc. (2018AP119), the Court of Appeals District I held that summary judgment was applicable because there were no issues of material fact related to where an accident at a Menards store occurred and who was responsible for it. Menard contracted with Neumann to maintain parts of its premises in the winter. […]

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O’Brien v. Travelers Inn, LLC (Minimum Wage)

In O’Brien v. Travelers Inn, LLC (2018AP1483), the Court of Appeals District IV held that employees are entitled to the minimum wage minus a statutorily set lodging deduction, regardless of the value of the lodging provided. Travelers Inn compensated employee Deborah O’Brien solely with lodging at a value of $500 per month. Divided by the […]

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