2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 20, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Wachs, Ott, E. Brooks, Anderson,
Berceau, Bernier, Billings, Bowen, Brostoff, Considine, Doyle, Genrich,
Goyke, Hebl, Hintz, Jarchow, Kessler, Kolste, Kremer, Kulp, Mursau,
Ohnstad, Pope, Quinn, Sargent, Shankland, Skowronski, Spreitzer, Subeck
and C. Taylor, cosponsored by Senators Stroebel, Carpenter, Cowles, Nass,
Risser and Vinehout. Referred to Committee on Constitution and Ethics.
1An Act to create
19.45 (8m) of the statutes; relating to: employment by a former
2member of the legislature as a lobbyist.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill prohibits any individual who serves as a member of the legislature, for
12 months following the date on which the individual ceases to hold office, from being
employed as a lobbyist. “Lobbyist" is defined as an individual who is compensated
by a principal and whose duties include attempting to influence state legislative
action or state administrative rule-making action on behalf of the principal; if an
individual's duties on behalf of a principal are not limited exclusively to lobbying, the
individual is a lobbyist only if he or she makes lobbying communications on each of
at least five days during a six-month reporting period.
Violators of the prohibition are subject to a forfeiture (civil penalty) of not more
than $5,000 for each violation. Intentional violators are guilty of a misdemeanor and
are subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 or imprisonment for
not more than one year or both for each violation.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
19.45 (8m) of the statutes is created to read:
No individual who serves as a member of the legislature, for 12 2
months following the date on which the individual ceases to hold office, may be 3
employed as a lobbyist, as defined in s. 13.62 (11).