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 the session calendar, those bills will be automatically forwarded to the governor on November 30 if leadership does not present them sooner than that.

As for the remainder of the 2023-24 session, the Legislature has no potential floor days scheduled for December, and both houses are expected to adjourn within the first few months of 2024.

October 25, Gov. Evers announced that he had signed three bills into law:

  • Act 34 restores the ability of public safety employees to collectively bargain over who will be covered by a municipal employer’s health plan.
  • Act 35 adopts a change to federal tax law for Wisconsin purposes, relating to the definition of a qualifying high deductible health plan, including the exception for telehealth and other remote care services.
  • Act 36 updates Wisconsin’s references to the Internal Revenue Code through 2022, affecting many policies including the Earned Income Tax Credit and various investment provisions.

November 16, Gov. Evers announced that he had signed another three bills into law:

  • Act 37 creates an exemption from payday loan regulations for transactions with no finance charge or fee.
  • Act 38 ratifies a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the state and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association for state troopers and inspectors for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years.
  • Act 39 ratifies a collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the state and the building trades bargaining unit for fiscal year 2023-24.

The Legislature and Gov. Evers may be on track to enact fewer laws than any regular session in state history. The last 10 regular sessions, going back to 2001, have resulted in an average of 329 laws enacted. The fewest number of laws enacted was 109 in 2001-02.

For more information about the 2023-24 legislative session in Wisconsin, see the following articles: