2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 16, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Erpenbach, Wirch,
Ringhand, C. Larson, Shilling and Risser, cosponsored by Representatives
Hesselbein, Wachs, Hebl, Kessler, Pope, Sargent, Berceau, Brostoff,
Fields, Billings, Considine, C. Taylor, Sinicki, Ohnstad, Subeck, Genrich,
Shankland, Zamarripa, Anderson and Bowen. Referred to Committee on
Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government.
1An Act to amend
66.0509 (4); and
66.0509 (1r) of the statutes; 2relating to: requiring a local governmental unit to create a civil service system
3with a just cause standard of discipline for its employees.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, a local governmental unit, which includes a city, village, town,
county, school district, and sewerage district, other than a sewerage commission
established by a first class city (currently only Milwaukee), must establish a civil
service system by January 1, 2019, that provides that an employee with permanent
status in class may be removed, suspended without pay, discharged, reduced in base
pay, or demoted, or has his or her contract nonrenewed, only for just cause. This
provision is similar to a provision in current law that applies to state employees in
the classified service with permanent status in class and to certain assistant district
attorneys. The bill also requires that the civil service system include a grievance
procedure that provides for a hearing before an impartial hearing officer mutually
agreed to by the parties.
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:
66.0509 (1r) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), a local governmental unit, as 3
defined in s. 66.0131 (1) (a), shall establish a civil service system by January 1, 2019. 4
The civil service system shall include the provisions under sub. (1m) (c) and (d) and 5
shall include a grievance procedure that provides for a hearing before an impartial 6
hearing officer mutually agreed to by the parties, unless explicitly provided 7
otherwise by statute. The system shall also provide that an employee with 8
permanent status in class, as defined in the system, may be removed, suspended 9
without pay, discharged, reduced in base pay, or demoted, or have his or her contract 10
nonrenewed, only for just cause.
(b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a metropolitan sewerage district created 12
under subch. II of ch. 200.
66.0509 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
Any civil service system established under the provisions of this 15
section shall provide for the appointment of a civil service board or commission and 16
for the removal of the members of the board or commission for cause by the mayor 17
with approval of the council, by the city manager and the council in a city organized 18
under ss. 64.01 to 64.15, and,
by the board in a village or town, by the board of a
19county to which subch. I of ch. 63 does not apply, and by the governing body of a
20special purpose district