Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at potentially toxic chemicals

May. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin legislators are pushing to curtail the use of firefighting foams that contain potentially toxic chemicals and establish standards that limit how much of the substances can safely exist in the state's groundwater, air and soil. Firefighting foam can contain...

Budget panel approves $500M more for Wisconsin schools

May. 23, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's K-12 schools would receive $500 million over the next two years, including nearly $100 million more for special education, under a Republican funding plan approved Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee. The deal puts the Republican-controlled Legislature at odds...

The Latest: Committee approves $500 million more for schools

May. 23, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin budget (all times local): 2:27 p.m. The Republican-controlled Legislature's budget committee has approved increasing funding for Wisconsin's K-12 schools by $500 million over two years. Democrats and Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that is not enough. Evers...

Lawmaker accused of showing gun in Wisconsin Capitol office

May. 23, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker allegedly displayed his holstered gun in a Democratic legislator's Wisconsin Capitol office earlier this year. Democratic Rep. Sheila Stubbs' aide, Savion Castro, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Republican Rep. Shae Sortwell came into Stubbs' Capitol...

The Latest: Democrats want fire foam pollution standards

May. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on legislation to limit pollution from fire-fighting foam (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A group of Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill that calls for the state Department of Natural Resources to establish standards and monitoring requirements for pollution from...

Evers vows to veto GOP anti-abortion bills

May. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he'll veto four Republican-authored anti-abortion bills if they reach his desk. The bills would force doctors to care for babies that survive abortions; end Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding; prohibit abortions based on fetuses' race, sex or defects;...

GOP approves $37m in pay raises for prison workers

May. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee signed off on a Republican plan Tuesday that would give prison workers nearly $37 million in raises in an effort to retain and recruit more guards. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' state budget had earmarked about $23.7 million for prison...

Republicans, Gov. Evers spar over working with women

May. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' spokeswoman accused Republican legislative leaders Saturday of refusing to work with the governor's chief of staff because she is a woman, leading the GOP lawmakers to call the charge "asinine" and "clueless." The back and forth came after Assembly Speaker...

Johnson says abortion issue should be left up to states

May. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Saturday he doesn't support a federal law mirroring Alabama's effort to ban most abortions. Johnson has proposed a nationwide ban on abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, which would be in line with Wisconsin law. The Supreme Court's...

The Latest: Johnson says Biden is biggest GOP threat

May. 18, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican Party convention (all times local): 12:28 p.m. Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says Joe Biden poses the greatest threat to President Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Johnson gave his assessment of the large Democratic presidential field at a news...