2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
September 21, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Barca, Hebl, Sinicki, Kolste,
Doyle, Wachs, Mason, Pope, Bowen, Sargent, Milroy, Ohnstad, Riemer,
Spreitzer, Goyke, Shankland, Johnson, Subeck, Berceau, Jorgensen and
Zamarripa, cosponsored by Senators Vinehout,
Carpenter, Wirch, Lassa,
Risser and Ringhand. Referred to Committee on State Affairs and
section 10 of article IV; and to create
section 10 (2) of article IV of the 2
constitution; relating to: requiring the legislature to enact laws requiring
3reasonable notice of and public access to meetings of governmental bodies,
4including legislative committees, and making members of the legislature
5subject to citations and civil penalties for violations of such laws (first
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2015 legislature on first
consideration, requires the legislature to enact laws requiring reasonable notice of
and public access to meetings of governmental bodies, including legislative
committees, and makes members of the legislature subject to citations and civil
penalties for violations of such laws. Currently, the constitution exempts members
from civil process during the legislative session and for 15 days before and after the
A constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures,
and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
7Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That:
Section 10 of article IV of the constitution is renumbered section 10 2
(1) of article IV.
Section 10 (2) of article IV of the constitution is created to read:
[Article IV] Section 10 (2) The legislature shall enact laws requiring 5
governmental bodies to conduct business in meetings that are held with reasonable 6
prior notice and accessible to the public and make these laws applicable to legislative 7
committees. Notwithstanding section 8 of this article, courts of law may apply these 8
laws to senate, assembly, and other legislative committees. Notwithstanding section 9
15 of this article, members of the legislature are subject to citation and civil penalties 10
during a legislative session for violations of such laws.
3. Numbering of new provisions.
If another constitutional 12
amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this 13
joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the 14
sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict.
15Be it further resolved, That
this proposed amendment be referred to the 16
legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three 17
months previous to the time of holding such election.