Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

Assembly refuses to consider drunken driving bill

Nov. 12, 2019 5:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has refused to concur with a bill that would stiffen penalties for repeat drunken drivers. The bill would increase the minimum time in prison for a 5th or 6th offense from six months to 18 months. Prison officials estimate the change would generate $13.6 million in...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill helping hemp industry

Nov. 12, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill intended to help the state's industrial hemp industry as the program enters its second year. The bill would align the state's program with new requirements under the 2018 federal farm bill, while also allowing Wisconsin to retain control. The...

Appeals court says GOP can't join Wisconsin abortion lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 11:05 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court ruling that Republican state lawmakers can't intervene in a Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenging certain Wisconsin abortion restrictions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Thursday's ruling from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals...

Wisconsin GOP dodges governor's call for gun control bills

Nov. 7, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans dodged the Democratic governor's call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session that ended as soon as it began Thursday, brushing aside advocates' demands to take action before more people die. Gov. Tony Evers, the state attorney general, gun...

The Latest: Evers faults Republicans for punting on guns

Nov. 7, 2019 10:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Legislature's special session on gun control (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Gov. Tony Evers says Republicans in the Legislature just told a majority of Wisconsin residents to "go jump in a lake" by not voting on a pair of gun control measures. The Senate and...

First Wisconsin veto override attempts in 9 years fail

Nov. 7, 2019 10:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's first veto override attempt s in nearly a decade failed Thursday, with no Democrats jumping ranks to provide Republicans with the votes they needed to succeed. Despite not having the votes, Assembly Republicans forced votes on three budget items that...

Wisconsin Assembly passes suicide prevention bills

Nov. 7, 2019 10:08 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a package of eight bills designed to prevent suicides. Democrats argued the measures passed Thursday aren't as effective as gun control measures they refused to debate, including one that would allow judges to confiscate guns from people determined to...

Assembly passes bill expanding birth control access

Nov. 7, 2019 6:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Assembly has passed a bill opposed by anti-abortion groups that would broaden birth control access. The bill approved Thursday with bipartisan support would allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraceptive patches and birth control pills to anyone...

Wisconsin Assembly passes wetland credits bill

Nov. 7, 2019 5:48 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has sent to Gov. Tony Evers a bill that would require developers to purchase wetland mitigation credits within the watershed they're changing. The Department of Natural Resources requires creation or preservation of other wetlands as a condition of an individual...