Wisconsin Senate To Vote On Bill Cutting BudgetThe state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would require state agencies to give the governor plans for cutting spending or maintaining it at current levels along with their biennial budget requests.
Wis. Sen. Votes On Planned Parenthood Funding, Strip Searches, SwitchbladesThe state Senate is set to vote on a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise the organization's Medicaid expenses. One bill would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood.
Wis. Senate Panel To Take Up 3 Anti-Heroin BillsA legislative committee is poised to vote on three anti-heroin bills. The Senate's health committee is expected to vote on a bill Tuesday that would require opiate dispensers to enter prescriptions in a statewide database within 24 hours;
Wisconsin GOP Proposes Senate Spectator RulesRepublicans who control the state Senate have proposed stricter rules for spectators. The GOP released a resolution Monday that calls for anyone who violates chamber rules or policies to be removed for 24 hours.
Democrats To Take Control Of Wis. State SenateDemocrats are scheduled to take control of the Wisconsin state Senate on Tuesday. John Lehman of Racine was sworn in Monday following his victory in a June recall over Republican incumbent Van Wanggaard.
Wis. GOP Bypass Dems On Collective BargainingThe Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats and approve an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.