Assembly Floor Session: February 22, 2024 (PFAS, EV Infrastructure, Health Policy)

The Wisconsin Assembly met February 22, 2024. See the floor calendar here. This floor session carried over to the following day due to the number of bills on the calendar. Also this month, both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met February 13 and 20 (Senate, Assembly) and the Assembly also met on February 15. The […]

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Senate Floor Session: February 20, 2024 (Health, Education, Transportation, Executive Appointments)

The Wisconsin Senate met February 20, 2024. See the floor calendar here. Also this month, both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met February 13 and the Assembly met February 15, 20, and 22. The Senate confirmed eight appointments to various state boards and commissions, mostly related to oversight of higher education. Senate Republicans, with a […]

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: January 16, 2024

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met January 16 to vote on bills, resolutions, and executive appointments. Also this month, the Assembly met January 18 and 25. This was the first floor day of the new year, and January will be one of the last regular floor periods of the 2023-24 legislative session. The Assembly […]

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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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Republicans Introduce Revised EV Charging Legislation; Senate Hearing Held

A group of Republican legislators have introduced revised legislation to allow businesses to operate an electric vehicle (EV) charging facility without being regulated as a public utility (AB 846/SB 791) and to create an electric vehicle infrastructure grant program to help pay for new charging stations (AB 847/SB 792). The lead authors of the bills […]

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Assembly Floor Sessions: October 12 and 17 (Brewers Stadium Financing, Gender Transition Regulation)

The Wisconsin Assembly met twice in October for floor days to vote on bills and resolutions. See this article for coverage of the Senate’s October floor day. October 12 (floor calendar) The Assembly passed three bills and five resolutions. The three bills were passed along party lines with all Republicans present voting in favor. According […]

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2023-25 State Budget: Signed Into Law With 51 Partial Vetoes

On July 5, Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced his signing of 2023 Act 19, the Wisconsin state budget for the 2023-25 fiscal biennium, which began July 1. The two-year budget, assembled by the Republican-led Joint Committee on Finance, appropriates $97.4 billion. For comparison, the 2021-23 budget allocated $87.5 billion. The final version of the budget […]

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Joint Finance Committee Budget Votes: June 8, 13, 15

The Joint Committee on Finance (Joint Finance Committee or JFC) of the Wisconsin Legislature has nearly completed its work on the 2023-25 state budget. This article reviews notable provisions adopted by JFC during its three most recent meetings, affecting nine major state agencies. JFC is expected to hold its final budget session later today, June […]

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: June 7

Senate (floor calendar) The Senate met on June 7 to consider a variety of measures. The chamber passed 17 Senate Bills, including transportation-related bills on driver contact records, snowmobile trail signs, probationary licenses, temporary license plates, agricultural road grants, and safety, mapping, and communication aids for ATV/UTV organizations. The Senate also passed natural resources-related bills […]

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Gov. Evers 2023-25 Executive Budget Highlights

Gov. Evers gave his third biennial budget address on February 15, unveiling his 2023-25 executive budget. He proposes an operating budget of $103.8 billion over the next two fiscal years, adding a net 816.55 FTE positions. For comparison, the 2021-23 state budget spent $87.5 billion with a net reduction of 174.19 FTE positions. The complete […]

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