Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has been employing and paying fellow Republican member and Assembly Majority Sergeant at Arms Rep. Samantha Kerkman through his network of private businesses going back to 2013, according to a One Wisconsin Now review of legislative Statements of Economic Interests.
The Wisconsin Assembly voted Thursday to apply a state background check system for certain handgun sales to similar purchases of rifles and shotguns, but the measure’s fate in the State Senate was uncertain. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Retired Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry ascribes blame to both political parties, but some of us give most of the ‘credit’ to the GOP. Here’s why. > Cap Times
Rep. Adam Jarchow, the Republican state lawmaker who lost a special election for an open state Senate seat in January, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election to the Assembly. > AP News
The Assembly adjourned early Friday morning, with no intention of returning this year. But the Kimberly-Clark and child tax credit bills must pass the Senate, with no changes, before they can go to Walker. That forces the Senate to either accept what the Assembly versions, or force the Assembly to come back. > FOX 21 Duluth
The cities of Madison and Milwaukee are lobbying against a bill that would prohibit local governments from enforcing their own employment ordinances related to discrimination, hours, wages and benefits. Assembly lawmakers are set to hear public testimony on the proposal today. > Cap Times
The state Assembly voted unanimously this week to require lawmakers and their staff to complete sexual harassment training at the beginning of each legislative session. > Wisconsin Public Radio