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LRB-0111/1
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 7, 2018 - Introduced by Senators Vinehout and L. Taylor. Referred to
Committee on Senate Organization.
SR4,1,2 1To repeal senate rule 93 (2); and to amend senate rule 25 (1) (b) and senate rule 25
2(1) (c); relating to: public notice for meetings of senate committees.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current senate rules, public notice of every meeting of a senate
committee must be given at least 24 hours before the commencement of the meeting,
unless the committee on senate organization determines that for good cause such
notice is impossible or impractical. In no case, however, may notice be provided less
than two hours in advance of a meeting.
This resolution amends the rules to provide that public notice of every
committee meeting must be given at least 24 hours before the commencement of the
meeting, unless the chairperson and ranking minority member of the committee
determine that for good cause such notice is impossible or impractical. In no case,
however, under the amended rules, may notice be provided less than two hours in
advance of a meeting. The public notice must be in such form as is reasonably likely
to apprise members of the public and the news media of the meeting and must
indicate the day, hour, and place of the meeting and the number, author, and relating
clause of each proposal to be considered. The resolution requires that every
committee meeting must be publicly held in a place reasonably accessible to
members of the public and must be open to all citizens at all times.
Finally, the resolution applies this new committee notice provision to
committee meetings held during special or extraordinary sessions of the legislature.
SR4,1,3 3Resolved by the senate, That:
SR4,1
1Section 1. Senate rule 25 (1) (b) is amended to read:
SR4,2,8 2Senate Rule 25 (1) (b) Except as provided in par. (d), public notice of every
3meeting of a committee shall be given at least 24 hours before the commencement
4of the meeting, unless the committee on senate organization determines chairperson
5and ranking minority member of the committee determine
that for good cause such
6notice is impossible or impractical. In no case may notice be provided less than 2
7hours in advance of a meeting. A public notice may be amended at any time to delay
8the commencement of the meeting or to delete items from the agenda of the meeting.
SR4,2 9Section 2. Senate rule 25 (1) (c) is amended to read:
SR4,2,25 10Senate Rule 25 (1) (c) The public notice under par. (b) shall be posted on the
11bulletin board of each house. The notice shall
in such form as is reasonably likely
12to apprise members of the public and the news media of the meeting and shall

13indicate the day, hour, and place of the meeting and the number, author, and relating
14clause of each proposal to be considered. Every committee meeting shall be publicly
15held in a place reasonably accessible to members of the public and shall be open to
16all citizens at all times.
If unintroduced legislation will be considered at the meeting,
17the notice shall indicate the draft number assigned to the legislation by the
18legislative reference bureau and the relating clause of the legislation, and shall
19indicate that copies of the draft legislation are available at the chief clerk's office.
20The chairperson shall provide a copy of the draft legislation to the chief clerk before
21publishing the notice. The chief clerk shall distribute copies of the draft legislation
22to any person who requests such copies. Whenever a scheduled meeting is canceled,
23the chairperson shall immediately notify the chief clerk and post cancellation notices
24on the bulletin boards of each house in such form as is reasonably likely to apprise
25members of the public and the news media of the canceled meeting
.
SR4,3
1Section 3. Senate rule 93 (2) is repealed.
SR4,3,22 (End)
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