Latest Wisconsin state government News

Evers promises to sign police bills, calls for more

Jun. 16, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers promised to sign bills banning chokeholds and making other policing changes passed by the state Assembly on Wednesday, while also calling on lawmakers to go farther to make law enforcement more accountable and transparent. Evers said...

Wisconsin Assembly passes local redistricting delay

Jun. 16, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Redistricting of local political boundary lines in Wisconsin would be delayed a year or more under a bill backed by Republicans and local governments that the state Assembly passed Wednesday. Under the proposal, county board and local aldermanic...

Wisconsin Assembly forbids requiring virus vaccination proof

Jun. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit businesses, colleges and universities, governments and anyone else in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The measure banning so-called...

Wisconsin Assembly approves transgender sports bans

Jun. 16, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday passed bills banning transgender athletes from participating in girls' and women's sports — measures taken up in the middle of Pride month and all but certain to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. ...

Wisconsin justices order new trial in brother-in-law's death

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his brother-in-law after he allegedly discovered child pornography on his computer deserves a new trial because a jury could decide he acted in self-defense, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The justices...

Penterman has slight lead in state Assembly primary

Jun. 16, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican William Penterman holds a slight lead in a special election primary for the right to run for an open state Assembly seat, according to preliminary results. Penterman, a U.S. Army Reserve member, holds a 16-vote lead in southeastern...

Republicans propose $125 million more for broadband

Jun. 15, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The effort to expand broadband internet to underserved rural areas in Wisconsin would get a $125 million boost under a provision approved Tuesday by the Republican-controlled budget committee, about $75 million less in state funding than Democratic Gov. Tony Evers...

Heads of Wisconsin's largest school districts 'dismayed'

Jun. 15, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The superintendents of Wisconsin's five largest school districts told members of the Legislature on Tuesday that they're “dismayed” that $2.3 billion in federal aid is at risk because of low funding for K-12 schools. Superintendents of the...

8 Republicans face off in Assembly special election primary

Jun. 15, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eight Republicans are facing off in a special election primary for the right to run for an open state Assembly seat. Steve Kauffeld, Spencer Zimmerman, Jenifer Quimby, Nick Krueger, Cathy Ann Houchin, Nathan Pollnow, Jennifer Meinhardt and William...

Kaul to seek permission to drop multistate abortion lawsuit

Jun. 15, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul will try to persuade Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee on Thursday to let him join a multistate decision to drop a lawsuit challenging Trump administration obstacles to abortion. Twenty...