Compiling a legislative history can involve consulting several publications, including: The Wisconsin Statutes, West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated, Wisconsin Session Laws (also known as Laws of Wisconsin), Drafting Records, and other sources.
Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations (Official)
Call Number: KFW2430 .A22
Also available online at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau web site
Madison, Wis. : Revisor of Statutes Bureau, [1995?-
Published biannually, the Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations, better known as the Wisconsin Statutes, is located in the Ready Reference area of the Eckstein Law Library, on the first floor. Copies are also available in other areas of the first floor as well as on the other floors of the law library. (Note, statutes can also be searched in other sources, including Westlaw, Lexis, LexisNexis Academic, Loislaw, and Fastcase.)
Call Number: KFW2430 .A412 1970
The history notes in the Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations go back to 1971. In order to develop complete research, it is important to check the Wisconsin Annotations for prior chapters that would have created or updated the statute in question. As an alternative, one can research in the West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated for complete history notes. This resource is located in the Ready Reference area of the law library.
West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (Unoffocial)
Call Number: KFW2430 .A43
Also available on Westlaw
St. Paul, Minn. : West Pub. Co., c1957-
West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated is an updated service that provides the language of the statutes, as well as complete history notes and further annotations. A copy is available in the Ready Reference area of the Eckstein Law Library, on the first floor. Copies are also available in the first floor stacks, and also on the third floor of the law library.
Wisconsin Session Laws
Call Number: KFW2425.2 .L39
Also available online via Hein Online
Madison, Wis. : R.A. Bird [etc.], 1848-
Wisconsin Session Laws, (also known as Laws of Wisconsin, Acts, Wisconsin Acts, Wisconsin State Session Laws or Session Laws of Wisconsin) provide the Acts or Chapters (1983 and earlier) of the legislature. Information from this source will help in establishing the progression of the language as statutes are created and amended. Two copies are available on the first floor of the Eckstein Law Library. A copy is also available on the third floor of the law library.
Assembly and Senate Journals
Call Number: KFW 2406
The Assembly Journals and Senate Journals includes an Index to Senate and Assembly Bills, Joint Resolutions, Resolutions and Petitions, the text of Bills and Joint Resolutions, and the Bulletin of Proceedings or the Journal of Proceedings. This material is located on the first floor of the Eckstein Law Library.
Wisconsin Legislative Council Materials
Call Number: KFW2420 .W55
The Wisconsin Legislative Council Materials include: Minutes and reports of committees; Digest of Council bills in session; Information memorandums; Information bulletins; Briefs to the legislature; Summary of proceedings; Research bulletins staff briefs; Annual report to the legislature; Digest of Council bills etc. This material is located on the first floor of the Eckstein Law Library.
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Publications
Call Number: KF2420 .W57
The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Materials include: Budget Briefs, Legislative Briefs, Wisconsin Briefs, Informational Bulletins and Research Bulletins. This material is located on the first floor of the Eckstein Law Library.
Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau publications are available online and include:
Wisconsin Legislative Documents
also available online at http://docs.legis.wi.gov/
The Wisconsin Legislative Documents include: links to Current Statutes, Constitution, Acts, Bulletin of Proceedings Indices, Administrative Code, Administrative Register, and an Archives.
In addition to the above, the Legislative Documents site also links to an archives that includes:
Call Number: KFW2821.5 .B5 W57
Marquette Eckstein Law Library Has:
1927-1997 available on microfiche (First Floor, KFW 2821.5.B5 W57)
1999 through 2002 are available on CD ROM (First Floor, KFW 2821.5.B5 W57)
2003-2006 are available on DVD (First Floor, KFW 2821.5.B5 W57)
The Wisconsin State Legislature Has:
1999 through current available from the State Legislature Web Site
Drafting records are produced during the development of legislation. All of the documents that are generated during the bill drafting process are considered to be drafting records. As such, they can be helpful when trying to glean the intent of the collective legislature.