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Fred Risser

Aug 11, 2020

Wisconsin hopes for smoother primary than April election

Wisconsin's second statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic began came with far more time to prepare than the first, and election officials were hoping for a correspondingly smoother result in Tuesday's primary.

Mar 27, 2020

Wisconsin’s longest-serving legislator, attorney says he will retire

Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser, the longest-serving legislator in the nation's history, said Thursday that he plans to retire.

Mar 16, 2016

Senate wraps up with changes to criminal, jobless benefits law

The state Senate wrapped up its last session of the term Tuesday, sending a flurry of bills to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.

Nov 10, 2014

With new Legislature comes fewer attorneys

The number of attorneys serving in the Legislature is slated to bottom out again as new lawmakers prepare to be sworn in early next year.

Mar 12, 2014

Senate passes driver liability limits in tight vote (UPDATE)

The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would prevent parents from having to pay more than $300,000 in civil cases when their children under age 18 cause car crashes.

Feb 11, 2014

Senate OKs scaled-down injunction bill (UPDATE)

The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would grant the right to appeal rulings blocking state laws.

Feb 3, 2014

Hearing scheduled for underage drinking bill

A state Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would give some immunity to underage drinkers who seek and obtain emergency assistance for themselves and others.

Jan 7, 2014

Lawmakers move to get faster rulings on injunctions appeals (UPDATE)

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor voted 3-2 Tuesday in favor of a bill that proponents say would force more prompt rulings on appeals of circuit courts’ injunctions.

Oct 8, 2013

Attempts to amend contingency-fee bill fail (UPDATE)

Republican state senators shot down four amendments Democrats offered Tuesday to a bill that would place a $30 million cap on the contingency fees the state can pay to law firms.

Oct 8, 2013

Bill would end maintenance upon remarriage

State lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would require divorcees to provide notice courts of a new marriage, triggering a cessation of child support and maintenance payments.

Oct 1, 2013

Committee passes contingency-fee bill

The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor approved a bill Tuesday that would prevent law firms from receiving more than $30 million from contingency-fee contracts held with the state.

Sep 27, 2012

Panel extends temporary concealed-carry rules (UPDATE)

Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to extend temporary guidelines for the issuing of concealed weapons permits until mid-December.

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