Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Ricketts creates credential system for media covering events

Apr. 19, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — News outlets that want to attend Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts' press conferences will have to answer detailed questions about their business model and submit a notarized letter from a manager before they'll be given access to ask questions under a new policy the governor's...

New Wisconsin Senate leader acknowledges 'rocky start'

Apr. 15, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate's new majority leader acknowledged Thursday that he got off to a “rocky” start after he ran afoul of Assembly Republicans on a COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year. Senate Republicans elected Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg as...

Wisconsin Senate approves Republican election changes

Apr. 14, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate moved Wednesday to change state elections based largely on false claims that the November election was tainted, passing bills that would make interfering with election observers a crime and barring polling officials from...

Senate OKs Republican COVID package despite veto threat

Apr. 14, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the state Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a set of bills that would wrest control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and hand it to the GOP. The state is in line to receive...

Assembly OKs Republican COVID spending plan; Evers vows veto

Apr. 13, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans took another step Tuesday toward ripping control of billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, passing a package of bills that would divvy out the money according to GOP priorities. The state...

Wisconsin Assembly OKs genocide education bill

Apr. 13, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly approved a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would require schools to include instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides. Under the proposal, public schools, charter schools and private voucher schools would have to include...

Bill would let AG file lawsuits over civil rights violations

Apr. 08, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers introducing a bill Thursday that would allow Wisconsin’s attorney general to file lawsuits over civil rights violations. Wisconsin attorneys general and district attorneys currently lack the authority to bring civil...

GOP plans for spending federal stimulus may not be allowed

Apr. 07, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The majority of Wisconsin Republicans' plans for spending $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money either may not be allowed under the law or might have to be repaid, according to nonpartisan analyses of the bills that are moving quickly through the Legislature. ...

GOP lawmakers quiz Wisconsin school chief over virus, aid

Apr. 07, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee questioned the state superintendent of schools on Tuesday about when schools will fully reopen to all students in person and whether more than $2.2 billion in federally allocated money is going to the...

Democrat Lasry raises more than $1 million for Senate bid

Apr. 01, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry said Thursday that his campaign had raised more than $1 million since he got in the race in mid-February. Lasry is running for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who has...