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February 26, 2016

WSLL Recommends: NCCUSL & National State Law Survey

Two exciting new databases have been purchased by the State Law Library, available through HeinOnline.

NCCUSL - National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

Before the Wisconsin State Legislature votes on a "uniform law," the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has spent at least two years discussing and refining language that is eventually offered to the states for consideration. The documents produced in this process - such as issue memos, drafts and final rules are all part of the online NCCUSL archive on HeinOnline. This valuable database includes access to the all acts, including new proposals, such as the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (Dec. 2015) and long-standing laws, such as the Uniform Securities Act (1949).

National Survey of State Laws

Attorneys and researchers often need to compare laws across many states. The National Survey of State Laws reviews the most popular legal topics and provides statutory references and brief explanation of the law in each state. Topics include lemon law, minimum wage, adverse possession, divorce, and gun control to name a few. Access on HeinOnline includes prior editions, back to 1993.

February 25, 2016

Mandatory eFiling Passes

The Wisconsin Supreme Court passed a rule requiring eFiling for civil, family, small claims, and paternity cases. This rule (Wis. Stat. 801.18) will likely take effect July 1, 2016 and roll out in pilot counties that currently offer voluntary eFiling. With this rule eFiling will be required for attorneys and high-volume filing agents. Those who are not represented by an attorney and low-volume filing agents may use the system on a voluntary basis. There will be a fee of $20 per case, but this can be waived for indigent parties and governmental units. 

The Court System has an eFiling page on their website which links to the online eFiling system as well as user guides and training materials. Check for training opportunities through local colleges or bar associations or watch the demo on the Court's website.

February 17, 2016

Register for Drone Law: Present and Future

Our latest free CLE program covers current and proposed laws and regulations about drones. Get a comprehensive overview of state and federal drone laws and regulations for hobbyists, commercial drone operators, and government entities such as police and fire departments.

This lecture-style class will take place in the Rare Book Room at the Wisconsin State Law Library on Thursday, March 10 from noon to 1 p.m.

Sign up for the class online or mail in your registration. Registration is limited to 25 attendees.

February 12, 2016

Problems Logging In? Try a Different Browser

Some of our users on certain devices or browsers may experience problems logging in to our databases from home. If you can not log in to our databases from your home or work computer, you may be successful if you try a different browser. We are investigating sporadic problems with the log in process and will post to this blog when those problems are resolved.

Please ask a librarian for help accessing our databases or their content. Watch this blog for further updates.

February 11, 2016

Spring Primary Election Just Days Away

Wisconsin's spring primary election is just days away on Tuesday, February 16th. This includes a statewide primary for Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and local primaries for some county Circuit Court Judges.

As with any election, log in to myvote.wi.gov to see a sample ballot and find out details about your polling place. 

Don't forget to bring your photo ID to vote! Visit bringit.wi.gov to learn whether you have the right kind of photo ID, and how to get a free state ID card for voting.

February 9, 2016

Read the 2017 US Budget Proposal

President Obama's FY 2017 budget was released today. It can be read online at govinfo.gov, a new website for Federal publications.

"The Budget consists of a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included; these may vary from year to year."

Read the budget on your mobile device by downloading the mobile app. The mobile app provides access to the text and images in the budget and links to govinfo.gov for additional information.

2015 Website Search Traffic by Topic

Our librarians answer a variety of questions throughout the year. This chart shows the top 10 categories of keywords people used to search for our website in 2015.

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