2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
January 23, 2003 - Introduced by Representative Freese. Referred to Committee
assembly rule 11 (4), assembly rule 12, assembly rule 30 (1), assembly 2
rule 31 (7), assembly rule 32 (1) (a), assembly rule 39 (1), assembly rule 41 (1), 3
assembly rule 50 (1), assembly rule 56 (1), assembly rule 58 (3), assembly rule 4
73 (9) and assembly rule 93 (4); and to create
assembly rule 99; relating to:
5the assembly rules.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This resolution makes changes to the assembly rules as follows:
This resolution prohibits the introduction or offering of any assembly joint
resolution or resolution memorializing Congress or any branch or officer of the
federal government. The resolution also prohibits the assembly from receiving a
senate joint resolution memorializing Congress or any branch or officer of the federal
government. The resolution requires each such senate joint resolution to be
transmitted back to the senate immediately after the message referring to the senate
joint resolution is read.
Calling a member to order
Currently, when a member is called to order for the alleged use of improper or
disorderly language, the specific words to which exception has been taken must be
put in writing to enable the presiding officer to better judge whether the words
spoken were in violation of the assembly rules. This resolution clarifies that the
member who questions the orderliness of the remarks must provide this written
statement to the presiding officer.
Meetings of the rules committee during session days
Currently, the assembly rules prohibit any committee from meeting while the
assembly is in session, except for a conference committee. This resolution also
permits the assembly rules committee to meet while the assembly is in session.
Votes in committee
Currently, the rules require all committee votes to be taken in the presence of
the committee and prohibit a member from being recorded as voting unless the
member is present at the committee session when the vote is taken. The rule does
not apply to the committee on assembly organization or the joint committee on
legislative organization. This resolution applies the rule to the assembly committee
on organization and exempts from the rule all joint committees.
Returning proposals to the amendable stage
Currently, the rules state that, when a motion to reconsider is entered to return
a proposal to the amendable stage, the maker of the motion may offer one new
amendment to the proposal. This resolution specifies, instead, that while such a
motion is pending any member may offer new amendments to the proposal before the
vote on the motion to reconsider.
Recognizing or addressing a member
Under current assembly rules, while the members are on the assembly floor, the
members may address each other only by either the number of the member's district
or by the county or municipality in which the member resides. Under this resolution,
the members may address each other only by the number of the member's district.
Motions for reconsideration
Under current assembly rules, under the 7th order of business on a session day,
the assembly may consider motions for reconsideration of passage, indefinite
postponement, concurrence, or nonconcurrence. Under this resolution, under the
7th order of business on a session day, the assembly may also make motions to
reconsider such matters.
Proposals in special, extended, or extraordinary sessions
Under this resolution, for a day in which the assembly sits in special, extended,
or extraordinary session, any proposals that are germane to such a session are
referred to that day's calendar and may be taken up immediately.
Call of the roll
This resolution requires that all members who are present at the start of a
session day be in their chairs for the call of the roll.
Fiscal estimates by legislative fiscal bureau
This resolution permits the speaker or presiding officer to request the
legislative fiscal bureau to prepare an original fiscal estimate on a bill if the speaker
or officer believes that the state agency assigned to prepare the estimate will not
complete it in time for legislative action.
1Resolved by the assembly, That:
Assembly rule 11 (4) is amended to read:
11 (4) All committee votes shall be taken in the presence of the 3
committee. A member may not be recorded as voting unless the member is present 4
at the committee session when the vote is taken. This subsection does not apply to 5the committee on assembly organization, to the a
joint committee on legislative
or to the joint legislative council.
AR3, s. 2
rule 12 is amended to read:
12. Committees not to meet during daily session.
for conference committees and the committee on rules
, a committee may not meet 10
while the assembly is in session.
AR3, s. 3
rule 30 (1) is amended to read:
30 (1) The call of the roll to record attendance shall be taken 13
in the same manner as a roll call vote. All members who are present shall be in their
14chairs for the call of the roll.
A list of those present and absent shall be entered in 15
the journal. A member who arrives late may, with the approval of the assembly, be 16
recorded as present.
AR3, s. 4
rule 31 (7) is amended to read:
31 (7) Seventh order. Consideration Making and consideration 19
of motions for reconsideration of passage, indefinite postponement, concurrence, or 20
AR3, s. 5
rule 32 (1) (a) is amended to read:
32 (1) (a)
Messages Except as otherwise provided in this
from the senate or from the governor may be received and read, 24
and any proposal referenced in the messages that is a senate proposal initially 25
received for consideration of the assembly shall be referred and any other proposals
referenced in the messages shall be taken up immediately unless referred by the 2
presiding officer to a standing committee or to the calendar. Any messages from the
3senate referring to a senate joint resolution memorializing Congress or any branch
4or officer of the federal government that is received for consideration of the assembly
5may be read but the senate joint resolution may not be received for consideration.
6The senate joint resolution shall be transmitted to the senate immediately after the
7message is read
AR3, s. 6
rule 39 (1) is amended to read:
39 (1) Except as otherwise provided in joint rule 83 (2) and this
, any member or standing committee may introduce or offer proposals in 11
the assembly on any day of the biennial legislative session. No member or standing
12committee may offer any assembly joint resolution or resolution memorializing
13Congress or any branch or officer of the federal government.
AR3, s. 7
rule 41 (1) is amended to read:
41 (1) Except as further provided in subs. (2) and (3) and except
16as otherwise provided in this subsection
, any assembly joint resolution or resolution, 17
and any senate joint resolution received by the assembly for consideration, shall 18
receive a reading on each of 2 separate and nonconsecutive legislative days under the 19
appropriate order of business designated in rule 31. Unless otherwise ordered, each 20
reading shall consist of reading the relating clause in the resolution's title or on first 21
reading be as provided in rule 42 (2) or (3). This subsection does not apply to any
22senate joint resolution that the assembly is prohibited from considering under rule
2332 (1) (a).
AR3, s. 8
rule 50 (1) is amended to read:
50 (1) Each proposal that passes or is adopted after a 3rd 2
reading, and each senate proposal adversely disposed of by the assembly, shall be 3
transmitted, along with a certified report of the assembly's action,
to the senate 4
immediately after failure of
any motion to reconsider the passage, adoption, or 5
adverse disposition fails, as applicable,
or the expiration of the
time for making the 6such a
motion expires, together with a certified report of the assembly's action
AR3, s. 9
rule 56 (1) is amended to read:
56 (1) Any member who desires to speak in debate or submit 9
any matter to the assembly shall rise in his or her assigned place and respectfully 10
address the presiding officer. Upon being recognized, the member shall confine his 11
or her remarks to the question before the assembly and shall avoid personalities. A 12
member may be recognized or addressed only by the number of the member's district 13or by the county or municipality in which the member resides
AR3, s. 10
rule 58 (3) is amended to read:
58 (3) When the orderliness of remarks made by
a member is 16called to order for questioned under sub. (1) based on
use of improper or 17
disorderly language, the member questioning the orderliness shall give the
18presiding officer a written statement containing the
specific words to which 19
exception has been taken shall be put in writing
, thus enabling the presiding officer 20
better to be able to judge whether the words spoken were in violation of the assembly 21