Wisconsin State Legislature
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.
- 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. 
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
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. 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.
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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.
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.
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- 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.
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.
When sworn in
Wisconsin legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.
The Wisconsin Legislature has ten standing committees:
- Administrative Rules Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Audit Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Employment Relations Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Joint Finance Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature
- Information Policy and Technology Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Joint Legislative Council Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties, Wisconsin Legislature
- Legislative Organization Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Retirement Systems Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Tax Exemptions Committee, Wisconsin Legislature
- Official Wisconsin State Legislature website
- Legislative Reference Bureau
- Wikipedia: Wisconsin Legislature
- 2011 Legislative Sessions Calendar, NCSL
- 2010 session dates for Wisconsin legislature
- Explanation of Wisconsin legislative floor-periods
- Population in 2000 of the American states
- Population represented by state legislators
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"
- Empire Center, "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"