2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 13, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Wirch,
Bewley, Carpenter, Erpenbach,
Hansen, C. Larson, Miller, Ringhand, Shilling and Vinehout, cosponsored
by Representatives Hesselbein, Anderson, Berceau, Billings, Brostoff,
Crowley, Hebl, Kolste, Mason, Milroy, Ohnstad, Pope, Shankland, Sinicki,
Spreitzer, Subeck, C. Taylor, Wachs, Young and Zepnick. Referred to
Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.
1An Act to amend
15.05 (1) (c), 15.34 (2) (a) and 17.20 (1) of the statutes;
2to: the appointment and term of service of the secretary of natural resources
3and vacancies on the Natural Resources Board.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill changes the method for appointing the secretary of natural resources
and members of the Natural Resources Board and makes changes to the length of the
secretary's term under certain circumstances.
Under this bill, the secretary of natural resources is nominated by the Natural
Resources Board and appointed with the advice and consent of the senate for a
four-year term. The bill provides that the secretary in office when the bill takes
effect serves a four-year term beginning when the bill takes effect. Under current
law, the secretary is nominated by the governor and appointed with the advice and
consent of the senate to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
The bill also provides that, when the office of secretary becomes vacant, the new
appointee will serve a full four-year term beginning when he or she is appointed.
Under current law, when an appointive state office that has a specific term becomes
vacant, the new appointee is appointed for the rest of the unexpired term.
The Natural Resources Board consists of seven members nominated by the
governor and appointed with the advice and consent of the senate for six-year terms.
This bill provides that a board member's position becomes vacant upon the
expiration of the member's term, which would allow the governor to provisionally fill
the vacancy until the senate acts on the appointment. This change first applies to
a position held by a board member nominated after January 1, 2018. Under current
law, a member of the Natural Resources Board whose term has expired may continue
to serve after the expiration of his or her term until a successor is nominated by the
governor and the senate consents to the nomination.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
15.05 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) The secretary of natural resources shall be nominated by the 3governor natural resources board
, and with the advice and consent of the senate 4
appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor
for a 4-year term
15.34 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) The natural resources board shall consist of 7 members appointed 7
for staggered 6-year terms. Upon the expiration of the term of a member nominated
8after January 1, 2018, the position that was held by the member is vacant.
17.20 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
17.20 (1) General.
Vacancies in appointive state offices shall be filled by 11
appointment by the appointing power and in the manner prescribed by law for 12
making regular full term appointments thereto, and appointees to fill vacancies 13
therein shall hold office for the residue of the unexpired term or, if no definite term 14
of office is fixed by law, until their successors are appointed and qualify, except that
15an appointee to fill a vacancy in the office of secretary of natural resources is
16appointed to a full 4-year term beginning on the date of appointment and
(1) The secretary of natural resources serving on the effective date of this 2
subsection shall serve a 4-year term beginning on the effective date of this 3