2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 7, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Tusler, McGuire, Born, Ott,
Bowen, Edming, Kurtz, Mursau, Neubauer, Novak, Petryk, Riemer, Schraa,
Tittl, Zamarripa and Vruwink, cosponsored by Senators Wanggaard and
Bernier. Referred to Committee on Government Accountability and
1An Act to repeal
978.001 (1p) and 978.11; to amend
13.093 (2) (a), 230.33 (1), 2
978.03, 978.045 (1g), 978.045 (1r) (bm) (intro.), 978.045 (2), 978.05 (9) and 3
978.12 (1) (c); and to create
13.0967, 15.105 (7), 15.77, 20.548, 20.923 (4) (f) 7x., 4
20.923 (6) (hs), 230.08 (2) (qp), 978.001 (1b), (1d) and (1n), 978.003, 978.004 and 5
978.005 of the statutes; relating to: creation of a prosecutor board and a state
6prosecutors office and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates an independent prosecutor board that oversees and sets
policies for a state prosecutors office, also created in this bill. Under this bill, the
executive director of the state prosecutors office manages the office; prepares
personnel policies, fiscal estimates, and an annual report; and represents the board
before the governor, the legislature, bar associations, and courts. The executive
director may also identify methods and practices for district attorneys that promote
professional competence and ethical practices. Under this bill, the state prosecutors
office assumes duties relating to district attorneys that current law assigns to the
Department of Administration, such as preparing a budget for all of the prosecutorial
units, approving appointments of special prosecutors when needed, and making
requests for assistant district attorneys in certain prosecutorial units.
For further information see the state 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:
13.093 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Any bill making an appropriation, any bill increasing or 3
decreasing existing appropriations or state or general local government fiscal 4
liability or revenues, and any bill that modifies an existing surcharge or creates a 5
new surcharge that is imposed under ch. 814, shall, before any vote is taken thereon 6
by either house of the legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, 7
or before any public hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public 8
hearing is held, before any vote is taken by the committee, incorporate a reliable 9
estimate of the anticipated change in appropriation authority or state or general 10
local government fiscal liability or revenues under the bill, including to the extent 11
possible a projection of such changes in future biennia. The estimate shall also 12
indicate whether any increased costs incurred by the state under the bill can be 13
mitigated through the use of contractual service contracts let in accordance with 14
competitive procedures. For purposes of this paragraph, a bill increasing or 15
decreasing the liability or revenues of the unemployment reserve fund is considered 16
to increase or decrease state fiscal liability or revenues. Except as otherwise 17
provided by joint rules of the legislature or this paragraph, such estimates shall be 18
made by the department or agency administering the appropriation or fund or 19
collecting the revenue. The legislative council staff shall prepare the fiscal estimate 20
with respect to the provisions of any bill referred to the joint survey committee on 21
retirement systems which create or modify any system for, or make any provision for,
the retirement of or payment of pensions to public officers or employees. The director 2
of state courts shall prepare the fiscal estimate with respect to the provisions of any 3
bill that modifies an existing surcharge or creates a new surcharge that is imposed 4
under ch. 814. The executive director of the state prosecutors office shall prepare the
5fiscal estimate with respect to the provisions of any bill that affects prosecutors or
6the state prosecutors office, including bills modifying or creating crimes or
When a fiscal estimate is prepared after the bill has been 8
introduced, it shall be printed and distributed as are amendments.
13.0967 of the statutes is created to read:
1013.0967 Review of bills affecting state prosecutors office.
Any bill that 11
is introduced in either house of the legislature that directly affects the state 12
prosecutors office shall have a notation to that effect on its jacket when the jacket is 13
prepared. When a bill that has that notation on the jacket is introduced, the 14
legislative reference bureau shall submit a copy of the bill to the state prosecutors 15
15.105 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
15.105 (7) State prosecutors office.
There is created a prosecutors office that 18
is attached to the department of administration under s. 15.03. The executive 19
director shall be appointed by the prosecutor board.
15.77 of the statutes is created to read:
2115.77 Prosecutor board.
There is created a prosecutor board consisting of 22
11 members, appointed for staggered 3-year terms, as follows:
From each district under s. 752.11 (1) (b), (c), and (d), 2 district attorneys 24
appointed by a majority of district attorneys from the district.
From the district under s. 752.11 (1) (a), the district attorney and a deputy 2
district attorney appointed by the district attorney.
Two nonelected prosecutors, each from a different county, appointed by a 4
majority of nonelected prosecutors. Under this subsection, “prosecutor” does not 5
include a special prosecutor appointed under s. 978.045 or 978.05 (8) (b).
The attorney general or his or her designee.
20.548 of the statutes is created to read:
1020.548 Prosecutor board.
There is appropriated to the prosecutor board for 11
the following program:
12(1) Coordination and administration of prosecutor functions.
The amounts in the schedule for program administration costs of 14
the office of state prosecutors.
(g) Gifts, grants, and proceeds.
All moneys received from gifts and grants and 16
all proceeds from services, conferences, and sales of publications and promotional 17
materials for the purposes for which made or received.
20.923 (4) (f) 7x. of the statutes is created to read:
(f) 7x. State prosecutors office: executive director.
20.923 (6) (hs) of the statutes is created to read:
(hs) State prosecutors office: legislative liaison.
230.08 (2) (qp) of the statutes is created to read:
(qp) The executive director and legislative liaison in the office of 5
230.33 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
A person appointed to an unclassified position by the governor, 8
elected officer, judicial body, or prosecutor board,
or by a legislative body or 9
committee shall be granted a leave of absence without pay for the duration of the 10
appointment and for 3 months thereafter, during which time the person has 11
restoration rights to the former position or equivalent position in the department in 12
which last employed in a classified position without loss of seniority. The person 13
shall also have reinstatement privileges for 5 years following appointment to the 14
unclassified service or for one year after termination of the unclassified appointment 15
whichever is longer. Restoration rights and reinstatement privileges shall be 16
forfeited if the reason for termination of the unclassified appointment would also be 17
reason for discharge from the former position in the classified service.
978.001 (1b), (1d) and (1n) of the statutes are created to read:
“Board" means the prosecutor board.
“Executive director" means the executive director appointed under s. 21
“Office" means the state prosecutors office.
978.001 (1p) of the statutes is repealed.
978.003 of the statutes is created to read:
25978.003 Board; duties.
The board shall do all of the following:
Submit the budget in accordance with s. 16.42 after the executive director 2
submits the budget to the board and the board approves it.
At least annually submit to the joint committee on finance 4
recommendations on the allocation of prosecutor resources.
Appoint an attorney with experience in criminal prosecution as the 6
executive director of the office.
Oversee, and set policy initiatives for, the executive director.
Review existing law or proposed legislation and make recommendations to 9
978.004 of the statutes is created to read:
11978.004 State prosecutors office executive director. (1)
The executive 12
director shall do all of the following: