2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 8, 2016 - Introduced by Senators Wanggaard, LeMahieu,
Kapenga, Stroebel, Nass and Lazich, cosponsored by Representatives
Sanfelippo, Brandtjen, Allen, Born, Craig, Duchow, Gannon, Kremer, J.
Ott, Rodriguez, Skowronski and Weatherston. Referred to Committee on
Elections and Local Government.
1An Act to amend
6.34 (3) (a) 3.; and to create
66.0438 of the statutes;
2to: regulating the production and use of photo identification cards by local units
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill prohibits towns and counties from issuing, or expending funds for the
issuance of a photo identification card for any resident of the town or county, other
than an employment-related identification card for employees of the town or county.
The bill also provides that an ID card issued by a city or village may not be used
for voting, registration for voting, or to obtain public benefits, such as Wisconsin
Works, including Wisconsin Shares; the food stamp program; the Medical Assistance
program; and the programs that provide state supplemental payments to persons
receiving federal supplemental security income. Under the bill, if a city or village
issues an ID card, the card must state clearly on its face that the card is not
authorized for voting purposes.
The bill specifies that any card issued by a city, village, town, or county that had
been used as an identification document for proof of residence for voting registration
may no longer be used for that purpose.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
6.34 (3) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 3. Any Subject to s. 66.0438, any
other official identification card 3
or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
66.0438 of the statutes is created to read:
566.0438 Limitations on locally issued identification cards. (1) 6Definition.
In this section, "public assistance benefits" means services, benefits, 7
payments, or other assistance provided under a program administered by the 8
department of health services or the department of children and families under s. 9
253.06 or ch. 49.
10(2) Towns and counties.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), no town or county 11
may issue, or expend any funds for the issuance of, a photo identification card for any 12
resident of the town or county.
(b) Notwithstanding par. (a), a town or county may issue, or expend funds for 14
the issuance of, a photo identification card for any employee of the town or county 15
that relates to the employee's job duties.
(c) If a town or county has issued an identification card, other than a card 17
described in par. (b), that has been used before the effective date of this paragraph 18
.... [LRB inserts date], as an identification document to establish proof of residence 19
under s. 6.34 (3) (a) 3., that card is not valid for such purposes on or after the effective 20
date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date].
21(3) Cities and villages.
(a) If a city or village issues, or expends funds for the 22
issuance of, a photo identification card for any resident of the city or village, the card 23
must state clearly on its face, in 12 point type, "Not authorized for voting purposes."
(b) A photo identification card issued by, or at the direction of, a city or village, 25
as described under par. (a), may not be used for any of the following purposes:
1. As an identification document to establish proof of residence under s. 6.34 2
(3) (a) 3.
2. As proof of identification under s. 6.79 (2), 6.82 (1) (a), 6.86, 6.87, or 6.875.
3. To obtain public assistance benefits.
(c) If a city or village has issued an identification card that has been used before 6
the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], as an identification 7
document to establish proof of residence under s. 6.34 (3) (a) 3., that card is not valid 8
for such purposes on or after the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts 9