Effective date note
Subd. 5. is shown as amended eff. 1-1-96 by 1995 Wis. Act 27
. The treatment by Act 27 was held unconstitutional and declared void by the Supreme Court in Thompson v. Craney, case no. 95-2168
-OA. Prior to Act 27 it read:
Effective date text
5. The department of public instruction.
History: 1971 c. 211
; 1973 c. 333
; 1975 c. 39
; 1977 c. 31
; Sup. Ct. Order, 88 W (2d) xiii (1979); 1979 c. 8
; 1979 c. 34
; 1979 c. 204
; 1981 c. 86
; 1981 c. 173
; 1983 a. 27
, 2202 (45)
; 1983 a. 308
; 1985 a. 29
; 1989 a. 31
; 1993 a. 52
; 1995 a. 27
ss. 9126 (19)
, 9130 (4)
, 9145 (1)
; 1995 a. 417
NOTE: 1979 Assembly Bill 657 contains a prefatory note explaining the duties of the law revision committee.
Duties and powers of the joint committee on legislative organization. 13.90(1)
The joint committee on legislative organization shall be the policy-making board for the legislative reference bureau, the revisor of statutes bureau, the legislative fiscal bureau and the legislative audit bureau. The committee shall:
Determine the types of tasks to be assigned to each legislative service bureau within statutory limitations, and the quantity and quality thereof.
Consider and approve the budget of each bureau.
Meet at such times as it may determine to carry out its policy-making duties, and for the purposes of this paragraph the committee may provide a method of procuring decisions by mail.
Promulgate rules under ch. 227
required for the proper operation of each legislative service bureau.
Employ an outside staff of professional consultants for the purpose of studying ways to improve legislative staff services and organization. Without limitation because of enumeration, this study shall cover legislative service agencies, the management of legislative business, legislative compensation, legislative office space, and the increasing amounts of time required by legislative duties.
Supervise the development of programs for computer use and approve and monitor computer operations in the legislative process. All contracts for legislative computer equipment and services shall be signed by the cochairpersons.
Designate an officer of the senate or assembly or a director of a legislative service agency to administer expenses and supervise data processing staff paid from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (3) (em)
Determine the officer who has operational responsibility for legislative document sales and distribution under s. 35.87
Determine and approve a parking plan for the state capitol park consistent with s. 16.843
Recommend to the legislature a newspaper to serve as the official state newspaper as provided in s. 985.04
Designate the individuals authorized to sign joint purchasing contracts for the senate and assembly and the legislative service agencies under s. 16.74 (2)
Determine the method of sale and prices for subscriptions to legislative documents and the operational responsibility for any legislative document subscription services provided under s. 35.87
In this subsection, "legislative service agency" means the legislative council staff, the legislative audit bureau, the legislative fiscal bureau, the legislative reference bureau and the revisor of statutes bureau.
The joint committee on legislative organization shall select the head of each legislative service agency. The appointment of each legislative service agency head shall be made without regard to political affiliation in order to safeguard the nonpartisan character of each legislative service agency. In the case of the state auditor, the joint legislative audit committee shall make recommendations for the approval of the joint committee on legislative organization. The committee shall designate an employe of each legislative service agency to exercise the powers and authority of each legislative service agency head in case of absence or disability.
The director of the legislative council staff appointed by the council under s. 13.81 (4)
, 1985 stats., prior to August 1, 1987, shall continue to serve at the pleasure of the council for the duration of her tenure as director.
The cochairpersons of the joint committee on legislative organization or their designated agent shall accept service made under s. 806.04 (11)
. If the committee, the senate organization committee or the assembly organization committee, determines that the legislature should be represented in the proceeding, that committee shall designate the legislature's representative for the proceeding. The costs of participation in the proceeding shall be paid equally from the appropriations under s. 20.765 (1) (a)
, except that such costs incurred by the department of justice shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.455 (1) (d)
The joint committee on legislative organization shall assign office space for legislative offices and the offices of the legislative service agencies as defined in sub. (1m)
. The joint committee may assign any space in the capitol not reserved for other uses under s. 16.835
. Except as provided in ss. 13.09 (6)
and 13.45 (4) (c)
, the joint committee may locate any legislative office or the office of any legislative service agency outside the capitol at another suitable building in the city of Madison.
The cochairpersons of the joint committee on legislative organization shall authorize payment of fees entitling the legislature to membership in national organizations from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (3) (fa)
The joint committee on legislative organization may contract for the services of persons to advise those building commission members who also are legislators on matters related to the state's issuance of state debt, revenue obligations and operating notes under ch. 18
The joint committee on legislative organization shall adopt, revise biennially and submit to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on information policy, the governor and the secretary of administration, no later than September 15 of each even-numbered year, a strategic plan for the utilization of information technology to carry out the functions of the legislature and legislative service agencies, as defined in s. 16.70 (6)
. The plan shall address the business needs of the legislature and legislative service agencies and shall identify all resources relating to information technology which the legislature and legislative service agencies desire to acquire, contingent upon funding availability, the priority for such acquisitions and the justification for such acquisitions. The plan shall also identify any changes in the functioning of the legislature and legislative service agencies under the plan.
The joint committee on legislative organization shall contract for a bas-relief plaque, to be prepared by a suitable sculptor, to display a representation of Dr. H. Rupert Theobald honoring his public service, for placement in the assembly chamber.
The joint committee on legislative organization may inquire into alleged misconduct by members or employes of the legislature.
Legislative council staff.
There is created a bureau known as the "Legislative Council Staff", headed by a director. The legislative council staff shall be strictly nonpartisan and shall at all times observe the confidential nature of the research and drafting requests received by it. The legislative council staff may call upon any state department, agency or officer, or any agency of any political subdivision, for such facilities and data as are available and such departments and agencies shall cooperate with the legislative council staff to the fullest possible extent.
(1) Duties of the staff.
The legislative council staff shall:
Provide staff services to the joint legislative council under s. 13.81
and to any of the committees appointed under ss. 13.82
As directed by the joint legislative council, gather information and prepare written studies on topics referred to the council by the legislature or which seem desirable to the council.
Perform the functions prescribed in s. 227.15
for the review and resolution of problems relating to administrative rules.
(2) Duties of the director.
The director of the legislative council staff shall:
Supervise and train the personnel assigned to him or her.
Supervise all expenditures of the legislative council staff.
Attend all scheduled meetings of the joint legislative council under s. 13.81
, and may attend meetings of any of its committees under ss. 13.82
Attend, personally or through a professional employe of the legislative council staff designated by him or her, all meetings of the commission on uniform state laws under s. 13.55
and the midwest and national meetings in which the commission participates.
Legislative reference bureau.
There is created a bureau to be known as the "Legislative Reference Bureau," headed by the chief of legislative reference bureau under the classified service. The legislative reference bureau shall be strictly nonpartisan and shall at all times observe the confidential nature of the reference or drafting requests received by it.
The legislative reference bureau shall perform reference services for all members of the legislature equally and impartially and to the limits of its facilities and staff. Such reference services shall be available also to public officials, students of government and citizens generally. In the performance of its reference services, the bureau shall:
Collect, index and make available in the most suitable form to legislators, other public officials, students of government and citizens generally, information relative to governmental subjects which will aid the legislature, other public officials and the citizens generally, to perform their duties in the most efficient and economical manner.
Maintain an adequate collection of public documents of Wisconsin and other states and carry out loan arrangements with libraries.
Maintain the drafting records of legislation introduced in prior sessions of the legislature and utilize such records to provide information on questions of legislative intent. Such records shall be retained in the offices of the bureau at all times.
Utilize the materials assembled in its collection and other suitable materials to prepare studies and reports providing pertinent information regarding subjects which are or may become items of concern to the legislature, other public officials or the public generally, and where warranted publish such reports and studies in the most expeditious manner.
Prepare copy for the biennial Wisconsin Blue Book.
Beginning with the date of the decennial federal census of population and ending on December 1 of the 2nd year commencing after such census, prepare and publish such street and ward maps of the municipalities in this state as are required to show the boundary lines of congressional and legislative districts based on that census. Following the final approval of the redistricting plans, the bureau shall transfer the maps used to show the district boundaries contained in such plans to the department of administration under s. 16.96 (3) (b)
The legislative reference bureau shall provide drafting services equally and impartially and to the limits of its facilities and staff. In the performance of its drafting services, the bureau shall:
Prepare in the proper form all legislation to be introduced in the legislature.
Prepare in plain language an analysis of each original measure, to be printed with the measure when it is introduced. On the printed measure, the analysis shall be displayed single-spaced between the title and the enacting clause.
As a service to the senate and assembly, and as directed by the chief clerks thereof, enroll all measures passed by the legislature.
Promptly after the passage of any bill, any joint resolution amending the constitution, or any other resolution determined by the chief clerks to require enrollment and, in the case of a bill, before it is presented to the governor for approval, the chief clerk of the house in which the measure originated shall deliver the jacket to the bureau which shall enroll the proposal and return the jacket and the required number of copies, including a camera-ready copy of any proposed constitutional amendment and each resolution requiring newspaper publication, to the chief clerk. The camera-ready original of the enrolled proposal shall be retained in the bureau.
Of the copies delivered to the chief clerk, one copy shall be used as the official enrolled measure to be authenticated as provided by the rules and, in the case of an enrolled bill, be submitted to the governor for the governor's approval. The remaining copies shall be distributed as provided by the rules and as determined by the chief clerks.
Each enrolled proposal, or printed copy thereof, shall carry a heading "State of Wisconsin" as do bills and joint resolutions.
Publish each act on its date of publication. Upon receipt of notice from the secretary of state under s. 14.38 (10) (a)
, the bureau shall enter the act number, date of enactment and date of publication of each act on the camera-ready copy and deliver it to the contract printer for reproduction. The copy shall identify material deleted from existing law by stricken type, and material inserted into existing law by underscored type. In any act published "vetoed in part", the material subject to the veto shall be displayed in full but shall be identified by distinguishing marks. The bureau shall make copies available on or before the date of publication of the act. The number of copies printed, and the quality of paper used, shall be as provided in the joint rules and as further determined by the joint committee on legislative organization.
In cooperation with the revisor of statutes, prepare a biennial list of numerical cross-references in the statutes to other parts of the statutes.
Drafting records; when confidential.
While the legislature remains in session the drafting section shall maintain the files for all drafting requests received during such session, but after final adjournment the drafting records to legislation introduced shall be turned over to the reference section under par. (a) 3.
Records of drafting requests which did not result in legislation introduced shall remain confidential at all times and may be maintained by the drafting section in such form as will facilitate its operations.
Legislative computer use.
The legislative reference bureau shall:
Coordinate and administer the scheduling and use of computer programs and machine time to facilitate application of computer and other modern office machine technology by both houses of the legislature and the legislative service agencies under this subchapter.
Subject to review by the department of administration under s. 16.971
, and approval by the joint committee on legislative organization, provide and maintain a data system to meet legislative needs for text searching, text processing and records keeping.
Payments for the following costs shall be administered by the legislative reference bureau:
Providing printing and duplicating services to the legislature and its service agencies.
Printing of legislative proposals or amendments and, when so ordered by either house, engrossed or enrolled proposals, under s. 35.05
Microfilming, optical imaging or electronic formatting of reference materials and legislative drafting records under par. (a) 1.
Acquisition of materials and information for legislative service agency libraries and legislative document production.
(2) Duties of the chief.
The chief of the legislative reference bureau shall:
Employ under the classified service, and supervise and train the personnel assigned to the chief.
Supervise all expenditures of the legislative reference bureau.
Serve as editor of the biennial Wisconsin Blue Book.
Cooperate with the legislative service agencies of other states and foreign countries toward the better exchange of information.
Attend, personally or through a professional employe under sub. (1) (b)
designated by the chief, all meetings of the commission on uniform state laws under s. 13.55
and the midwest and national meetings in which the commission participates.
Cooperate with the revisor of statutes in systematically examining and revising the statutes and session laws under s. 13.93 (2) (j)
Recommend to the joint committee on legislative organization prices for subscriptions to the legislative document distribution service under s. 35.87
, including any portion of the service provided separately.
Reports or comments of nonlegislative committee are considered valid aid in interpreting statute which originated from such committee. In re Estate of Haese, 80 W (2d) 285, 259 NW (2d) 54.
Revisor of statutes bureau.
There is created a bureau to be known as the "Revisor of Statutes Bureau," headed by a chief known as the "Revisor of Statutes" under the classified service. The revisor of statutes bureau shall be strictly nonpartisan.
(1) Duties of the bureau.
The revisor of statutes bureau shall prepare copy for the biennial Wisconsin statutes, and for this purpose it: