State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has crunched the numbers from the 2009-10 general legislative session that ended during April 2010 to determine the extent of legislative activity. Here are some of the findings:
“Legislators made 8,987 requests for bills, amendments, and resolutions to be drafted in statutory language in 2009-10.
A total of 412 bills passed the legislature this session, up from 243 in 2007-08 and the fourth-highest number in the last 10 sessions.
The assembly convened and took a roll call 36 times in 2009-10, up from 29 times in 2007-08, but down from sessions in the 1980s and 1990s when session days often exceeded 60.
As has been the case in recent years, the senate convened slightly fewer days (31) than the assembly, but numbers in both houses could grow if lawmakers were yet to meet in special session.”
Some observers base their legislative activity barometer on total number of bills approved. Others argue that the Legislature could inflict too much damage by passing too many bills that create too many taxes, fees, spending, rules, regulations, bureaucracy, and bad policy. This past session is a perfect example.
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