Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Wisconsin Republicans pushing broader birth control access

Aug. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin found themselves in the unusual position Wednesday of breaking with anti-abortion groups and advocating for a bill that broadens birth control access, an area where Democrats typically lead. Republicans could undermine a key Democratic campaign issue...

Wisconsin Republicans sue Democratic attorney general

Aug. 2, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers are suing the Democratic attorney general, arguing that he's not complying with laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session in December that limited his and the incoming governor's powers shortly before they took office. Republicans who...

Wisconsin Assembly speaker denies paralyzed lawmaker request

Aug. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told a paralyzed Democratic state representative in a letter Thursday that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos sent Rep....

Wisconsin GOP: Rewrite constitution to limit governor's veto

Jul. 9, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans want to rewrite the state constitution to prohibit the governor from using his veto pen to increase spending without legislative approval, marking another skirmish in the GOP's battle to diminish Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives...

Wisconsin passes budget after Tesla proviso woos key senator

Jun. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans passed a state budget Wednesday after winning a key legislator's support with a provision to allow Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, who sells rebuilt Tesla vehicles and parts. Sen. Chris Kapenga, a self-described...

Democrats look to other lawsuits to block GOP lame-duck laws

Jun. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats trying to undo laws passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session just before Gov. Scott Walker left office are putting their hopes behind a federal court challenge following a resounding legal defeat Friday. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court,...

The Latest: Wisconsin governor bemoans lame-duck court loss

Jun. 21, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to uphold state laws introduced in a lame-duck session in December (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is bemoaning a state Supreme Court ruling in favor of Republicans who held a lame-duck legislative session last...

Republicans urge Wisconsin governor to sign abortion bills

Jun. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers and abortion opponents on Thursday called on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to sign four abortion bills he has promised to veto, holding a rally just a few feet outside of his Capitol office. Abortion-rights advocates dressed as characters from the dystopian...