Wisconsin state legislature

Politics & Government
1:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Jobs, Benefits Fraud Top Assembly GOP Agenda For Next Year

Republicans say they'll have a busy agenda when lawmakers return to Madison in January.
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November’s election will determine whether Republicans retain control of the Wisconsin Legislature. The GOP Assembly leader says he wants to hit the ground running.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Reasons Vary as Many Lawmakers Depart State Office

It looks like there will be a lot of new faces in the state Legislature in 2015.
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A slew of people have announced plans to retire from the state Legislature.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Some Bills Won't Make It as Wisconsin's Legislature Winds Down

The State Capitol will be busy this week as lawmakers pass a flurry of bills in the final days of the Legislature.
Credit Justin Kern

As the Legislature heads into the final days of its two-year session, both houses appear poised to pass Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to cut property and income taxes, along with bills to tighten voting rules.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

State Lawmakers Push to Change Redistricting Process

A public meeting will be held Monday in Madison on the state's redistricting process.
Credit Justin Kern

Redistricting has become a hot topic across the country. Two Wisconsin legislators will talk about the issue Monday at the state Capitol.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

GOP Has Change of Heart Over Milwaukee Police ShotSpotter Funding

Milwaukee Police Department's ShotSpotter Rapid Response Unit
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Last year, state Republican leaders cut nearly a half million dollars from the Milwaukee Police Department's ShotSpotter program. Now, they would like to restore some of it.

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Politics & Government
11:38 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Lawmakers Call For Measure Allowing Seven Day Work Week

Credit Justin Kern

Two Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill that would allow manufacturing and retail employees to work seven days per week.

Current state law requires employers to give factory and retail workers at last 24 hours of rest every seven days.

Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and state Rep. Mark Born of Beaver Dam are sponsoring the measure.

They say federal law doesn't impose limits on consecutive work days, as long as overtime and minimum wage requirements are met.

Opponents say the bill essentially eliminates the weekend.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Last Chance For Wisconsin Legislature to Boost Job Numbers Before Election

The state legislature is heading into the final weeks of the two-year session.
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The Legislature has only a few more weeks to help Gov. Scott Walker meet his campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Division Over Charter School Expansion in Wisconsin

An Assembly committee Thursday held a public hearing on a bill that would expand independent charter schools statewide.
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Charters are public schools operated by private businesses or non-profits. They operate independently and have greater flexibility than traditional public schools.

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Felony for Families that Harbor Suspects

A state lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members to harbor criminal suspects.
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A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members of criminal suspects to help their relatives.

Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon is circulating a bill for signatures.  He wants to make it a felony for anyone, including family, to help or hide a fugitive or destroy evidence in cases of the most serious crimes. 

A hearing is possible later this summer.  Different versions of the bill have repeatedly failed in past sessions.

A dozen other states make exceptions for family harboring relatives.  However, Wisconsin law exempts more relatives.

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