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Stories with organization: Wisconsin State Legislature
  • Civil service bill supporters say it will strengthen system 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:29 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - State workers testified Tuesday against a Republican-backed bill that would make it easier to hire and fire public employees, saying the proposed overhaul of Wisconsin's 110-year-old civil service system would lead to political patronage and cronyism.

  • Schimel, GOP legislators introduce child abuse legislation 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 1:41 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and a group of Republican legislators began a push Tuesday to crack down on child abusers with a package of bills that would make repeated abuse a formal crime and expand reporting requirements.

  • Legislators propose raising conviction cap to $1 million 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 5:35 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is moving to dramatically restructure compensation rules for people wrongly convicted in Wisconsin, introducing a bill Thursday that would raise the maximum payout from $25,000 to $1 million and remove exonerees' cases from the state's public court database.

  • Legislative task force begins study of urban education 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 7:32 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Attracting and retaining teachers would be easier if Wisconsin policymakers created a more stable environment, the superintendent of Madison public schools told a legislative task force studying the issue Tuesday.

  • Duchow only candidate on ballot to fill Assembly seat 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 5:01 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican Cindi Duchow is the only candidate on the ballot to fill a vacant seat in the Wisconsin state Assembly.

  • Assembly passes bill stripping Planned Parenthood money 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 6:15 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would take away $3.5 million of federal funding for Planned Parenthood despite objections from Democrats who said it would limit access to women's health care services in Wisconsin.

  • Things to know about Wisconsin GOP's fetal tissue ban bill 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 4:24 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Republicans moved forward with a bill that would outlaw research on tissue from aborted fetuses, holding another public hearing on the measure Tuesday even though lawmakers have yet to announce a compromise that would win the votes to get the proposal through both the state Assembly and Senate. Here are things to know about the measure:

  • New home-school sports law benefits legislator's nephew 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 2:00 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The author of a new Wisconsin law that allows home-schooled children to play sports for public school teams has a young relative benefiting from the legislation.

  • Lawmakers want to keep kids in rear-facing seats until age 2 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 1:06 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill that would require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until they're two years old.

  • Assembly panel approves bills targeting Planned Parenthood 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 12:32 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A proposal that attempts to prevent Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin from qualifying for federal grant money has cleared a committee and could be debated by the full Wisconsin state Assembly as soon as next week.

  • Wisconsin Legislature to focus on elections reform, abortion 
    Updated: Sep-13-15 1:49 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Republicans are getting ready to launch their fall legislative agenda with bills that would defund Planned Parenthood, block prosecutors from using secret investigative techniques against politicians and restructure the state elections board.

  • Wisconsin legislative leaders reach agreement on John Doe 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 1:32 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican leaders say the Wisconsin Legislature will vote next month on a bill prohibiting the use of secret John Doe investigations into political crimes.

  • Wisconsin lawmaker seeks to change state's sex offender law 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 11:43 am

    GREEN BAY, Wisconsin - A Wisconsin lawmaker has proposed a change in state law that would end the ability of the state's municipalities to set their own local rules on sex offender residency.

  • Wisconsin lawmaker readies quartet of anti-heroin measures 
    Updated: Sep-08-15 6:35 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A Republican lawmaker whose daughter has struggled with a heroin addiction announced Tuesday he plans to introduce another round of legislation focusing on opiate prescriptions that can lead to heroin abuse.

  • Vos exploring changing records law for Legislature only 
    Updated: Sep-08-15 3:25 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Newly released records show that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is exploring the idea of treating the Legislature differently than other government bodies in Wisconsin when it comes to handling open records.