Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Republicans, Gov. Evers spar over working with women

May. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman accused Republican legislative leaders Saturday of refusing to work with the governor's chief of staff because she is a woman, leading the GOP lawmakers to call the charge "asinine" and "clueless." The back and forth came after Assembly Speaker...

Johnson says abortion issue should be left up to states

May. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Saturday he doesn't support a federal law mirroring Alabama's effort to ban most abortions. Johnson has proposed a nationwide ban on abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, which would be in line with Wisconsin law. The Supreme Court's...

The Latest: Johnson says Biden is biggest GOP threat

May. 18, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican Party convention (all times local): 12:28 p.m. Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says Joe Biden poses the greatest threat to President Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Johnson gave his assessment of the large Democratic presidential field at a news...

Judges put deposition order for Assembly Speaker Vos on hold

May. 18, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A three-judge panel of federal judges has temporarily blocked a decision forcing Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to be questioned by attorneys representing Democratic voters in a federal redistricting lawsuit. Vos has appealed the lower court's decision to the 7th U.S....

Correction: Birth Control-Prescriptions story

May. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story May 14 about a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the bill sponsors, reported erroneously that Wisconsin law currently allows only doctors to prescribe hormonal birth control. Advanced...

Wisconsin budget panel approves technical college increase

May. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee approved more money for Wisconsin's technical colleges on Thursday, but fell $11 million short of what Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted to spend. The Joint Finance Committee is working on making changes to Evers' budget...

The Latest: Budget panel approves tech college increase

May. 16, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin budget (all times local): 2:29 p.m. Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee have approved more money for Wisconsin's technical colleges, but fell $11 million short of how much Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted. The Joint Finance Committee is...

Kidnap victim Jayme Closs honored by Wisconsin Assembly

May. 15, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 13-year-old teenager who was held prisoner in a Wisconsin cabin for three months before escaping her abductor is being honored by state lawmakers as a "hometown hero." Jayme Closs appeared with family members and friends to receive her honor in the Assembly chamber on Wednesday. It...

Supreme Court conservatives attack lame-duck arguments

May. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court attacked liberal groups' claims Wednesday that Republican legislators met illegally when they passed laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers during a lame-duck session last year,...

Wisconsin Assembly approves 'born alive' anti-abortion bill

May. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed a so-called born alive anti-abortion bill Wednesday that President Donald Trump has touted, a move that comes as conservatives across the country push to end the constitutional right to abortion. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has promised to veto the measure,...