American History Month.
To emphasize the spirit of America and Americanism and to remind the citizens of this state of the history of our nation and its free institutions, the month of February in each year is designated “American History Month" and the governor is directed to annually issue a suitable proclamation for the observance thereof.
Wonderful Wisconsin Week.
To emphasize this state's great assets which make it such a desirable place to live and work, to give all citizens a greater knowledge and appreciation of this state and to salute every important activity of the state, from agriculture to industry to tourism, from business to labor to recreation and from education to good government to the state's varied products, the 3rd week in September of each year is designated “Wonderful Wisconsin Week". The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Wonderful Wisconsin Week".
Hire a Veteran Week.
To recognize the contribution veterans have made to our society and the special needs of unemployed veterans and to encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans, the week of November that starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday and in which November 11 falls is designated “Hire a Veteran Week." The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Hire a Veteran Week" encouraging all employers to hire veterans.
Veteran Recognition Week.
To recognize the contribution and sacrifices veterans have made to our society, including those who have given their lives in service, the 7-day period that ends on November 11 is designated “Veteran Recognition Week." The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Veteran Recognition Week" encouraging all citizens to honor veterans during the week, emphasizing educational efforts directed at teaching students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.
Prisoners of War Remembrance Day.
To recognize the sacrifices of those persons who suffered captivity in foreign countries while in active service with the U.S. armed forces, April 9 of each year is designated “Prisoners of War Remembrance Day." The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Prisoners of War Remembrance Day" and request that some portion of the day be used for solemn contemplation on the plight of members of the U.S. armed forces who have been held prisoners of war.
POW-MIA Recognition Day.
To recognize the sacrifices of those persons who suffered or suffer captivity in foreign countries while in active service with the U.S. armed forces or who are or were missing in action, the 3rd Friday of September of each year is designated “POW-MIA Recognition Day." The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “POW-MIA Recognition Day" and request that some portion of the day be used for solemn contemplation on the plight of members of the U.S. armed forces who are or have been held prisoners of war and members of the U.S. armed forces who are or have been missing in action.
Purple Heart Day.
The governor shall annually proclaim August 7 as Purple Heart Day and urge the people and organizations of the state to display the American flag on that day as a public expression of the recognition of those individuals who have been wounded or killed in action preserving the freedoms that all United States citizens cherish.
Aldo Leopold Weekend.
The governor shall annually proclaim the first full weekend in March as Aldo Leopold Weekend to honor the author of A Sand County Almanac, an internationally respected scientist and conservationist who is widely considered the father of wildlife ecology.
African American History and Cultural Heritage Month.
The governor shall annually proclaim February as African American History and Cultural Heritage Month as a way to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans.
Medal of honor day.
The governor shall annually proclaim March 25 as Medal of Honor Day to celebrate and honor those members of the U.S. armed forces who have been awarded the Medal of Honor for their valor in action above and beyond the call of duty and to recognize their bravery, heroism, and sacrifice for the United States.
Gulf war illnesses recognition day.
The governor shall annually proclaim January 17 as Gulf War Illnesses Recognition Day as a public expression in recognition of the members of the U.S. armed forces who develop illnesses from exposure to Gulf War-related risk-substances. The governor shall include in the proclamation a request that part of the day be used for quiet contemplation to honor those brave members of the U.S. armed forces who suffer illnesses as the result of their patriotic service to our nation.
Korean War Armistice Day.
To recognize the Wisconsin armed forces members who courageously served during the Korean War, July 27, the date of the military armistice agreement that ended that war, is designated as the “Korean War Armistice Day." The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Korean War Armistice Day" and request that some portion of the day be used for solemn contemplation on the sacrifices that members of the U.S. armed forces made during that war, including the death of over 700 Wisconsin citizens.
Vietnam Veterans Day.
To recognize the 1,239 Wisconsin armed forces members who are listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and to express pride and gratitude to the veterans of that war, March 29 is designated as the “Vietnam Veterans Day." The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Vietnam Veterans Day" and request that some portion of the day be used to recall the Vietnam veterans' accomplishments and to thank those veterans for their service during that war.
Hmong-Lao veterans day.
To recognize Southeast Asians, Americans, and their allies who served, suffered, sacrificed, or died in the Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam War in the years 1961 to 1975 in support of the armed forces of the United States and in recognition of May 14, 1975, as the last day of airlift evacuation of officers and their families from the covert headquarters in Long Tieng, Laos, to the Nam Phong refugee camp in Thailand, May 14 is designated as the “Hmong-Lao Veterans Day.” The governor shall issue annually a suitable proclamation for the observance of “Hmong-Lao Veterans Day," ordering the flags at the state capitol building to be flown at half-staff, requesting that some portion of the day be used to recall the veterans' accomplishments and to thank those veterans for their service during that war, and encouraging schools to discuss Hmong military service in support of the armed forces of the United States.
Governor's energy awards. 14.165(1)(1)
The governor may issue awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments or efforts related to energy conservation or renewable energy systems. Awards may be made for all of the following:
New building design, building renovation or upgrading and maintaining existing equipment.
Contributions by engineers, architects and other professionals.
The department of administration, department of safety and professional services, and public service commission shall make recommendations to the governor for awards under sub. (1)
NOTE: 1993 Wis. Act 414
, which created this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
Conferences of governors.
The governor may attend and represent the state at all conferences of governors, and make such arrangements as deemed necessary for this state to bear its share of the expenses of such conferences. All expenses incurred under this section shall be charged to the proper appropriation for the office of the governor.
History: 1977 c. 29
; 1977 c. 273
Assistance from department of children and families.
The governor may enter into a cooperative arrangement with the department of children and families under which the department assists the governor in providing temporary assistance for needy families under 42 USC 601
Advocacy activities. 14.19(1)(1)
The governor may authorize advocacy activities to be conducted in the office of the governor concerning problems of members of ethnic minority groups, women and the family.
Advocacy activities may include investigation of complaints, service as an adviser or a mediator in resolving disputes or promotion of public education and planning to resolve problems.
The governor shall appoint an employee of the office of the governor as the family literacy advocate to establish a statewide program to improve family literacy.
State council on alcohol and other drug abuse.
The state council on alcohol and other drug abuse shall:
Provide leadership and coordination regarding alcohol and other drug abuse issues confronting the state.
Meet at least once every 3 months.
By June 30, 1994, and by June 30 every 4 years thereafter, develop a comprehensive state plan for alcohol and other drug abuse programs. The state plan shall include all of the following:
Goals, for the time period covered by the plan, for the state alcohol and other drug abuse services system.
To achieve the goals in par. (a)
, a delineation of objectives, which the council shall review annually and, if necessary, revise.
An analysis of how currently existing alcohol and other drug abuse programs will further the goals and objectives of the state plan and which programs should be created, revised or eliminated to achieve the goals and objectives of the state plan.
Each biennium, after introduction into the legislature but prior to passage of the biennial state budget bill, review and make recommendations to the governor, the legislature and state agencies, as defined in s. 20.001 (1)
, regarding the plans, budgets and operations of all state alcohol and other drug abuse programs.
Provide the legislature with a considered opinion under s. 13.098
Coordinate and review efforts and expenditures by state agencies to prevent and control alcohol and other drug abuse and make recommendations to the agencies that are consistent with policy priorities established in the state plan developed under sub. (3)
Clarify responsibility among state agencies for various alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and control programs and direct cooperation between state agencies.
Each biennium, select alcohol and other drug abuse programs to be evaluated for their effectiveness, direct agencies to complete the evaluations, review and comment on the proposed evaluations and analyze the results for incorporation into new or improved alcohol and other drug abuse programming.
Publicize the problems associated with abuse of alcohol and other drugs and the efforts to prevent and control the abuse.
OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Office of lieutenant governor; creation.
There is created an office of the lieutenant governor under the direction and supervision of the lieutenant governor.
Service as acting governor. 14.32(2)(2)
When acting as governor because of a vacancy in the office of governor created by the happening of any contingency specified in s. 17.03
, the lieutenant governor shall receive the annual salary and all other rights, privileges and emoluments of the office of governor. The annual salary paid in such instance shall be in lieu of all other compensation provided for the lieutenant governor.
Compensation for service by the lieutenant governor under this section shall be paid from the appropriation in s. 20.525 (1) (a)
The lieutenant governor may employ within the limits of the appropriations under s. 20.540
such staff as he or she deems necessary outside the classified service for such period and upon such terms as the lieutenant governor determines.
Additional executive duties.
As the second ranking executive officer of the state, the lieutenant governor shall have such additional duties as are assigned by the governor in writing. These may include:
The designation by the governor of the lieutenant governor as the governor's representative on any statutory commission, board or committee on which the governor is entitled to membership. Under such designation, the lieutenant governor shall perform in the place of the governor and shall have all authority and responsibility granted by law to the governor with regard to such membership.
The designation by the governor of the lieutenant governor as the governor's representative on any nonstatutory committee created by the governor under s. 14.019
The designation by the governor of the lieutenant governor to coordinate state services and programs under s. 14.03
and such other statutory responsibility of the governor for this purpose. The governor shall specify in writing to state agencies the nature, areas and extent of such designated authority.
The designation by the governor of the lieutenant governor as the governor's representative on any intergovernmental body created for the purpose of maintaining relationships with the federal government, state government, regional agencies or local government.
History: 1973 c. 90
; 1991 a. 316
The lieutenant governor may:
Accept gifts, grants, bequests or devises, or federal moneys authorized by the governor under s. 16.54
, to be used for the authorized functions of the office of lieutenant governor.
Conduct conferences or prepare and sell publications or promotional materials related to the authorized functions of the office of lieutenant governor.
History: 1987 a. 27
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Office of secretary of state; creation.
There is created an office of the secretary of state under the direction and supervision of the secretary of state.
Secretary of state, duties.
The secretary of state shall:
Record executive acts.
Keep a record of the official acts of the executive department and, when required, lay the same and all matters relative thereto before either house of the legislature.
Affix great seal; register commissions.
Affix the great seal to and countersign all commissions issued and other official acts done by the governor, the governor's approbation of the laws excepted; and make a register of such commissions in a book provided by the governor therefor, specifying the person to whom issued, the office conferred, and the date and term of the commission.
Have custody of books, records, etc.
Have the custody of all books, records, deeds, bonds, parchments, maps, papers and other articles and effects belonging to the state, deposited or kept in the secretary of state's office, and make such provision for the arrangement and preservation thereof as is necessary, and keep the same, together with all accounts and transactions of the office open at all times to the inspection and examination of the governor or any committee of either or both houses of the legislature.
Report biennially in accordance with s. 15.04 (1) (d)
all matters pertaining to the office and, when required, furnish the governor or either house of the legislature, in writing, any information relative to the performance of the duties of the office.
Keep enrolled laws, etc.
Safely keep all enrolled laws and resolutions, and not permit any of them to be taken out of the secretary of state's office or inspected except in the presence of the secretary of state, unless by order of the governor or by resolution of one or both houses of the legislature. For any violation of this subsection the secretary of state shall forfeit the sum of $100.
Compile original laws and resolutions.
Cause the original laws enacted and joint resolutions adopted at each session of the legislature, together with the index containing the titles of the same, to be bound in suitable volumes in a substantial manner, and in the order in which they are enacted or adopted, with the title thereof and the session at which they are enacted or adopted to be written or printed on the spine of the volumes.
Keep a record of all fees received by the office and include a summary of such record in the biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
Furnish certified copies; fees.
Make a copy of any law, resolution, deed, bond, record, document or paper deposited or kept in his or her office, upon request therefor, attach thereto his or her certificate, with the greater or lesser seal affixed, and collect therefor 50 cents per page and $5 for such certificate; if a copy is not to be certified and if the reproduction is performed by the office of the secretary of state, then collect a fee to cover the actual and necessary cost of reproduction and actual and necessary cost of transcription required to produce the copy or $2, whichever is greater; also to record any document authorized or required by law to be recorded in his or her office, and to charge therefor a fee of $1 per page. The fee for certified copies and for certificates as to results of searches of the records and files of his or her office, when a printed form is used, shall be $5, but when a specially prepared form is required the fee shall be $10. Telegraphic reports as to results of record searches shall be $5 plus the cost of the telegram. The secretary of state shall charge and collect for preparing any record or certificate under this subsection in an expeditious manner, an expedited service fee of $25 in addition to the fee otherwise required under this subsection.
Receive and file the signature and an impression of the official seal or rubber stamp of all county clerks and registers of deeds, and upon request certify to the authenticity of that signature and official seal or rubber stamp and charge therefor the statutory fee.
Notification of constitutional amendment.
If an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution is approved that requires the legislature to provide for temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices for the period of an emergency resulting from a cause other than an enemy action, within 30 days after the elections commission records the approval under s. 7.70 (3) (h)
, notify the legislature that the amendment has been approved.
Perform such other duties as are imposed upon the secretary of state by the constitution or by law.
History: 1975 c. 93
; 1977 c. 29
; 1977 c. 196
; 1979 c. 328
; 1981 c. 124
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 36
s. 96 (2)
; 1985 a. 29
; 1989 a. 123
; 1991 a. 32
; 1993 a. 112
; 1995 a. 27
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 25
; 2009 a. 42
; 2013 a. 5
; 2015 a. 55
Conditional acceptance of filing fees.
Before actually filing any document by making an endorsement on that document, the secretary of state may accept and deposit the filing fee submitted with that document upon the condition that if subsequent examination of the document establishes that it does not meet the requirements for filing, the fee may be refunded and upon the condition that if a discrepancy in the amount of the fee is subsequently discovered the secretary of state may then demand further payment of a shortage or refund an overpayment subject to s. 20.905 (3)
History: 1977 c. 418
Record of positions, appointments. 14.40(1)(1)
Annually not later than July 1, each legislative, administrative and judicial agency of the state government shall submit to the secretary of state a list of all positions within that agency outside the classified service and above the clerical level, excluding the faculties under the jurisdiction of the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System and the department of public instruction, and excluding university staff, as defined in s. 36.05 (15)
, which are filled by appointment, and the term if there is one, together with the name of the incumbent and the date of his or her appointment.
The secretary of state shall keep a record of all positions reported under sub. (1)
, the names of the incumbents and the dates of their appointments.
The appointment officer shall promptly notify the secretary of state of any vacancy occurring in any such position because of resignation, disability or death as well as any appointments made to fill such vacancies.