2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
October 21, 2011 - Introduced by Senators Holperin, C. Larson and T. Cullen,
cosponsored by Representatives
Richards, Wynn, Berceau and Turner.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government
1An Act to repeal
16.61 (2) (b) 1. of the statutes; relating to: management and
2preservation of records and correspondence of members of the legislature.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, the Public Records Board supervises the state's public records
management and preservation program and may set retention schedules for public
records. Except as specifically authorized by law, no public record may be disposed
of without the approval of the board. With the approval of the board and compliance
with statutory standards, a state officer or agency may transfer public records to
microfilm format, and subject to standards prescribed in rules promulgated by the
Department of Administration, may transfer public records to optical disk or
electronic format. If applicable standards for transfer of the records are adhered to,
records reproductions in the authorized formats have the same status for evidentiary
purposes as the original records. In lieu of disposal, the board may transfer selected
public records to the State Historical Society for preservation. Currently, none of
these records management and preservation procedures apply to records and
correspondence of members of the legislature.
This bill deletes the current exception for records and correspondence of
members of the legislature, thereby making the records and correspondence subject
to the public records management and preservation program.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB248, s. 1
16.61 (2) (b) 1. of the statutes is repealed.