General provisions on legislative committees.
Majority and minority parties.
Legislative state supported programs study and advisory committee.
Long-range public building program.
State Public Building Corporation.
Limitation on certain building projects.
Parking structure funding.
State office building, completion of.
Building commission; powers and duties.
Transportation projects commission.
Joint survey committee on retirement systems.
Joint survey committee on tax exemptions.
Joint review committee on criminal penalties.
Joint legislative audit committee.
Commission on uniform state laws.
Joint committee for review of administrative rules.
Legislative review of certain rules.
National conference of state legislatures.
Joint committee on information policy and technology.
REGULATION OF LOBBYING
Lobbying regulated; legislative purpose.
Licenses for lobbyists; suspension or revocation.
Restrictions on practice of lobbying.
Identification of legislative and administrative proposals and topics.
Principal's expense statement.
Duties of the ethics commission.
Enforcement and penalties.
Legislative activities of state agencies.
Lobbyists restricted during daily sessions.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE AGENCIES
Legislative organization, joint committee on.
Joint legislative council.
Committees appointed by council.
Permanent council committees.
Duties and powers of the joint committee on legislative organization.
Legislative council staff.
Legislative reference bureau.
Legislative audit bureau.
Legislative fiscal bureau.
Legislative technology services bureau.
Number of legislators.
The senate consists of 33 and the assembly of 99 members.
History: 1971 c. 304
The legislature shall meet annually.
The legislature shall convene in the capitol on the first Monday of January in each odd-numbered year, at 2 p.m., to take the oath of office, select officers, and do all other things necessary to organize itself for the conduct of its business, but if the first Monday of January falls on January 1 or 2, the actions here required shall be taken on January 3.
The regular session of the legislature shall commence at 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday after the 8th day of January in each year unless otherwise provided under sub. (3)
Early in each biennial session period, the joint committee on legislative organization shall meet and develop a work schedule for the legislative session, which shall include at least one meeting in January of each year, to be submitted to the legislature as a joint resolution.
Any measures introduced in the regular annual session of the odd-numbered year which do not receive final action shall carry over to the regular annual session held in the even-numbered year.
How the legislature meets, when it meets, and what descriptive titles the legislature assigns to those meetings or their operating procedures constitute parts of the legislative process with which the judicial branch has no jurisdiction or right to interfere. League of Women Voters v. Evers, 2019 WI 75
, 387 Wis. 2d 511
, 929 N.W.2d 209
Oaths of members.
The speaker of the assembly, president of the senate, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, any court of record or the clerk thereof, any court of appeals judge or any justice of the supreme court may administer the oath of office to the members and officers of the legislature. The oath shall be filed with the secretary of state.
History: 1977 c. 187
Designation of members.
Members of the assembly shall be known as “representatives to the assembly".
Legislators' eligibility to other civil office. 13.04(1)(1)
No member of the legislature shall, during the term for which the legislator was elected, be appointed or elected to any civil office in this state, which shall have been created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased, during the term for which the legislator was elected.
Any former member of the legislature may, after expiration of the term for which the former member was elected to the legislature, be appointed or elected to any judicial office or state civil office or position and shall, if so appointed or elected, be entitled to the full compensation, expense reimbursement or other emoluments established by law for such office or position.
Any incumbent member of the legislature may, during the term for which the member was elected to the legislature, seek election to any judicial office or state elective office for a term commencing upon the expiration of the member's current legislative term and shall, if so elected, upon the commencement of the new term be entitled to the full compensation, expense reimbursement or other emoluments for such office or position established by law as of the date on which the term begins.
Any incumbent member of the legislature who, during the term for which the member was elected to the legislature, by appointment or election assumes any judicial office or state civil office or position for which the compensation or other emoluments were increased during the member's current legislative term by legislative action, or by any other official action requiring the assent of or subject to veto by the legislature, shall be entitled to the compensation or other emoluments for such office or position only at the rate in effect prior to such increase.
Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the concurrent appointment of an incumbent legislator to an unsalaried part-time state position created during the legislator's current legislative term when the emoluments for such position are limited to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of the position and when the duties of such position are not incompatible with the legislator's duties as a member of the legislature.
No member of the legislature may hold office as a legislator concurrent with holding office as a county executive for more than 60 days following certification of the election for either office.
Any member of the legislature who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature in consideration or upon condition that any other person elected to the same legislature will give or will promise or agree to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any other measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in such legislature, or who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence for or against any measure on condition that any other member will give his or her vote or influence in favor of any change in any other bill pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature, is guilty of a Class I felony.
Any member of the legislature who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature, or that has already been passed by either house of the legislature, in consideration of or on condition that the governor approve, disapprove, veto or sign, or agree to approve, disapprove, veto or sign, any other measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature or that has already been passed by the legislature, or either house thereof, or in consideration or upon condition that the governor nominate for appointment or appoint or remove any person to or from any office or position under the laws of this state, is guilty of a Class I felony.
Freedom of debate confirmed.
Nothing in ss. 13.05
shall be construed as prohibiting free discussion and deliberation upon any question pending before the legislature by members thereof, privately or publicly, nor as prohibiting agreements by members to support any single measure pending, on condition that certain changes be made in such measure, nor as prohibiting agreements to compromise conflicting provisions of different measures.
Mileage allowance. 13.08(1)(1)
The chief clerk of each house, immediately after the commencement of each regular or special session of the legislature, shall certify to the department of administration the names of all qualified members and the number of miles for which each member is entitled to be reimbursed. All such certificates shall be approved by the presiding officer.
All members of the legislature shall be entitled to an allowance for transportation expenses incurred in going to and returning from the state capitol once every week during any legislative session, at the same rate per mile for each mile traveled in going to and returning from the state capitol on the most usual route as is provided for transportation for state officers and employees under s. 20.916
. Such allowances shall be paid monthly upon presentation to the department of administration of a verified written statement containing such information as the department requires.
Any member of the legislature may use any convenient public transportation and be reimbursed in full for not to exceed one round trip weekly actually traveled via such transportation.
History: 1971 c. 13
Bills increasing certain tax rates. 13.085(1)(1)
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, no house of the legislature may pass a bill that increases the rate of the state sales tax or that increases any of the rates of the income tax or franchise tax unless the bill is approved by two-thirds of those members present and voting.
shall not apply if the legislature passes a joint resolution requiring a statewide advisory referendum on the question of whether the legislature should authorize the tax increase provided in the bill and a majority of voters voting at the referendum vote to approve the tax increase.