Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Republican says rape kit testing bill will pass Legislature

Dec. 3, 2019 5:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan bill with broad support designed to prevent future backlogs in testing of evidence collected following a sexual assault will likely pass the Legislature sometime next year, a key Republican lawmaker said Tuesday after Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and advocates...

Trump impeachment drive has similarities to Wisconsin recall

Nov. 29, 2019 6:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divisive leader drove the opposition to extreme measures. The political climate was toxic — with little civil debate or middle ground. The clash ended in a high-risk political showdown that captured the nation’s attention and shaped the next election. This was the 2012...

Democrats want more diaper-changing stations

Nov. 26, 2019 12:12 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers want more diaper-changing stations in Wisconsin. Reps. Jonathan Brostoff and David Crowley along with Sen. Chris Larson have introduced a bill that would require public and commercial buildings built or renovated after the bill becomes law to have diaper-changing...

Bipartisan Wisconsin Assembly delegation visits Israel

Nov. 25, 2019 3:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Wisconsin Assembly lawmakers has completed a visit to Israel. The eight-day trip which concluded Monday was organized by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the trip allowed for an exchange of ideas and educational...

Wisconsin lawmakers seek to legalize marijuana amid concerns

Nov. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin and other states eye possible legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use, many effects of using cannabis are still not fully understood. But one thing is certain: Scientists advise against use by young people over concerns of negatively impacting their brain...

Correction: Nurse Training-Veto story

Nov. 21, 2019 10:51 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Nov. 20 about Wisconsin’s governor vetoing a Republican-backed bill, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the bill would have reduced the number of training hours that nurses would have to complete. It would have reduced the number of training hours that...

Evers vetoes honorary highway, bridge naming criteria bill

Nov. 19, 2019 3:45 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bipartisan bill that set criteria for honorary highway and bridge designations. Evers says he vetoed the measure Tuesday because he objects to limiting the ability to commemorate those who have made significant contributions or sacrifices for the people of...

Evers: No ‘immediate’ plans for another gun special session

Nov. 18, 2019 11:09 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It doesn’t look like Gov. Tony Evers is going to call another special legislative session on gun control anytime soon. Evers told reporters at a news conference Monday that he has no immediate plans to call another special session but he’s keeping the option open for the...

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...