Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Wisconsin Republicans to send election bills to governor

Jun. 22, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly planned to send bills to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday that would limit opportunities for absentee voting, make it more difficult for the elderly and disabled to cast absentee ballots, and prohibit officials from filling in missing...

Drivers could get learner's permit at age 15 under bill

Jun. 22, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New drivers in Wisconsin could get their learner's permit six months earlier than is allowed currently under a bill up for final approval Tuesday in the Assembly. The bill up for a vote Tuesday would allow for a driver to get their instructional...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on penalty for defunding police

Jun. 22, 2021 02:15 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to give final approval Tuesday to a Republican-backed bill that would penalize local governments that attempt to defund police. The bill, which the Senate passed earlier this month, is expected to be vetoed by Gov....

Wisconsin bills target milk, meat and dairy labeling

Jun. 21, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vegetarian and vegan foods sold in Wisconsin could not be labeled as meat, milk or dairy if they don’t contain those products, under bills up for votes Tuesday in the state Assembly. The “truth in labeling” measures are supported by the...

Wisconsin school leaders blast Republican K-12 spending plan

Jun. 21, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Superintendents, school board members and other education leaders on Monday demanded that Republican lawmakers devote more state aid to Wisconsin schools even though the federal government is set to pump billions in pandemic relief dollars to Wisconsin districts. ...

Evers vetoes bill increasing eligibility for voucher program

Jun. 18, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a bill that would have opened the door to more children going to private school using a voucher paid for by taxpayers. The bill Evers vetoed would have raised the income eligibility for the voucher program to three...

Highlights of Republican-authored Wisconsin state budget

Jun. 17, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee completed its work Thursday on the state's next two-year spending plan, paving the way for the Senate and Assembly to vote on it later this month. Here are some highlights of the budget as...

Wisconsin Republicans insert $3.3 billion tax cut in budget

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans wrapped up revisions on the 2021-23 state budget Thursday night by leaning on unprecedented revenue projections to build a roughly $3.3 billion tax cut into the spending plan. Lawmakers learned last week the state is projected...

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...