The legislative reference bureau shall publish the Laws of Wisconsin as expeditiously as possible in such number of volumes and at such times as the bureau determines to be appropriate. If acts are enacted or joint resolutions are adopted while a volume is in production, the bureau may elect to publish them as a pocket part to the bound volume.
Correcting obvious errors in enrolling and publishing. 35.17(1)(1)
In enrolling under s. 13.92 (1) (b) 3.
and for publishing under ss. 35.095
, and 35.35 (1) (a)
, the legislative reference bureau shall correct minor clerical errors. No such correction shall be deemed an alteration of the enrolled copy.
The legislative reference bureau shall correct obvious nonsubstantive errors when publishing the Wisconsin statutes under s. 35.18 (1) (a)
and the administrative code under s. 35.93 (3)
On questions of orthography the current edition of Webster's new international dictionary shall be taken as the standard.
STATUTES AND TOWN LAW FORMS;
CLASS 2 PRINTING
Wisconsin statutes. 35.18(1)(a)(a)
Biennially the legislative reference bureau shall prepare and deliver to the department printer's copy for the Wisconsin statutes, which shall contain all the general statutes in force, all important joint resolutions adopted since the last preceding general session, an alphabetical index, and such other matter as the bureau deems desirable and practicable. The department shall determine how many copies shall be printed.
The legislative reference bureau shall electronically publish interim updated versions of the statutes included in the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under par. (a)
on the Internet in one or more electronic file formats. The legislative reference bureau may electronically publish the updated versions on other electronic media in one or more electronic file formats, as the legislative reference bureau determines.
The legislative reference bureau shall include in the updated versions of the statutes electronically published under subd. 1.
all general statutes in force, except that the legislative reference bureau may omit tables and graphic images from publication in a particular electronic file format if the legislative reference bureau determines that the tables and graphic images are incompatible with that electronic file format. If the legislative reference bureau omits tables or graphic images from publication in a particular electronic file format, it shall insert a note following the affected statutory unit identifying the omission and providing a hypertext link providing electronic access to the table or graphic image. The legislative reference bureau shall at all times publish the statutes on the Internet in at least one electronic file format that allows for publication of all tables and graphic images contained in the statutes.
The legislative reference bureau shall include all of the following with each updated version of the statutes published under subd. 1.
The edition of the biennial Wisconsin statutes that is being updated.
The act number of the most recent legislative act included in the updated version.
The date through which the updated version has been updated. The updated version shall include all legislative acts that were enacted, and all supreme court orders affecting statutes that were entered, on or before the date referenced in this subd. 3. d.
A notice stating that the updated version of the statutes electronically published under this paragraph is certified under sub. (2) (b)
(2) Legislative reference bureau certification. 35.18(2)(a)(a)
After making the necessary comparison, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall sign and file in the office of the secretary of state as a public record a certificate certifying that the bureau has compared each section contained in the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under sub. (1) (a)
with the original section of the statutes, or with the original section contained in the enrolled act from which the section was derived, together with all amendments of such original section, if any, and that all the sections appear to be correctly printed. All copies of the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under sub. (1) (a)
shall contain a printed copy of such certificate.
After making the necessary comparison, the legislative reference bureau shall publish on the Internet, and with each electronic publication of the Wisconsin statutes under sub. (1) (b)
, a certification that the bureau has compared each section of the Wisconsin statutes published under sub. (1) (b)
with the original section of the statutes, or with the original section contained in the enrolled act from which the section was derived, together with all amendments of such original section, if any, and that all the sections appear to be correctly published. The certification shall indicate any electronic file formats in which the statutes are published that do not contain all graphic images and tables due to incompatibility with the electronic file format.
(3) Numbers and titles of chapters and sections.
All chapters and sections of Wisconsin statutes shall retain their present numbers and titles until changed by the legislative reference bureau or by statute. Each section shall be designated by a mixed, decimal number, the whole number corresponding to the chapter and the decimal to the section's place in the chapter. The numbers and titles of chapters and sections shall be printed in boldface type. Each subsection shall be designated by a number, or by a number and a letter of the alphabet, enclosed in parentheses. Each paragraph shall be designated by a letter or letters enclosed in parentheses. Each subdivision shall be designated by a number or by a number and a letter. Each paragraph of a subdivision shall be designated by a letter or letters.
The legislative reference bureau shall prepare such annotations as will keep the volume known as “Wisconsin Annotations," up to date, and include those annotations in the Wisconsin statutes published under sub. (1) (a)
See s. 889.01
for the statutes as prima facie evidence.
Editions of parts of the statutes in pamphlet form may be produced for official use and for public sale. The department shall charge the cost of pamphlet laws produced for such use or sale to the requisitioning state agencies.
History: 1973 c. 333
; 1979 c. 34
Wisconsin Town Law Forms.
With each edition of the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under s. 35.18 (1) (a)
, under the supervision of the legislative reference bureau, an edition will be printed as directed by the department for distribution by the department to all town clerks, of a volume to be designated “Wisconsin Town Law Forms" containing suitable forms for use in the administration of laws relating to: common schools; the county board; the powers, duties and liabilities of towns, town officers and the assessment of taxes; highways, bridges and drainage districts; and such other forms as the legislative reference bureau determines desirable and practicable.
History: 2007 a. 20
; 2013 a. 20
BLUE BOOK AND REPRINTS; CLASS 2 PRINTING
The legislative reference bureau shall compile, index, prepare and deliver to the department biennially copy for a book to be denominated “Wisconsin Blue Book" and identified by the biennium of its intended use.
The Blue Book shall contain the biographies and pictures of state officers, senators and representatives to the assembly and officers of each house, information pertaining to the organization of Wisconsin state government, and statistical and other information of the same general character as that heretofore published, but so selected and condensed as will limit the number of pages to 1,000 or less. In making such selection the legislative reference bureau is directed to consult freely with the state superintendent of public instruction and the director of the historical society, and insofar as possible, make the book useful for civics classes in schools.
The department shall deliver camera-ready copy to the contract printer, to be printed and delivered as soon as practicable after the spring election of the odd-numbered year.
The Blue Book shall be case-bound in hard covers and shall have a blue spine.
Reprints of the feature article shall be bound in paper covers and shall be in such quantity as is authorized for each specific reprint by the joint committee on legislative organization. The cost of reprints shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (1) (d)
OFFICIAL REPORTS; CLASS 3 PRINTING
Official reports. 35.26(1)(1)
Every report submitted under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
shall set forth all receipts and disbursements in full and in detail. At the same time at which a report is submitted under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
, it shall be presented by its author to the department as printer's copy. No report shall contain any advertising matter nor any copying of the session laws or statutes of this state, except minor extracts explanatory of and incorporated in the text.
Before filing any report its author shall carefully edit the same and strike therefrom all journals and minutes of proceedings and all correspondence, petitions, orders and other documents or writings whose substance can be briefly stated, consolidate, so far as practicable, statistical tables and strike out all matter which is not important information concerning public affairs.
Sufficient copies of official reports shall be supplied by the publishing state agencies to the department for distribution in accordance with s. 35.84
The costs of reports authorized by ss. 35.26
shall be charged to the requisitioning agency.
State budget, copies.
The governor may issue not to exceed 1,000 copies of the state budget report and as many copies of the budget report in brief as the governor determines to be necessary. The cost of these reports shall be charged to the department. After making the required distribution of the state budget report to the executive and legislative agencies and members of the legislature, the remaining copies may be sold to individuals at a price which does not exceed the costs per copy of printing, postage and handling. Revenues collected by the department under this section shall be deposited in the general fund.
Limitation of editions of official reports.
Within 60 calendar days after receiving final proof copy therefor, the department shall have printed and deliver editions of the reports mentioned in s. 35.26
and of any report required by law to be made to the governor or to the legislature if not otherwise limited. The department shall determine for any report the maximum number of copies and pages, or the length if authorized to be reproduced in optical disc format.
History: 2005 a. 25
; 2015 a. 196
Orders by department.
The department may order printed in suitable form, in reasonable quantities, copies of opinions and briefs of the attorney general and the supreme court; opinions of the court of appeals; decisions of the public service commission; and special editions of parts of official reports.
BOOK PUBLICATIONS; CLASS 3 PRINTING
Books, pamphlets and magazines. 35.29(1)(1)
State agencies may order printed such materials as may be necessary for the proper administration of their offices, subject to distribution and sales regulations provided in this chapter and determinations of the department under s. 16.82 (4) (b)
. Unless otherwise provided by law, state agencies may make free distribution of such materials or may fix and collect a charge therefor, not to exceed cost, including distribution cost as determined under s. 35.80
No state agency may distribute any materials printed under sub. (1)
directly to any member of the legislature, except in the manner provided in this subsection. If a state agency wishes to make available any materials under sub. (1)
to members of the legislature, the agency shall send a notice to all members briefly describing the materials. If a member notifies the state agency that the member wishes to receive a copy of specified materials, the agency may then distribute the materials to that member.
Upon receiving the necessary printer's copy the department shall order printing as follows: Of the opinions of the attorney general, not more than 1,000 copies; and of the decisions of the public service commission, not more than 500 copies.
JOB PRINTING; CLASS 4 PRINTING
Job printing and all printing not otherwise classified. 35.34(1)(1)
Job printing includes such other printing not specified in this chapter as may be permitted or required by law and necessary for the use of state agencies, including binding needed in connection with such printing.
Costs for such printing shall be charged to the requisitioning agency.
LEGAL NOTICES; CLASS 5
Requisition procedure. 35.35(1)(a)
The legislative reference bureau shall provide to the secretary of state electronic copy in type not smaller than 6 point Arial for the printing of any enrolled proposed constitutional amendment and of each enrolled resolution ordered to be printed in the official state newspaper by the president of the senate for resolutions originating in the senate or by the speaker of the assembly for resolutions originating in the assembly. The copy shall identify material deleted from existing law by stricken type, and material inserted into existing law by underscored type.
The department may contract to sell, at a price equal to the cost of composition, camera-ready copy of the laws to any commercial publisher.
Every state agency required by law to publish legal notices in a newspaper shall furnish printer's copy to the department with a requisition therefor.
All such printing shall be in the English language.
Fees; state legal notices. 35.36(1)(1)
The compensation to the official state newspaper and other papers for all legal notices required to be published at the expense of the state may not exceed the rates specified in s. 985.08 (1)
. All expenditures incidental to such printing shall be absorbed by the newspaper doing the publishing. Whenever the state elects to provide camera-ready copy for the publication of its facsimile ballots or other legal notices the maximum chargeable rates shall be adjusted as provided in s. 985.08 (2) (b)
The costs of publication of legal notices shall, unless otherwise provided by law, be charged to the appropriation of the agency on whose order such publication is made.
History: 1977 c. 418
; 1981 c. 372
AGENCIES LOCATED OUTSIDE OF MADISON; CLASS 7
Printing for out-of-Madison state agencies.
Whenever it becomes advantageous to do so, the department of administration may establish blanket printing contracts in out-of-Madison metropolitan areas. Such contracts shall whenever practical follow the basic patterns established for classes 1 to 4.
SPECIALTY PRINTING; CLASS 8
Specialty printing and book printing excluded from class 3.
Specialty printing and book printing excluded from class 3 in s. 35.01 (3)
shall be procured on individual competitive bids and by official state printing order according to specifications determined by the department.
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS AND ORDER WRITING
Specifications for state printing except class 1, including type style and size, page size, titles, paper, form, quality, quantity, binding, and method, or optical disc manufacturing specifications whenever reproduction in optical disc format is authorized, shall be as determined by the department unless specified by statute. Any state agency that objects to the department's determination may appeal the decision to the governor.
Unless otherwise required by law, each edition of the Blue Book and the reports specified in ss. 35.26
, and reprints thereof, shall be substantially the same in printing and binding as the previous edition of the same publication. Unless otherwise determined by the chief of the legislative reference bureau, each edition of the Laws of Wisconsin shall be substantially the same in format, printing, and binding as the previous edition of the same publication. Unless otherwise determined by the legislative reference bureau, each edition of the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under s. 35.18 (1) (a)
shall be substantially the same in format, printing, and binding as the previous edition of the same publication. Unless otherwise determined by the legislative reference bureau, each electronic publication of the Wisconsin statutes under s. 35.18 (1) (b)
, the Wisconsin administrative code under s. 35.93 (2)
, and the Wisconsin administrative register under s. 35.93 (3)
shall be in substantially the same format as the previous edition or version of the same publication.
Specifications for class 1 state printing shall be determined by the department with the advice and approval of the joint committee on legislative organization, except as otherwise provided for the Laws of Wisconsin under sub. (2)
Whenever possible, state publications printed on paper, other than printing of classes 4 and 5, shall be restricted to finished outside dimensions which shall not exceed 9 by 14 inches and shall not be less than 3 1/2 by 7 inches.
Proofs; where received.
Contract printers shall submit proof sheets of all public printing done by them and when requested, revised proof sheets thereof, to the department, regardless of the format to be used for reproduction. When requested by the chief clerk of either house proof sheets of printing of the first class shall be delivered to them.
History: 2005 a. 25
Authority for printing; increase, and diminution of editions and pages.
The department may not order any printing not authorized by law nor any quantity in excess of the legal limitation thereof. If experience demonstrates that the number of copies specified in this chapter for the editions of the Blue Book or Laws of Wisconsin exceeds the actual lawful demand therefor, the number of volumes or pages thereafter to be printed shall be reduced to such number as will supply such demand and no more. In like manner, any specification as to quantity in any requisition for printing which is required to be distributed shall be reduced to the actual probable demand therefor, as determined from previous experience in such distribution.
History: 1991 a. 39