2003 WISCONSIN ACT 79
An Act to create 66.0501 (5) of the statutes; relating to: the eligibility of employees of cities, villages, towns, and counties to be candidates for elective public office.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
66.0501 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
66.0501 (5) Employees may be candidates. (a) In this subsection:
1. "Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
2. "Public employee" means any individual employed by a political subdivision, other than an individual to whom s. 164.06 applies and other than an individual to whom 5 USC 1502
(a) (3) applies.
(b) No political subdivision may prohibit a public employee from being a candidate for any elective public office, if that individual is otherwise qualified to be a candidate. No public employee may be required, as a condition of being a candidate for any elective public office, to take a leave of absence during his or her candidacy. This subsection does not affect the authority of a political subdivision to regulate the conduct of a public employee while the public employee is on duty or otherwise acting in an official capacity.