State Parks See Overcrowding as Temperatures Climb

State parks across the country have limited capacity to encourage social distancing, leading to closures over the weekend as temperatures warmed and people flocked outdoors.

Governors Immortalized as Bobbleheads for Coronavirus Response

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum immortalized four governors as bouncy-headed figurines for their state leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court’s Wisconsin Decision Is a Terrible Sign for November

COMMENTARY | The justices are forcing citizens to choose between voting and staying safe from the coronavirus. This fall’s election could be no different.

State Legislatures Scramble to Meet in the Age of Coronavirus

Lawmakers across the country rushed to pass resolutions permitting virtual meetings and remote voting, efforts they said were necessary to adhere to social distancing guidelines and protect legislators.

A Plan to Expand Workers Comp Benefits to First Responders with PTSD

The Wisconsin Senate this week approved a bill that would extend benefits available to full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters, but not apply to volunteers or EMTs.

A Proposal to Protect Referees From Angry Parents

A Wisconsin lawmaker, who is also a youth umpire, wants to increase penalties for harassing or intimidating sports officials, a move he hopes will improve recruitment and retention in the field of athletics.

Seven Cities in a Snowy State Ban Snowballs. Now One is Poised to Reverse Course

A handful of Wisconsin cities have identically worded ordinances that ban snowball fights in public places. After going viral for their policy, officials in Wausau are ready to change it.

Putting Men on Diaper Duty

Lawmakers in Wisconsin hope to require more public buildings to place diaper changing stations in both men's and women's restrooms, the latest state to debate this new twist for so-called "potty parity."

How Hundreds of Cities Have Simplified Solar

More than 300 municipalities have received designations from SolSmart, a national program that helps streamline permitting and zoning processes to make solar easier to obtain for residents and businesses.

A State Could Become the First to Fund Searches for Remains of MIA Soldiers

State legislators hope to fund a University of Wisconsin program that identifies remains of missing soldiers, allowing researchers to focus on finding service members from the Dairy State.

The Legislative Push to Bring Back Cursive

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are seeking to mandate cursive handwriting education in schools—part of a growing state trend.

Enlisting Truckers to Fight Human Trafficking

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are hoping to add human trafficking curriculum to classes for commercial drivers' licenses.

A State Opts to Use Added Online Sales Tax Revenue to Offer Income Tax Cuts

Wisconsin will soon begin collecting sales taxes from companies that provide online marketplaces for other vendors.

‘I Do Wall’ Seeks to Change Perceptions of Local Government

The clerk of Washington County, Wisconsin, wanted to do something special for couples applying for marriage licenses.

Planting a Habitat for Pollinators on City Streets

A pollinator protection task force in Madison, Wisconsin led to a median-planting project designed to provide a friendly environment for bees and butterflies.

Wisconsin Legislators Push to Make Cash Tips Tax-Free

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Wisconsin Judge Blocks Laws Limiting New Governor's Powers

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‘If You Elect to Be on the Roads, You Must Make Good Choices’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida governor’s teacher bonus proposal … Louisville pension worries … and Pittsburgh’s mayor has an evening hobby.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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