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The Wisconsin State Legislature has ten standing committees:
 
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* [[Audit Committee, Wisconsin Legislature]]
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* [[Audit Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
* [[Employment Relations Committee, Wisconsin Legislature]]
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* [[Joint Finance Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
 
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* [[Information Policy and Technology Committee, Wisconsin Legislature]]
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* [[Information Policy and Technology Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
* [[Joint Legislative Council Committee, Wisconsin Legislature]]
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* [[Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties, Wisconsin Legislature]]
 
* [[Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties, Wisconsin Legislature]]
* [[Legislative Organization Committee, Wisconsin Legislature]]
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* [[Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
 
* [[Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
* [[Tax Exemptions Committee, Wisconsin Legislature]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==

Revision as of 13:17, 18 February 2011

The Wisconsin State Legislature is the state legislature of Wisconsin. It is a bicameral legislature composed of the lower Wisconsin State Assembly and the upper Wisconsin State Senate. It is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sessions

Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution contains provisions related to the meeting of the Legislature. Section 11 of Article IV states that the times for regular sessions are to be provided by law. Session times and dates are established by calendar, which is voted on at the begginning of each two year session. Section 11 also states that the Governor of Wisconsin has the power to call the Legislature into special session.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Legislature will be in session from January 11 through a date to be determined by the Legislature. [1]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the Legislature convened its legislative session on January 19, and it ended its last scheduled floor-period on April 22. [2][3]

Senate

Interior shot of a dome inside the State Capitol building in Madison where the Wisconsin State Legislature meets.

The Wisconsin State Senate is the upper house of the Wisconsin State Legislature. Together, they comprise the legislative branch of the state of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Constitution ties the size of the State Senate to that of the State Assembly, by limiting its size to no less than 1/4, nor more than 1/3, of the size of the Assembly. Currently, Wisconsin is divided into 33 Senate Districts (1/3 of the current Assembly membership of 99) apportioned amongst the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 33 senators. Each member represents an average of 54,179 residents, as of the 2000 Census.[4] Similar to the U.S. Senate, in addition to its duty of passing all legislation passed through the legislature, the State Senate has the exclusive responsibility of confirming certain governor's appointments, particularly cabinet secretaries (as part of the system of checks and balances) and members of boards and commissions.

Senators are elected for four-year terms, staggered so that half the Senate is up for election every two years. If a vacancy occurs in a Senate seat between elections, it may be filled only by a special election.


Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 15
     Republican Party 18
Total 33


State Assembly

The Wisconsin State Assembly is the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature. Together with the smaller Wisconsin State Senate, the two comprise the legislative branch of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Constitution limits the size of the State Assembly to between 54 and 100 members inclusive. Currently, Wisconsin is divided into 99 Assembly Districts apportioned amongst the state based on population as determined by the decennial census, for a total of 99 Representatives. Each member represents an average if 54,179 people.[5]

Representatives are elected for two year terms, elected during the fall elections. If a vacancy occurs in an Assembly seat between elections, it may be filled only by a special election.

Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 39
     Republican Party 60
Total 99

Legislators

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2010, members of the Wisconsin Legislature are paid $49,943/year. Legislators receive a maximum of $88/day per diem, set by the compensation commission. Based on the maximum, the leadership of each house determines what amount to authorize for each session.[6]

The $49,943/year that Wisconsin legislators are paid as of 2010 is an increase over the $47,413 were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem is the same.[7]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Wisconsin legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.

Joint committees

The Wisconsin State Legislature has ten standing committees:

External links

References