2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 18, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Loudenbeck, Spreitzer, Kolste,
Nerison, Ripp, Stafsholt and Vruwink, cosponsored by Senators Nass,
Stroebel and Ringhand. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
AB545,1,2 1An Act to amend 32.02 (3); and to create 32.03 (7) of the statutes; relating to:
2condemnation authority for certain railroad projects.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires that, in order for a railroad corporation to acquire by
condemnation any property or property interest that exceeds 100 feet in width, the
legislature must enact a law that states the legislature's findings that the railroad
corporation's acquisition serves the public interest and authorizes the acquisition of
the property or property interest. Generally, under current law, a railroad
corporation may acquire property or a property interest by condemnation when that
corporation is not able to acquire the property by gift or at an agreed price.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB545,1 3Section 1. 32.02 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB545,2,24 32.02 (3) Any Subject to s. 32.03 (7), any railroad corporation, any grantee of
5a permit to construct a dam to develop hydroelectric energy for sale to the public, any
6Wisconsin plank or turnpike road corporation, any drainage corporation, any

1interstate bridge corporation, or any corporation formed under chapter 288, laws of
, for any public purpose authorized by its articles of incorporation.
AB545,2 3Section 2. 32.03 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
AB545,2,74 32.03 (7) A railroad corporation may not acquire by condemnation any property
5or property interest that exceeds a width of 100 feet unless law is enacted that
6includes the legislative findings that the acquisition serves the public interest and
7that authorizes the acquisition.
AB545,2,88 (End)