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2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
May 26, 2009 - Introduced by Senators A. Lasee and Cowles, cosponsored by
Representatives Soletski, Bies, Berceau, Brooks, Mursau, A. Ott, Spanbauer,
Van Roy
and Zigmunt. Referred to Committee on Ethics Reform and
Government Operations.
SB217,1,3 1An Act to amend 13.63 (1) (b), 13.63 (2), 13.69 (4) and 13.69 (7); and to create
213.691 of the statutes; relating to: ineligibility of convicted felons for licensure
3as lobbyists.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, a lobbyist who is convicted of procuring his or her license by fraud
or perjury or any other person who is convicted of acting as a lobbyist without being
licensed is not eligible to be licensed as a lobbyist for a period of three years from the
date of that conviction. In addition, the license of any lobbyist who is convicted of a
violation of the lobbying regulation law may be revoked by the Government
Accountability Board for a period of not more than three years from the date of that
conviction, and a lobbyist who is convicted of a criminal violation of the lobbying
regulation law is ineligible for licensure as a lobbyist for a period of five years from
the date of that conviction.
This bill provides that no person who is convicted of a felony in any court of this
state or of the United States is eligible to be licensed as a lobbyist for a period of five
years from the date of conviction or until the person has served his or her sentence
and has otherwise satisfied the judgment against him or her, whichever is longer,
unless the person is pardoned of the conviction. The bill also directs the board to
revoke the license of any lobbyist upon conviction of the lobbyist of a felony in any
court of this state or of the United States. The bill provides that any person who
becomes ineligible for licensure as a lobbyist or whose license is revoked may apply
to the board for reinstatement of his of her license after the mandatory ineligibility

period. The board may then reinstate the person's license if the board finds that the
person is rehabilitated and of good professional repute.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB217, s. 1 1Section 1. 13.63 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB217,2,182 13.63 (1) (b) Except as provided under par. (am), the board shall not issue a
3license to an applicant who does not provide his or her social security number. The
4board shall not issue a license to an applicant or shall revoke any license issued to
5a lobbyist if the department of revenue certifies to the board that the applicant or
6lobbyist is liable for delinquent taxes under s. 73.0301. The board shall refuse to
7issue a license or shall suspend any existing license for failure of an applicant or
8licensee to pay court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance,
9birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child
10or former spouse or failure of an applicant or licensee to comply, after appropriate
11notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families
12or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and related to paternity or child
13support proceedings, as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into
14under s. 49.857. No application may be disapproved by the board except an
15application for a license by a person who is ineligible for licensure under this
16subsection or s. 13.69 (4) or 13.691 (1) or an application by a lobbyist whose license
17has been revoked under this subsection or s. 13.69 (7) or 13.691 (2) and only for the
18period of such ineligibility or revocation.
SB217, s. 2 19Section 2. 13.63 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB217,3,220 13.63 (2) Revocation of lobbying privileges. No lobbyist whose license has
21been revoked under s. 13.69 (7) or 13.691 (2) may engage in lobbying as a lobbyist for

1any principal unless or until such person has been reinstated to the practice of
2lobbying and duly licensed.
SB217, s. 3 3Section 3. 13.69 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB217,3,74 13.69 (4) Any lobbyist who procures his or her license by fraud or perjury or any
5person who acts as a lobbyist without being licensed may be required to forfeit not
6more than $1,000 and shall not be eligible to be licensed as a lobbyist for the period
7of 3 years from the date of such conviction, unless s. 13.691 (1) applies.
SB217, s. 4 8Section 4. 13.69 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB217,3,139 13.69 (7) In addition to the penalties imposed for violation of ss. 13.61 to 13.68,
10the license of any lobbyist who is convicted of a violation may be revoked for a period
11not to exceed 3 years and a lobbyist who is convicted of a criminal violation is
12ineligible for licensure for a period of 5 years from the date of conviction, unless s.
1313.691 (1) applies
.
SB217, s. 5 14Section 5. 13.691 of the statutes is created to read:
SB217,3,20 1513.691 Conviction of felony. (1) No person who is convicted of a felony in
16any court of this state or of the United States is eligible to be licensed as a lobbyist,
17for a period of 5 years from the date of conviction or until the person has served his
18or her sentence and has otherwise satisfied the judgment against him or her,
19whichever is longer, unless the person is pardoned of that conviction, and until the
20board has reinstated the privilege of the person to be licensed as a lobbyist.
SB217,3,22 21(2) The board shall revoke the license of any lobbyist upon conviction of the
22lobbyist of a felony in any court of this state or of the United States.
SB217,4,2 23(3) The board may reinstate the privilege of any person to be licensed as a
24lobbyist after the person becomes ineligible for licensure under sub. (1) or the
25person's license is revoked under sub. (2) if the period of ineligibility under sub. (1)

1has expired and the board finds that the person is rehabilitated and of good
2professional repute.
SB217,4,33 (End)
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