2015/2017 Wisconsin Legislature

Wonder how the State Legislature works? Have an interest in something the State Legislature is doing?

outline of Wisconsin (map)The Wisconsin Library Association’s Government Information Round Table has posted a blog entry that provides basic information about the new biennial session of the Wisconsin Legislature, which kicked off on January 5th.

The blog entry links to information about State officers and elected officials, the legislative process in Wisconsin, and the work of the state agencies that exist to support the work of the legislators. Especially interesting is the 2015-16 Wisconsin Legislator Briefing Book, which provides background on policy areas and the budget process for State legislators.

There also are web sites that help you keep tabs on what the Legislature is doing, e.g., WisconsinEye uses “robotic cameras in the Capitol [to] produce gavel-to-gavel, unedited coverage of state proceedings” and also covers “community affairs and public policy discussions across the state,” according to its web site. The Wisconsin Legislature‘s own web site provides a link to A citizen’s guide to participation in the Wisconsin State Legislature, which talks about testifying at public hearings and finding legislative documents. You can create a free account to receive email notification when particular legislative activity (identified by bill numbers, keywords, committees, authors, or Administrative Code notices) occurs with the Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service. The Legislature also posts a schedule of committee activities.

Please ask a librarian for additional assistance in finding information by and about the Wisconsin State Legislature.

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About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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