Speed and Secrecy: The Last Act

The League of Women Voters Celebrates Wisconsin Win for Democracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          Contact: Erin Grunze, Executive Director, LWVWI

March 21, 2019       608-256-0827;

Judge Blocks Unconstitutional Lame-Duck Session Laws

Wisconsin LWV Statement on Signing of Lame Duck Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 14, 2018

Phone: (608) 256-0827

Contact: Erin Grunze, Executive Director

608-256-0827;

Statement on the Governor’s Signing of Extraordinary Session Bills

A Long Day's Journey Into Night

Madison Capitol at Night

As Wisconsinites, we have grown used to odd political moves, late-night sessions, and closed-door policymaking. But the events of last night and the early morning are stunning. 

Lame Duck Session - where we stand

Wisconsin State Senate Floor Session

The Senate, after several hours of recess, has come back into session. Earlier in the day the Senate voted along party lines to approve 82 appointments that suddenly appeared on the floor. The Senate also voted to pass one of the three bills that remained, covering tax breaks to pass-through tax entities and funding for road construction in the state. This was considered the least controversial of the bills.

Live Streaming from the Capitol

WisEye Morning Minute: News Conference - Pre-JFC Public Hearing

Where we are now?   The Senate has amazingly re-convened after several hours, took up some amendments, at which point the Democrats decided to go into caucus to discuss the amendments. The BOTTOM video is the current live stream of the Senate session. There also apparently are plans for the Assembly to finally convene at 10 PM. 

Wisconsin LWV statement on Extraordinary Session Bills

December 3, 2018To: Joint Committee on FinanceRe: December 2018 Extraordinary Session BillsThe League of Women Voters of Wisconsin has long held that the legislature must beresponsible to the citizens. Our positions, which reflect careful grassroots research andconsensus, state that legislative leaders, committees, and members should represent the stateas a whole as well as their own districts.

Speed and Secrecy: The Last Act

Kathleen Vinehout

If you were a legislative leader in Wisconsin, and had an opportunity to pass new laws before your party’s governor left office, what would you do? What would you fix as your last act in power?

As I face my last Senate votes, I am working hard to understand what laws my Republican colleagues choose to pass before the new Democratic Governor takes office.