(a) Citations shall contain the State Seal and signature blocks for the president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, and the chief clerk of the house of origin.
(b) A citation shall be presented on either an 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch or an 8 inch by 14 inch form, artistically designed and suitable for framing, and the full text of the citation may not exceed a single page.
PROCEDURES DERIVED FROM STATE CONSTITUTION
10. Each house determines its rules.
Each house may determine the rules of its own proceedings and punish for contempt and disorderly behavior, as provided under section 8 of article IV of the constitution
Unless a different quorum is required by the state constitution for a specific action, a majority of the current membership constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, as provided under section 7 of article IV of the constitution
(2) Three-fifths of the members elected is the quorum necessary for passage or concurrence in either house of any "fiscal bill" under section 8 of article VIII of the constitution
. The votes shall be taken by ayes and noes and shall be so recorded in the journal. A "fiscal bill" is any bill which:
(a) Imposes, continues, or renews a tax.
(b) Creates a debt or charge.
(c) Makes, continues, or renews an appropriation of public or trust money.
(d) Releases, discharges, or commutes a claim or demand of the state.
(3) A majority of those present, even though a smaller number than a majority of the current membership is present, may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide, as provided under section 7 of article IV of the constitution
12. Required vote total.
Unless a different total vote is required by the state constitution, by law, or by legislative rule, for a specific action, all questions are decided by a majority of a quorum.
(a) As required by the state constitution, each of the bills or actions under pars. (am)
requires such higher affirmative vote total for passage or concurrence in either house. The vote is taken by ayes and noes and shall be so recorded in the journal.
(am) Three-fourths of all the members elected to both houses are necessary to approve any bill to grant increased retirement fund benefits under section 26 of article IV of the constitution
(b) Two-thirds of all the members elected to that house in which the member serves are necessary to approve the expulsion of a member under section 8 of article IV of the constitution
(c) Two-thirds of all the members elected to each house are necessary to remove a justice or judge by address of the legislature under section 13 of article VII of the constitution
(d) Two-thirds of the members present and constituting a quorum in each house are necessary to pass any bill, or to pass any part of an appropriation bill, notwithstanding the objections of the governor under section 10 of article V of the constitution
(e) Two-thirds of the senators present and constituting a quorum are necessary to convict in an impeachment trial under section 1 of article VII of the constitution
(f) A majority of all the members elected to each house is necessary to authorize state debt for extraordinary expenditures under section 6, or to authorize bonded indebtedness under section 7 of article VIII, or to give first or second consideration approval to any proposed amendment to the state constitution under section 1 of article XII of the constitution
(g) A majority of all the members elected to the assembly is necessary to vote an impeachment under section 1 of article VII of the constitution
(3) One-sixth of the members present of either house are necessary to require that the yeas and nays of the members of that house on any question be entered on the journal, as provided under section 20 of article IV of the constitution
13. Adjournment for more than 3 days.
As provided by section 10 of article IV of the constitution
, neither house shall, without the consent of the other house through approval of a joint resolution by both houses, adjourn for more than 3 consecutive days (Sundays excepted).
14. Stationery; reproduction of legislative documents.
All stationery purchased for the legislature shall be let by contract to the lowest responsible bidder, as provided under section 25 of article IV of the constitution
(2) Each house of the legislature may have publications and other matter reproduced in the manner provided by the rules of each house or the joint rules. In addition, the legislature or either house thereof may provide by rule, and the joint committee on legislative organization may provide by motion with the ayes and noes recorded in its minutes, for reproduction of materials for the legislature in any form, manner, or amount which in the judgment of the legislature, the house, or the joint committee best serves the interests of the people of the state, except that where there is a contract for reproduction with which the reproduction would conflict, the contract continues to govern until it expires.
(3) For any legislative document originating in one house of the legislature and to be reproduced for both houses of the legislature, the joint committee on legislative organization may determine the number of copies routinely to be reproduced unless otherwise provided by law, joint rule, or resolution but the chief clerks of the senate and assembly, acting jointly, may authorize the reproduction of additional copies if warranted by the anticipated requests.
21. Joint hearings of standing committees.
The chairpersons of corresponding committees of both houses or committees having corresponding proposals referred to them shall arrange joint hearings of their committees to consider the proposals if, in their judgment, the business of the legislature and the convenience of the members and the public, who are interested in the proposals, will be promoted thereby. The proposals to be considered, the time and place of the hearings, who presides at the hearings, and any other matters convenient to the hearings may be agreed upon by the chairpersons. Joint hearings may also be arranged to consider a proposal introduced or offered in only one house which will require consideration in both houses. The joint hearings take the place of separate hearings and are final unless the house in which the proposal is pending orders a further hearing before its own committee.
22. Cochairpersons of joint committees.
All standing or special joint committees shall have a senate and an assembly cochairperson. Unless otherwise provided by both cochairpersons, a meeting of a joint committee shall be chaired by the cochairperson from the house that referred the business then before the joint committee.
23. Joint committee on legislative organization.
There is created a joint committee on legislative organization consisting of the speaker of the assembly, the president of the senate, the majority and minority leader of each house, and the assistant majority and minority leader of each house.
(2) The committee has the powers and responsibilities conferred upon it by statute or by the joint rules and may take appropriate action thereunder. The committee shall recommend to the houses any action it considers likely to more closely coordinate the work of the 2 houses or to save expenses or increase the efficiency of the legislature.
(3) The committee shall adopt a policy for the preservation of historically significant electronic records of legislative business that are maintained by the chief clerks of the 2 houses.
(4) The committee shall adopt a continuity of operations plan for the purpose of meeting at a temporary seat of government to conduct legislative business as provided under section 323.51 (1m)
of the statutes.
25. Funeral delegation.
A joint delegation consisting of members of the senate appointed by the president and of members of the assembly appointed by the speaker shall attend the funeral of any deceased member of the legislature.
27. Committee hearings open to public.
Unless otherwise provided by law, every committee hearing, executive session, or other meeting is open to the public. If time permits, advance notice of every regularly scheduled committee hearing, executive session, or other meeting is published as provided in joint rule 75
31. Record of committee proceedings.
The chairperson or acting chairperson of each committee of the legislature shall keep a record of the committee's proceedings containing the following information:
(a) The date, time, place, and subject of each hearing, and of each meeting of the committee.
(b) The attendance of committee members at each meeting.
(c) The name of each person appearing before the committee, with the name of the person or persons and the name of the group or organization on whose behalf the appearance is made.
(d) The vote of each member on all motions, proposals, amendments, appointments, or administrative rules acted upon.
(2) The record shall be ready and approved before the expiration of 10 days after each committee meeting or at the next regular meeting of the committee, whichever is earlier.
(3) Any member of a joint committee who is opposed to the committee's majority report may, at the time of the committee's final vote on the matter, notify the chairperson of his or her intent to file a minority report and may then file the report with the chairperson no later than the 2nd business day after the vote. For any joint committee or committee of conference the committee report, including any minority report, may be provided to the members as decided by the presiding officer for each house.
(4) The committee shall file, in the jacket envelope of every proposal, appointment, or administrative rule reported by it, the original record of the committee's proceedings containing the information compiled under sub. (1)
for the proposal, appointment, or administrative rule.
32. Certification of passage of, or adoption of and concurrence in, proposals.
The chief clerk of each house shall supervise the entry of actions by that house in the history file for any proposal. The chief clerk of each house shall include the history entries in the jacket envelope before submitting the jacket to the chief clerk of the other house. The entries shall include the following:
(a) The number and relating clause of the proposal.
(b) The name of the member, members, or committee introducing or offering the proposal.
(c) If appropriate, the name of the individual or organization requesting the proposal.
(d) The dates of introduction, reference to committee, and all subsequent actions pertaining to the proposal, including any motion to end debate of the proposal.
(e) If appropriate, the date on which a fiscal estimate is received.
(f) The date of each public hearing.
(g) The date and resolution number of any request, approved by that house, for an opinion of the attorney general, and the date on which the opinion was received.
(h) The date of any clerical correction in the proposal as authorized by joint rule 56
(i) The date and authorizing chief clerk for any reproduction of a proposal with all adopted amendments engrossed therein or of any major amendment thereto as authorized by joint rule 63
(j) Any other appropriate information, as determined by the chief clerk.
(3) Each house shall provide by rule the manner by which the passage by or adoption of and concurrence in that house of proposals are certified.
33. Book of enrolled bills.
The chief clerk of each house shall keep a book in which the chief clerk enters the date on which any enrolled bill, originating in that house, is presented to the governor for approval. The chief clerk's entry shall show the number of the bill, and shall be countersigned by an employee of the office of the governor.
(2) The books shall similarly show the day of deposit in the office of the secretary of state of bills that become law without the signature of the governor, of bills passed notwithstanding the objections of the governor, and of resolutions required to be published.
34. Presentment of enrolled bills to governor.
After an enrolled bill has been signed by the appropriate officer or officers certifying to its passage, it shall be presented, as provided in the session schedule or by other legislative rule, by the chief clerk of the house in which it originated to the governor for approval.
35. Assignment of enrolled joint resolution numbers.
The chief clerk, in cooperation with the secretary of state, shall assign an enrolled joint resolution number to any joint resolution amending the constitution and may assign an enrolled joint resolution number to any other joint resolution if the joint resolution originated in the chief clerk's house.
FISCAL ESTIMATE PROCEDURE
41. When fiscal estimates required or permitted.