Wisconsin Legislative Session Ends Today
State lawmakers are finally set to wrap up one of the toughest legislative sessions in Wisconsin history.
The two-year legislative session that began in January 2011 is set to end Thursday with the Senate and Assembly scheduling their last floor debates in the morning.
It’s unclear how long each house may work on Thursday, but dozens of bills remain unfinished. For example, a measure that that would require kindergarten screen exams and teacher evaluations based on test scores is still undone, as is a bill that would require doctors to consult face-to-face with women seeking abortions.
The session has been a knock-down, drag-out battle as majority Republicans basically ruled the roost. Republicans passed measures that took some collective bargaining rights away from public union workers, moved to allow concealed weapons and pushed to require voters to show photo identification at the polls. As a result, the republicans now face a wave of recall elections that are still pending in the state this spring and summer.