Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Republicans say charges against refugees raise concerns

Sep. 23, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans on Thursday reiterated their concerns about the vetting of Afghan refugees being housed at an Army post in the state, after two Afghan men were charged with crimes there. The criticism from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and others in...

Wisconsin GOP redistricting resolution draws Democratic ire

Sep. 23, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A resolution from Wisconsin Republicans calling for new political boundary lines to adhere as closely as possible to existing congressional and legislative districts drew criticism Thursday from Democrats, who have long argued that the existing maps are gerrymandered...

Kaul slams GOP election investigation, calls for gun laws

Sep. 23, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday accused Republicans of chasing conspiracy theories with a $680,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election instead of passing gun control measures polls have shown have broad public support. ...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bill banning race theory

Sep. 23, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote next week on a Republican bill that would prohibit public schools from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias. A Republican-controlled Assembly committee...

Evers, Democrats revive plan to kill personal property tax

Sep. 23, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers and legislative Democrats are reviving an attempt to eliminate a property tax paid by businesses that Republicans have long supported getting rid of. Numerous exemptions have been allowed under the law over the...

Wisconsin lawmaker Jacque out of hospital after COVID-19

Sep. 21, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state Sen. Andre Jacque was discharged Tuesday after a five-week hospital stay that included being intubated and placed on a ventilator due to pneumonia after contracting COVID-19. “Sen. Jacque is doing much better,” his spokesman Matt...

Federal court allows Wisconsin redistricting case to proceed

Sep. 16, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A three-judge panel of federal judges on Thursday denied a request by Republicans to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats, a move that keeps the case alive while the GOP-controlled Legislature wants the battle to instead be fought in state courts. ...

Wisconsin GOP leaders pressured to sign election subpoenas

Sep. 10, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — About 100 people who believe ongoing Republican-ordered investigations into the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin aren't broad enough pressured the state's GOP legislative leadership on Friday to approve a more expansive review. President Joe...

Wisconsin election investigator demands state preserve data

Sep. 09, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice leading Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' investigation of the November elections asked state officials Thursday to ensure that all records related to the election are preserved and to inform him of any evidence that's been...

Republican Kleefisch enters Wisconsin governor's race

Sep. 09, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

BUTLER, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch launched her campaign for governor on Thursday by likening herself to former President Donald Trump and deriding the Democratic incumbent as a weak failure. The Republican told a couple hundred supporters...