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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 20, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kessler, Wachs, Sinicki,
Berceau and Subeck, cosponsored by Senator L. Taylor. Referred to
Committee on Judiciary.
AB33,1,2 1An Act to create 755.175 of the statutes; relating to: requiring a municipal
2judge to be a licensed Wisconsin attorney.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person may be elected or appointed as a municipal judge
if the person is a qualified elector of the municipality in which election or
appointment is sought. A qualified elector is a U.S. citizen age 18 or older who has
resided in an election district or ward for a certain number of consecutive days before
any election where the citizen offers to vote. Beginning on January 1, 2018, this bill
requires a person seeking to be elected or appointed as a municipal judge to be an
attorney licensed to practice in this state and a member in good standing of the State
Bar of Wisconsin.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB33,1 3Section 1. 755.175 of the statutes is created to read:
AB33,2,2 4755.175 Municipal judge must be an attorney. Beginning on January 1,
52018, no person may qualify for election or appointment as a judge unless the person

1is an attorney licensed to practice in this state and a member in good standing of the
2State Bar of Wisconsin.
AB33,2,33 (End)
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