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  • GOP to defendants: Don't spit on the prosecutor 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 12:06 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg was delivering his closing argument in the prosecution of a man accused of spitting on prison guards when he heard a crumpling noise behind him. Moments later, a wad of paper hit his shoulder - filled with the inmate's saliva.

  • Johnson: Jobs, health care as important as terror fight 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:16 pm

    MILWAUKEE - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson framed his re-election campaign as a matter of security - both military and economic - at a town hall meeting Friday, saying jobs and health care demand the same attention as the fight against terror.

  • Walker to sign bill legalizing concealed switchblades 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:46 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign a bill that would allow people to carry concealed switchblades and knives.

  • Legislative committee pulls amendment limiting school taxes 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 10:37 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - An Assembly committee has postponed a vote on a plan to limit school districts' taxing authority to offset lost state aide when voucher students leave.

  • Lawmaker aims to ban late-night budget votes 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 7:09 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature last year passed the state budget in the middle of the night, a practice Democratic Rep. Beth Meyers of Bayfield wants to halt.

  • Finance committee OKs dementia bills 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:32 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers moved closer Thursday to passing a bipartisan package of legislation to help people cope with Alzheimer's disease and dementia after the Legislature's budget committee signed off on the last half of the proposals.

  • Elections committee backs bill limiting local photo IDs 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 5:46 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin's Senate elections committee backed a bill Wednesday that would hinder efforts in Milwaukee to provide local photo IDs to the homeless and immigrants in the country illegally.

  • Electronic voter registration bill clears election committee 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 5:41 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin residents would be able to register to vote online under a bill that passed the Senate's elections committee Wednesday along party lines.

  • DNR had 161 high-cap well applications as of December 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 5:25 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say they had more than 150 applications for high-capacity water wells pending as of December.

  • Committee fails to endorse GOP child abuse reporting bill 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 5:42 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A Wisconsin Assembly panel deadlocked on legislation Tuesday that would require doctors and nurses to report to child protective services when they learn one of their child patients is sexually active, a rare instance of Republicans failing to pass one of their own bills at the last minute.

  • Wisconsin lawmakers want to address Amish safety on roads 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 1:40 pm

    HANSEN, Wisconsin - Amish safety on Wisconsin roads needs to be addressed in the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes, according to a state lawmaker.

  • Wisconsin DNR to work on rules for overnight tree stands 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 2:03 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Department of Natural Resources will soon start work on new rules allowing Wisconsin hunters to leave tree stands and ground blinds on agency-managed lands overnight.

  • Committee OKs bill expanding library powers 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 3:55 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Beware, overdue book borrowers. Wisconsin lawmakers are thinking about sending out the library police.

  • Wisconsin lawmaker proposes organ donation leave of absence 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 12:10 pm

    MILWAUKEE - A state senator whose husband died while waiting for a transplant is proposing legislation requiring Wisconsin employers to allow unpaid leave for donating an organ.

  • Republican introduces bill to legalize fantasy sports 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 4:59 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Big-time online fantasy sports sites could operate legally in Wisconsin if their founders pay the state thousands of dollars in registration fees under a bill a Republican lawmaker introduced Monday.

  • Wisconsin bill would give amnesty to sexual assault victims 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 3:35 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin legislators are proposing a bill that would ensure sexual assault victims and others who report such crimes can't be cited or disciplined for underage drinking.

  • Democrats propose bill to pay for college 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 12:32 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Democratic legislators are proposing a bill that would give Wisconsin public college students grants to cover living expenses, tuition, student fees and textbooks.

  • Legislators seek $5,000 fine for flying drones over prisons 
    Updated: Jan-24-16 10:25 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislators are pushing a bill aimed at preventing drone operators from flying contraband into Wisconsin prisons like they have in other states.

  • Wisconsin Senate passes Planned Parenthood funding cut 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 11:24 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Republicans took another step Wednesday in their push to defund Planned Parenthood, with the state Senate passing two bills that would cost the organization millions of dollars every year.

  • Wisconsin rep plans legislation after taunting controversy 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 8:14 pm

    MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin lawmaker and the head of the state's high school athletics association plan to meet following guidelines instructing administrators to step in if fans boo or jeer rivals with chants such as "air ball" or "season's over."

  • Wisconsin Senate approves anti-heroin bills 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 7:16 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Senate has signed off on a package of bills that would crack down on tracking prescription drugs as way to combat heroin abuse.

  • Wisconsin Senate OKs eliminating state treasurer 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 6:59 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Senate has approved a constitutional amendment eliminating Wisconsin's all-but powerless treasurer position.

  • Residents pack hearing on sanctuary cities bill 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 2:13 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin residents are packing a hearing Wednesday to speak against a bill aimed at preventing sanctuary cities for immigrants living in the country illegally.

  • Walker promises to help people find jobs, bolster education 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 2:50 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker promised during his State of the State speech to help more people find work and attain college degrees faster as he works to bolster approval ratings that sank after his failed presidential bid.

  • Democrats talk agenda ahead of Scott Walker's State of State 
    Updated: Jan-18-16 4:43 pm

    MILWAUKEE - Democratic legislative leaders said Monday that they want to hear bold plans from Gov. Scott Walker on strengthening the middle class and improving the state's infrastructure during his upcoming State of the State address.