2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
May 13, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Pocan, Berceau, Bies, Black, J.
Lehman, Miller, Staskunas and J. Wood, cosponsored by Senators
Carpenter, Hansen and Risser. Referred to Committee on Campaigns and
1An Act to repeal
11.37 (2); to renumber and amend
11.37 (1); and to amend
20.855 (6) (h) and 20.916 (7) of the statutes; relating to: use of vehicles and
3aircraft owned or leased by the state for purposes of political campaigning.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, no person may use any vehicle or aircraft owned by the state or by
any local government for any trip made exclusively for the purpose of political
campaigning, unless use of the vehicle or aircraft is required for the purpose of
security protection provided to the person by the state or local government. In
addition, no person may use any vehicle or aircraft owned by the state or by any local
government for purposes which include political campaigning unless the person pays
to the state or local government a fee, determined by law, that is based upon the
portion of the use that is attributable to political campaigning.
This bill precludes any person from using any vehicle or aircraft that is owned
or leased by the state or a local government for any trip, the purposes of which include
political campaigning. Violators are subject to a forfeiture (civil penalty) not
exceeding $500 for each violation. Intentional violators are guilty of a misdemeanor
and may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB333, s. 1
11.37 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 11.37 and amended to read:
211.37 Travel by public officers.
No person may use any vehicle or aircraft 3
owned or leased
by the state or by any local governmental unit for any trip which is
the purposes of which include
campaigning in support of or in 5
opposition to any candidate for national, state,
or local office, unless use of the vehicle
6or aircraft is required for purposes of security protection provided by the state or local
AB333, s. 2
11.37 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
AB333, s. 3
20.855 (6) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
(h) Vehicle and aircraft receipts.
The amounts in the schedule for 11
the purpose of subsidizing the cost of operation, maintenance,
and depreciation of the 12
vehicles and aircraft owned by the state
. All moneys received by state agencies under 13ss. 11.37 and s.
20.916 (7) for
political and other
personal uses of state-owned 14
vehicles and aircraft shall be credited to this appropriation account
. The department 15
of administration may transfer moneys from this appropriation to the proper 16
appropriation of any state agency from which state vehicle and aircraft costs are 17
AB333, s. 4
20.916 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
20.916 (7) Personal use of state vehicles and aircraft.
With the approval of 20
the secretary of administration, a state officer or employee may use a state-owned 21
motor vehicle or state-owned aircraft for personal use, except as otherwise provided
22in s. 11.37
. An officer or employee shall reimburse the state for personal use of a 23
state-owned motor vehicle at the same reimbursement rate provided an employee 24
by the state for the use of his or her personal automobile on state business as 25
approved in the schedule under sub. (8). An officer or employee shall reimburse the
state for personal use of a state-owned aircraft at a rate determined by the secretary 2
of administration which covers all costs associated with the operation of the aircraft.