2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 8, 2020 - Introduced by Senators Wanggaard, Risser and Olsen,
cosponsored by Representatives
Tusler, Hebl, Anderson, Knodl and Stubbs.
Referred to Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government
Oversight and Courts.
1An Act to repeal
887.015 (2) (e); and to amend
887.015 (title), 887.015 (1), 2
887.015 (2) (b), 887.015 (2) (f), 887.015 (3) and 887.015 (6) of the statutes; 3relating to: the Uniform Unsworn Declarations Act.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill modifies the Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act that
Wisconsin has adopted to adopt the Uniform Unsworn Declarations Act in its place.
Under current law, if a person who is outside of the jurisdiction of the United States
makes a written but unsworn declaration that meets the statutory criteria, it may
be used in place of a sworn declaration under some circumstances. This bill modifies
current law by removing the requirement that a person be outside of the jurisdiction
of the United States to make such a declaration, and in so doing adopts a uniform act
known as the Uniform Unsworn Declarations Act.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
887.015 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Uniform unsworn foreign declarations act.
887.015 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
887.015 (1) Short title.
This section may be cited as the Uniform Unsworn 2Foreign
887.015 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) “Law" includes the federal or a state constitution, a federal or
statute, a judicial decision or order, a rule of court, an executive order, or an 6
administrative rule, regulation, or order.
887.015 (2) (e) of the statutes is repealed.
887.015 (2) (f) of the statutes is amended to read:
(f) “Sworn declaration" means a declaration in a signed record given 10
under oath or affirmation
. Sworn declaration includes a sworn or affirmed 11
statement, verification, certificate, or affidavit.
887.015 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
887.015 (3) Applicability.
This section applies to an unsworn declaration by 14
a declarant who at the time of making the declaration is physically located within
outside the boundaries of the United States, whether or not the location is subject 16
to the jurisdiction of the United States. This section does not apply to a declaration
17by a declarant who is physically located on property that is within the boundaries of
18the United States and subject to the jurisdiction of another country or a federally
19recognized American Indian tribe.
887.015 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
887.015 (6) Form of unsworn declaration.
An unsworn declaration under this 22
section must be in substantially the following form:
I declare under penalty of false swearing under the law of Wisconsin that the 24
foregoing is true and correct, and that I am physically located outside the geographic
1boundaries of the United States, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and
2any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States
Executed on the .... day of ....(month)
, ....(year), at ....(city or other location, and 4