Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

A worker leaves the the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. The city is now allowing drive up early voting for the state's April 7 election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears

Apr. 3, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attempt to conduct an election in the midst of a coronavirus crisis lurched forward Friday, with a Democratic governor pushing for an all-mail election to replace in-person voting and Republican leaders refusing to budge. Just three days before Tuesday's spring primary...

Wisconsin Republicans say election should be held as planned Tuesday despite governor's request to delay

Apr. 3, 2020 5:02 PM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans say election should be held as planned Tuesday despite governor's request to delay.
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, speaks at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisc. Shilling says she won't seek re-election this fall announcing her decision Thursday, April, 2, 2020. She said in a statement that her sons are in high school and middle school and her time with them at home is running out. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Senate Democratic leader Shilling won't seek re-election

Apr. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of Wisconsin's state Senate Democrats announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election this fall, a setback for her party as it tries to gain ground on the chamber's Republican majority. Jennifer Shilling faced another tight race with perennial GOP rival Dan Kapanke after...

A commuter wears a mask while riding The Hop on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Milwaukee.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Evers releases new virus proposals; poll shows broad support

Apr. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a second package of spending proposals to address the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday as a new poll showed broad support for the actions he's taken already to slow the spread of the disease. With the latest proposals, Evers is now asking the Legislature to...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, Andrea Palm, then Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, speaks during a meeting with reporters in Madison, Wis. Medicaid enrollment in Wisconsin is expected to increase dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic, requiring the Legislature to take swift action to bolster the program that serves more than 1 million poor, elderly and disabled people, the state's health secretary Andrea Palm warned legislative leaders in a letter, Tuesday March 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Evers seeks disaster declaration as unemployment grows

Mar. 31, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for Wisconsin due to the coronavirus pandemic, as the state opened voluntary isolation centers, unemployment claims hit a daily high and the state's health secretary warned that Medicaid...

Roys announces bid to succeed Risser in Wisconsin Senate

Mar. 27, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former state representative who ran for both Congress and governor is now seeking to replace retiring state Sen. Fred Risser in the Wisconsin Senate. Kelda Roys announced Friday that she is running for the Senate seat representing the heart of Madison. Risser announced Thursday that...

FILE - In this June 14, 2011, file photo, state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, speaks in the Senate chamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Risser, 92, the nation's longest-serving legislator, announced Thursday, March 26, 2020, that he won't seek re-election. Risser has represented the Madison area in the Legislature for more than 60 years, making him the longest-serving legislator in state and national history. (M.P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin's longest-serving legislator says he will retire

Mar. 26, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser, the longest-serving legislator in the nation's history, said Thursday that he plans to retire. Risser, 92, announced that he won't seek re-election this fall. The Democrat has represented Madison in the Wisconsin Legislature for 64 years. He's the last...

In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 photo, Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth, middle right, speaks during a mock session  in the Joint Finance Committee Room, in Madison, Wis. The state Senate for the first time is piloting their emergency virtual session capabilities in case they need to convene outside of the building. Senate leadership stand-ins were using Skype and potentially other technology in the Joint Finance Committee Room to pilot the mock session. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin Legislature not ready to come back for virus

Mar. 25, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to understand what’s in the $2 trillion federal stimulus package before they take any action at the state level in reaction to the coronavirus, and that they're considering temporarily waiving the...

Republicans accuse Evers of causing confusion with order

Mar. 23, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Wisconsin's Republican legislative leaders accused Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of spreading confusion, anxiety and uncertainty with plans to issue an order closing all nonessential businesses and urging...

GOP seeks to toss Democratic Wisconsin election lawsuit

Mar. 20, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin asked a federal judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Democrats that seeks to loosen the state's election laws for the upcoming April 7 presidential primary to deal with problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The state and...