Merger of WI’s Legislative Reference Bureau and Legislative Council Considered

In a guest column in the Capital Times, the reports that the Wisconsin Legislature is considering merging the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) with the Legislative Council.

Both are nonpartisan legislative agencies but they serve different functions.  The LRB provides legal, research, and information services to the Wisconsin Legislature whereas the Legislative Council staff supports effective lawmaking by providing legal advice and guidance to standing committees of the Legislature.

The agencies also have different confidentiality requirements under Wisconsin Statutes 13.91 (Leg Council) and 13.92 (LRB).

See the article for more information.