2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
February 3, 2004 - Introduced by Representatives Musser, Hahn, Owens,
Kreibich, Hundertmark, Townsend, Taylor, Hines, Gunderson, Nass,
Turner, Ladwig, Albers, J. Wood, Van Roy, Bies, Loeffelholz, Petrowski,
Gronemus, Krawczyk, Hubler, Sherman, J. Lehman, Shilling and Vrakas,
cosponsored by Senators Brown, Schultz, A. Lasee, Roessler, Harsdorf, Zien,
Breske, Coggs, S. Fitzgerald and Moore. Referred to Committee on Veterans
and Military Affairs.
1An Act to renumber
45.35 (3); and to create
45.35 (3) (b) and 45.35 (4) (am) of 2
the statutes; relating to: requiring that the secretary, deputy secretary,
3executive assistant, and chief legal counsel of the Department of Veterans
4Affairs be veterans.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the members of the Board of Veterans Affairs (board) are
required to be veterans. Currently, the board appoints the secretary of the
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the secretary appoints the staff for DVA.
Current law requires that all DVA staff be veterans, if possible, and preference is
given to disabled veterans.
This bill requires that the secretary, deputy secretary, executive assistant, and
chief legal counsel of DVA be veterans.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB801, s. 1
45.35 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 45.35 (3) (a).
AB801, s. 2
45.35 (3) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) The board shall appoint the secretary. The secretary shall be a 2
AB801, s. 3
45.35 (4) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) The secretary may appoint a deputy secretary and an executive 5
assistant and may designate a person as chief legal counsel. The deputy secretary, 6
executive assistant, and chief legal counsel shall be veterans.
(1) This act first applies to persons appointed on or after the effective date of 9