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19.579 (1) Except as provided in sub. (2), any person who violates this subchapter may be required to forfeit not more than $500 for each violation of s. 19.43, 19.44, or 19.56 (2) or not more than $5,000 for each violation of any other provision of this subchapter. If the court determines that the accused has realized economic gain as a result of the violation, the court may, in addition, order the accused to forfeit the amount gained as a result of the violation. In addition, if the court determines that a state public official has violated s. 19.45 (13), the court may order the official to forfeit an amount equal to the amount or value of any political contribution, service, or other thing of value that was wrongfully obtained. If the court determines that a state public official has violated s. 19.45 (13) and no political contribution, service, or other thing of value was obtained, the court may order the official to forfeit an amount equal to the maximum contribution authorized under s. 11.26 11.1101 (1) for the office held or sought by the official, whichever amount is greater. The attorney general, when so requested by the board, shall institute proceedings to recover any forfeiture incurred under this section which is not paid by the person against whom it is assessed.
117,53 Section 53. 19.59 (1) (br) of the statutes is amended to read:
19.59 (1) (br) No local public official or candidate for local public office may, directly or by means of an agent, give, or offer or promise to give, or withhold, or offer or promise to withhold, his or her vote or influence, or promise to take or refrain from taking official action with respect to any proposed or pending matter in consideration of, or upon condition that, any other person make or refrain from making a political contribution, or provide or refrain from providing any service or other thing of value, to or for the benefit of a candidate, a political party, any person who is subject to a registration requirement committee registered under s. 11.05 ch. 11, or any person making a communication that contains a reference to a clearly identified local public official holding an elective office or to a candidate for local public office.
117,54 Section 54. 19.59 (7) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
19.59 (7) (b) Any person who violates sub. (1) may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000 for each violation, and, if the court determines that a local public official has violated sub. (1) (br) and no political contribution, service or other thing of value was obtained, the court may, in addition, order the accused to forfeit an amount equal to the maximum contribution authorized under s. 11.26 11.1101 (1) for the office held or sought by the official, whichever amount is greater.
117,55 Section 55. 20.511 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.511 (1) (a) General program operations; general purpose revenue. Biennially, the amounts in the schedule for general program operations of the board, including the printing of forms, materials, manuals, and election laws under ss. 7.08 (1) (b), (3), and (4) and 11.21 11.1304 (3) and (14), and the training of election officials under s. 5.05 (7).
117,56 Section 56. 20.511 (1) (i) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.511 (1) (i) Elections administration; program revenue. The amounts in the schedule for the administration of chs. 5 to 12. All moneys received from fees imposed under s. 11.055 (1) 11.0102 (2) shall be credited to this appropriation account.
117,57 Section 57. 20.511 (1) (j) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.511 (1) (j) Electronic filing software. All moneys received from registrants who purchase software to be utilized for electronic filing of campaign finance reports under s. 11.21 (16) 11.1304 (6), for the purpose of providing that software.
117,58 Section 58. 20.855 (6) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.855 (6) (h) Vehicle and aircraft receipts. The amounts in the schedule for the purpose of subsidizing the cost of operation, maintenance, and depreciation of the vehicles and aircraft. All moneys received by state agencies under ss. 11.37 11.1206 and 20.916 (7) for political and other personal uses of state-owned vehicles and aircraft shall be credited to this appropriation. The department of administration may transfer moneys from this appropriation to the proper appropriation of any state agency from which state vehicle and aircraft costs are financed.
117,59 Section 59. 36.11 (1) (cm) of the statutes is amended to read:
36.11 (1) (cm) The board shall promulgate rules under ch. 227 prescribing the times, places, and manner in which political literature may be distributed and political campaigning may be conducted in state-owned residence halls. No such rule may authorize any activity prohibited under s. 11.36 (3) or 11.1207 (3) or (4).
117,60 Section 60. 111.365 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
111.365 (3) (a) The application of s. 11.36 11.1207.
117,61 Section 61. 120.06 (6) (b) 5. of the statutes is amended to read:
120.06 (6) (b) 5. If a candidate has not filed a registration statement under s. 11.05 11.0202 (1) (a) by the time he or she files a declaration of candidacy, the candidate shall file the statement with the declaration. A candidate shall file an amended declaration under oath with the school district clerk in the event of a change in any information provided in the declaration as provided in s. 8.21.
117,62 Section 62. 185.03 (10) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
185.03 (10) (e) The cooperative dedicates any funds remaining unclaimed after the date specified in par. (b) to educational purposes, limited to providing scholarships or loans to students, or to charitable purposes, as the board determines, within one year after the date the funds are declared forfeited under par. (a). In this paragraph, educational purposes does not include political purposes as defined in s. 11.01 (16).
117,63 Section 63. 202.12 (5) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
202.12 (5) (a) 2. A candidate for national, state, or local office or a political party or other committee or group required to file financial information with the federal elections commission or a filing officer under s. 11.02 11.0102 (1).
117,64 Section 64. 341.14 (6r) (fm) 1. b. of the statutes is amended to read:
341.14 (6r) (fm) 1. b. The group or organization is not a political committee, as defined in s. 11.01 (4), or a political group, as defined in s. 11.01 (10) 11.0101 (6).
117,65 Section 65. 346.94 (16) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
346.94 (16) (b) 2. The operator of a vehicle of a public utility, as defined in s. 11.40 (1) (a). In this paragraph, public utility means any corporation, company, individual, or association which furnishes products or services to the public, and which is regulated under ch. 195 or 196, including railroads, telecommunications or telegraph companies and any company furnishing or producing heat, light, power or water.
117,66 Section 66. 349.135 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
349.135 (2) (b) The operator of a vehicle of a public utility, as defined in s. 11.40 (1) (a). In this paragraph, public utility means any corporation, company, individual or association which furnishes products or services to the public, and which is regulated under ch. 195 or 196, including railroads, telecommunications or telegraph companies and any company furnishing or producing heat, light, power or water.
117,67 Section 67. 563.907 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
563.907 (3) (b) A political party, as defined in s. 5.02 (13), except a state committee political party registered under s. 11.05 and organized exclusively for political purposes subch. III of ch. 11 under whose name candidates appear on a ballot at any election.
117,68 Section 68. 630.05 (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
630.05 Political contributions. (intro.) Section 11.38 11.1112 applies to:
117,69 Section 69. 755.01 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
755.01 (4) Two or more cities, towns or villages of this state may enter into an agreement under s. 66.0301 for the joint exercise of the power granted under sub. (1), except that for purposes of this subsection, any agreement under s. 66.0301 shall be effected by the enactment of identical ordinances by each affected city, town or village. Electors of each municipality entering into the agreement shall be eligible to vote for the judge of the municipal court so established. If a municipality enters into an agreement with a municipality that already has a municipal court, the municipalities may provide by ordinance or resolution that the judge for the existing municipal court shall serve as the judge for the joint court until the end of the term or until a special election is held under s. 8.50 (4) (fm). Each municipality shall adopt an ordinance or bylaw under sub. (1) prior to entering into the agreement. The contracting municipalities need not be contiguous and need not all be in the same county. Upon entering into or discontinuing such an agreement, the contracting municipalities shall each transmit a certified copy of the ordinance or bylaw effecting or discontinuing the agreement to the appropriate filing officer under s. 11.02 (3e) 11.0102 (1) (c) and to the director of state courts. When a municipal judge is elected under this subsection, candidates shall be nominated by filing nomination papers under s. 8.10 (6) (bm), and shall register with the filing officer specified in s. 11.02 (3e).
117,70 Section 70. 758.13 (3) (g) 1. a. of the statutes is amended to read:
758.13 (3) (g) 1. a. "Candidate" has the meaning given in s. 11.01 11.0101 (1).
117,71 Section 71. 758.13 (3) (g) 1. b. of the statutes is amended to read:
758.13 (3) (g) 1. b. "Contribution" has the meaning given in s. 11.01 (6) 11.0101 (8).
117,72 Section 72. 946.11 (2) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 946.11 (2) (b) (intro.) and amended to read:
946.11 (2) (b) (intro.) "Privilege" has the meaning designated under s. 11.40; means anything of value not available to the general public, but does not include compensation or fringe benefits provided as a result of employment by a public utility to a regular employee or pensioner when the following conditions are satisfied:
117,73 Section 73. 946.11 (2) (b) 1. and 2. of the statutes are created to read:
946.11 (2) (b) 1. The regular employee or pensioner is not compensated specifically for services performed for a purpose related to the election or nomination for election of an individual to state or local office, the recall from or retention in office of an individual holding a state or local office, or for the purpose of payment of expenses incurred as a result of a recount at an election.
2. The regular employee or pensioner is not compensated in excess of that provided to other regular employees or pensioners of like status.
117,74 Section 74. Nonstatutory provisions.
(1) Rule and opinion review. The government accountability board shall review all of the administrative rules currently in force promulgated by the board and any advisory opinions issued by the board affected by the provisions of this act. Beginning on the effective date of this subsection, any administrative rule that the board finds to be inconsistent with this act may not be enforced and any advisory opinion that the board finds to be inconsistent with this act is invalid.
(1m) Reconciliation provision. If 2015 Assembly Bill 388 or 2015 Senate Bill 294 is enacted into law, the legislative reference bureau shall, when preparing the statutes for publication, change the term "government accountability board" to "ethics commission"; substitute "commission" for "board"; and make other changes necessary to effect the terminology change in chapter 11 of the statutes. The legislative reference bureau shall also identify and incorporate other changes that are necessary to effect the reconciliation of this act and 2015 Assembly Bill 388 or 2015 Senate Bill 294.
117,75g Section 75g. (0)Effective dates. This act takes effect on the first day of the first full reporting period following publication, except as follows:
(1) The amendment of sections 11.1400 (5) and 11.1401 (2) of the statutes takes effect on June 30, 2016.
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