2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 7, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Jacque, Marklein, Olsen and Wanggaard,
cosponsored by Representatives
Petryk, Kulp, Tusler, Brandtjen, Brooks,
Crowley, Edming, Horlacher, Kerkman, Kuglitsch, Murphy, Mursau,
Ramthun, Skowronski, Sortwell, C. Taylor, Tittl, VanderMeer and
Wichgers. Referred to Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military
1An Act to amend
343.14 (2) (j); and to create
343.01 (2) (j) of the statutes; 2relating to: indication of veteran status on an operator's license or
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a veteran of the U.S. armed forces may elect to indicate his
or her veteran status on his or her Wisconsin operator's license or identification card.
“Veteran" is a defined term that includes individuals who have served a specified
period of active duty in the U.S. armed forces.
This bill creates a definition of “veteran" that includes any current or former
member of the U.S. armed forces, a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces, or the
national guard for the purpose of enabling such a person to indicate on his or her
operator's license or identification card that he or she is a veteran.
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:
343.01 (2) (j) of the statutes is created to read:
(j) “Veteran," for purposes of ss. 343.14 and 343.17 only, means all 6
of the following:
1. A current member of the U.S. armed forces, a reserve unit of the U.S. armed 2
forces, or the national guard.
2. A former member of the U.S. armed forces, a reserve unit of the U.S. armed 4
forces, or the national guard who received a discharge other than dishonorable.
343.14 (2) (j) of the statutes is amended to read:
(j) A statement as to whether the applicant is a veteran, as defined
7in s. 45.01 (12),
and, if so, whether the applicant wishes to have his or her veteran 8
status indicated on the license or identification card. If the applicant has indicated 9
that he or she is a veteran and wishes to have his or her veteran status indicated on 10
the license or identification card, the applicant shall provide verification from the 11
department of veterans affairs or a county veterans service officer that the applicant 12
is a veteran or verification of service in the national guard or a reserve unit of the U.S.
(1) This act first applies to applications that are received by the department of 16
transportation on the effective date of this subsection.