Rep. Steineke. - The Wheeler Report

January 7, 2015
Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418
Majority Leader Jim Steineke Statement on Assembly Rule Changes
Madison . . . Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna) released the following
statement today in response to passage of updated Assembly rules:
“We started the new legislative session with a renewed commitment to maintain productive and
balanced debate on the Assembly floor. Last session, Assembly members operated under a
Memorandum of Understanding which proved to be very effective. The Memorandum allowed
Republican and Democrat leaders to establish a goal of finishing debate at a reasonable time and
allowed the Assembly Rules Committee to decide the structure and timing of debate. The
intention of these bi-partisan changes was to make floor proceedings more transparent and
efficient. These changes we passed today are now codified into Assembly rules.”
“Wisconsin has a long history of its political members working together in a bi-partisan manner.
These rules continue this proud tradition. I look forward to another session of vigorous and
respectful debate that is vital to effective governing and a strong democracy.”