MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has signed a Republican bill that stiffens penalties for drunken drivers who kill someone.
The measure creates a mandatory minimum sentence of...
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Nov. 10
A very bad week for the Senate GOP
Below-freezing temperatures, with lows in the single digits, are predicted for early this week across...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican legislators are working on a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin's waiting period before divorcees can get married again.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans prepared Thursday to scrap Gov. Tony Evers' transportation budget and replace it with their own plan that would fund road work through a combination of...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans plan to kill some of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' signature proposals in the first vote of the budget-writing committee next week, including Medicaid expansion,...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposal to legalize medical marijuana and small amounts of recreational pot will not pass the Wisconsin Legislature, Republican leaders of the...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators criticized Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' state budget Wednesday as "irresponsible" as they began their first day of public deliberations on revisions to...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the leaders of the Legislature's budget-writing committee is signaling Republicans won't let Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul pull Wisconsin out of a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is again trying to pass a bill that would allow convicts to ask judges to expunge low-level crimes from their records, drawing criticism from open government advocates who fear the proposal would seal too much information from the public.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Republican legislators are continuing their quest to crack down on drunken driving, reintroducing bills Thursday that would make a first offense a crime and impose stiffer penalties on repeat offenders.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican leader in the Wisconsin Senate says support is "unanimous" among GOP senators for guaranteeing that people with pre-existing health conditions have access to health insurance.
Sen. Alberta Darling expressed confidence Tuesday after Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald last week seesawed on whether there votes for the idea.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee took a detour Thursday from Gov. Scott Walker's road-funding plan, directing more money toward local road projects amid criticism from Democrats who argued against spending anything more on the interstate near the massive Foxconn Technology Group project.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two influential Republican senators said Wednesday that a proposal the Assembly passed quickly that would allow a Georgia mining company to destroy wetlands containing rare hardwoods in western Wisconsin is dead.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on fate of bill benefiting mining company (all times local):
Two influential Republican senators say a proposal the Assembly quickly passed with little warning and no debate that would allow a Georgia mining company to destroy wetlands containing rare hardwoods in western Wisconsin is dead.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks his child tax rebate proposal is in "good shape" for final legislative approval, despite reservations voiced by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.
The Assembly passed the $100 pre-child tax credit last week. It must also pass the Senate unchanged before it goes to Walker.
The bill includes a sales tax holiday, which the Senate has previously rejected.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on juvenile justice overhaul bill (all times local):
A key Republican state senator says the juvenile justice overhaul bill that unanimously passed the Assembly could also clear the Senate with no opposition.
But Sen. Alberta Darling said Tuesday senators must feel like they are involved in the process, are comfortable with the $80 million cost of the bill and that the plan will reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Wisconsin Legislature (all times local):
One of the leaders of the Legislature's finance committee says Republicans are looking at options as they consider Gov. Scott Walker's plan to give parents a $100 per child tax credit.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Reactions to Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State speech Wednesday, in which he proposed a $100 per-child rebate and other priorities in advance of the November re-election:
Republican budget committee co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling:
"We will adopt Governor Walker's $100 child tax credit, sharing the 'reform dividend' with the hardworking families of the state."
Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's state budget is now projected to end with $138 million more than previously thought when it cleared the Legislature last year.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on Wednesday said the current two-year budget that ends on June 30, 2019, will end with a $385 million balance.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would require mammogram providers to notify women if they have dense breast tissue.
The bipartisan measure's supporters say that information will help them make better health choices since it's more difficult to detect cancerous tumors in women with dense breast tissue.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Competing proposals targeting fetal tissue research in Wisconsin are up for a public hearing in a state Senate committee.
But it's unclear whether either approach will have enough support to pass the Legislature this session.
The Senate judiciary committee planned to take testimony Thursday on the proposals. One would ban the use of aborted fetal tissue for research or any other purpose.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Women with dense breast tissue would have to be notified of that along with the results of their mammogram screenings under a bill circulating in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Supporters of the proposal said Wednesday it would help to empower women to make decisions about their health care. It is more difficult to detect cancerous tumors in women with dense breast tissue.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing on a Legislative Audit Bureau report on Gov. Scott Walker's job creation agency's performance (all times local):
Republicans on the Legislature's audit committee are defending Gov. Scott Walker's job creation agency in the face of a report that shows the troubled agency continues to struggle.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's budget-writing committee Tuesday night approved a road-funding plan that would borrow about $400 million, raise fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, further study toll roads for interstates in Wisconsin but not increase the gas tax.
The Joint Finance Committee deal, reached between Senate and Assembly Republicans but without Democratic support, came as the panel moves to complete its work on the $76 million budget that's two months late.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee finally resumed work on the stalled state budget Thursday after two months off, promising to wrap up revisions to the spending plan within the next two weeks.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Republicans who strongly opposed borrowing money to pay for Wisconsin's roads now back a plan to do just that by issuing $712 million in additional bonds, which has been a major obstacle to reaching a budget deal.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin state budget (all times local):
Wisconsin legislative leaders say they aren't worried about a $51 million hit to the state budget caused by fallout from income tax increases in Illinois.
Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren are co-chairs of the Legislature's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. They said Tuesday they expect the loss to Wisconsin to be temporary "as more and more companies are taxed out of Illinois."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There is no consensus among Republican senators about whether to pursue toll roads for Wisconsin's interstates, but they are leaning toward eliminating or phasing out a personal property tax that primarily affects businesses, the co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee said Thursday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State budget talks hit an impasse Monday, with Republicans who control the Legislature at odds over how much to spend on K-12 schools, how to pay for roads and whether to cut property taxes as much as Gov. Scott Walker wants.
The Legislature's budget-writing committee has no meetings scheduled and Senate Republican leaders are openly talking about passing their own separate two-year spending plan, a highly unusual move that would complicate and delay final approval.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's finance committee chose Thursday to preserve the state commission that decides workplace disputes, rejecting Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate it and have his administration issue labor rulings instead.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new council would be created to review the necessity of every occupational licensing requirement in Wisconsin under a bill being circulated for co-sponsors.
The measure unveiled Wednesday would require the submission of a report by the end of 2018 that recommends elimination of licenses and other changes rules and requirements. The Legislature in 2019 would then consider approving the recommendations.