Wisconsin State Legislature Media Access

The Wisconsin State Legislature has established a process for members of the media to apply for Legislative credentials to be used in the Assembly and Senate. It is the intention of the Legislature to use the recommendations for credentialing media put forth by the Wisconsin Capitol Correspondents Board. Credentials issued for use in the Legislature are not to be used outside of these entities.

The Senate and/or Assembly can revoke and/or remove credentials at any time. All credentialed members of the media are representing their organization. Each house has their respective rules that govern conduct in their Chambers. (Chapter 2 in the Senate outlines Order and Decorum and Rule 26 in the Assembly outlines Conduct in the Chamber.)

Members of the Media granted access to either Chamber are expected to abide by the rules and expectations laid out by the body. In addition, the Wisconsin Capitol Correspondents Board (WCCB)’s recommendations on Conduct and Ethics (as outlined below) are to be followed.

All registrants abide by the rules of the applicable legislative chamber. Registrants shall not act as an agent in the prosecution of claims, become engaged or assist, direct or indirectly, in any lobbying, promotion, advertising, or public activity intended to influence legislation or any other action of the Legislature, nor any matter before any independent agency, or any department or instrumentality of the Governor’s office.

All registrants shall hold the highest journalism standards and shall follow the Code of Ethics as established by the Society of Professional Journalists, specifically:
  • Avoid conflict of interest, real or perceived
  • Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility
  • Refuse gifts, favors, fees, and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organization if they compromise journalistic integrity.
  • Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
Proof of eligibility must be attached at the time of application.

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*Appeals can be made in writing to the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization (JCLO.) Please send appeals to JCLO Co-chairs, Senate President Michael Ellis and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.