As the nation grieves for the victims of another deadly school shooting, state lawmakers around the country are taking a step back and examining their own legislative safeguards against similar tragedies.
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In a special session called by Gov. Scott Walker, the state Assembly passed a series of reforms to the state’s welfare system, adding work requirements, drug testing, and asset value limitations to various social programs.
Public employees in Wisconsin could face an uphill climb when seeking abortion services under a new bill advanced by state Republicans this week.
Wisconsinites who have consumed marijuana in the past few months may have an easier time obtaining jobs under a bill sponsored by a Democratic lawmaker.
As new bill attempts to overhaul juvenile justice system, what you need to know about the Lincoln Hills controversy
After months of outrage over abuse allegations, lawmakers may finally close the controversial Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center, should a new bill pass.
A bipartisan bill named in honor of a late UW-Madison professor, which would reform the university’s research contract practices, unanimously passed the Assembly this week.
A new bill would provide grant money to out-of-staters who settle down in Wisconsin after graduation in an attempt to address the state’s hemorrhaging labor force.
Foster children throughout the state would go to UW schools for free under a newly passed Assembly bill.
As addiction struggles sweep the region, lawmakers consider expanding veteran mental health services statewide in light of controversies surrounding opioid prescription practices.
Tim Burns, Rebecca Dallet, and Michael Screnock trade criticisms of their rivals’ political and judicial philosophies leading up to next Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary.
Wisconsin has fewer public employees, working for less pay than in most states, according to the Wisconsin Budget Project.Wisconsin spent 7.6 percent less than the national average on public payrolls in the last fiscal year and is ranked 36th among the 50 states for the number of public employees per population.
Overdose deaths as the result of prescription opioid use rose 600 percent in Wisconsin from 2000 to 2016, according to the Department of Health Services.However, UW-Madison researchers think they have developed a program to curb overdose-related deaths in the state by laying out guidelines for when and how doctors should prescribe opioids.“Reducing the overall supply (of opioids) is important from the population health perspective,” Dr. Randall Brown, an associate professor of family medicine, told the Wisconsin State Journal.The program includes mental health screening to identify and properly treat patients who may be at a higher risk for opioid addiction as a result of conditions such as depression and yearly urine tests.
Gov. Scott Walker spoke to students at the College Republicans spring kick-off event, intending to mobilize young conservatives in the midst of a potentially difficult state election cycle.
As state Republicans hope to standardize wage and benefit laws across Wisconsin, Democrats are pushing to give more power to localities.
The state Assembly will likely vote to pass a bill to remove protections for wetlands, marking a win for GOP lawmakers in the continued battle between conservationists and business interests.
Walker proposes a tax incentive package to a fleeing company to keep manufacturing jobs in Northern Wisconsin.
The Perkins Loan Program, which provided $25.4 million in low-interest loans to UW System students, has expired, with seemingly little hope of congressional renewal in sight.The program offered unique financial services to students, offering a comparably low interest rate of five percent and a nine-month grace period after graduation before payments begin, all without requiring any annual funding, as all loans given are provided by those already paid back.“Eliminating this program, to put it clearly, will affect who can and cannot go to college,” said Nick Webber, government relations director for the UW System Student Representatives.
The Madison Common Council will vote Tuesday to override the mayor’s three vetoes related to an ordinance change that will allow businesses to drop off alcohol to customer’s cars.
State Rep. Melissa Sargent introduced legislation to abolish state taxes on menstrual products and provide them free of charge in government buildings.
State Rep. Terese Berceau has announced she will not seek reelection after twenty years in the Assembly, setting up a potentially contentious Democratic primary in Madison.