Session in Review: Wisconsin Legislature 2023-24

The Wisconsin Legislature stands adjourned for the 2023-24 session and is not expected to reconvene until January 2025. This session, Gov. Tony Evers (D) signed 272 bills into law and vetoed 73 others. He also issued partial vetoes to the state budget and three other spending-related laws. With adjournment, all bills introduced this session have […]

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on JCF Oversight of Stewardship Program

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering a legal challenge from Gov. Tony Evers (D) to the Wisconsin Legislature’s committee oversight power over the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Oral arguments before the court were held April 17; news coverage is available here, here, and here. Specifically, the lawsuit from Gov. Evers alleges that a provision giving the […]

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Governor Signs 24 New Laws, Vetoes GOP Tax Cut Bills

Since our last update in late February, Gov. Tony Evers (D) has signed 24 bills into law and vetoed three others. The Assembly’s last scheduled floor session was February 22, while the Senate held what we anticipate will be its final day of floor votes on March 12. The Legislature is not expected to reconvene […]

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Gov. Evers Signs New Legislative Maps Into Law

On February 19, Gov. Evers (D) signed into law his own redistricting proposal (now 2023 Wisconsin Act 94) after the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature adopted it. See the governor’s press release and prepared remarks on the bill signing and several news articles. Late last year, the liberal majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the […]

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Key Issues as 2023-24 Session Nears Conclusion: Budget Surplus, Redistricting, Abortion

As we approach the end of the 2023-24 legislative session in Wisconsin, several key political and policy issues are dominating conversations among the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers (D). Budget Surplus, Taxes, Child Care, and Workforce Gov. Evers and Republican legislative leaders are still at odds over what to do with the remainder […]

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PSCW Leadership Changes: Valcq Leaving, Strand Confirmed, Huebner Rejected, Nieto Appointed

Several leadership changes have occurred at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), the state’s utility regulator. Chairperson Rebecca Valcq announced she is resigning from the commission effective this Friday, February 2 (news coverage here and here). In the same announcement, Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced that he had selected current Commissioner Summer Strand to […]

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Gov. Evers Discusses Workforce, Healthcare, PFAS in Sixth State of the State Address

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) delivered his sixth annual State of the State address on January 23 before a joint session of the Wisconsin Legislature. The address was delivered in the Assembly Chambers of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. The governor’s office has released the prepared remarks and a video recording of the speech. […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Finds State Legislative Maps Unconstitutional, Orders New Maps for 2024

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that the state legislative maps adopted by the same court in April 2022 are unconstitutional. The court issued a decision in Clarke v. WEC on December 22, 2023. The justices of the court voted 4-3 along ideological lines to find that the current maps are unconstitutional and to order […]

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Governor Signs Brewers Stadium Package and 45 Other Bills, Vetoes Six

Since his last bill-signing announcement in mid-November, Gov. Evers (D) has acted on 53 bills, signing 47 into law and vetoing six others.  Per the legislative session calendar, these bills were automatically forwarded to Gov. Evers on November 30. In total, 86 new laws have been enacted so far this session. Both houses of the […]

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Gov. Evers Signs Six Bills Into Law, Totaling 39 This Session

Since his last bill-signing announcement in early August, Gov. Evers (D) has signed six more bills into law, bringing the total number of new laws enacted so far this session to 39. Several other bills have passed both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature are ready to be presented to Gov. Evers for his review. Per […]

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