The nonpartisan Legislative Council staff supports effective lawmaking by:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance to standing committees of the Legislature, including the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization and the Joint Committee on Employment Relations;
  • Serving as the statutory Rules Clearinghouse by preparing reports on all proposed administrative rules and advising standing committees in their oversight of the administrative rulemaking process;
  • Preparing legal and informational publications for Legislators and the public;
  • Responding to legal and policy research requests from legislators, other legislative service agencies, and legislative staff;
  • Providing legal assistance in the development of drafting instructions for proposed legislation;
  • Advising on parliamentary procedure and legislative management issues;
  • Providing legal and policy research services to study committees created by the Joint Legislative Council; and
  • Providing legal and informational research relating to the Wisconsin Retirement System and its participants.