2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 15, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Stroebel, Wanggaard, Nass and Jacque,
cosponsored by Representatives
Brooks, Skowronski and Tusler. Referred
to Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce
1An Act to amend
60.31 (3) (b) and 755.03 (1) of the statutes; relating to:
2changing the official bond requirements for town municipal judges.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes a town board to choose whether to require a municipal town
judge to execute and file an official bond with the town clerk upon his or her election
or appointment. If the town does not require a municipal judge to execute and file
a bond, the town must obtain a dishonesty or other appropriate insurance policy that
covers the judge. These provisions are similar to current law provisions that apply
to city and village municipal judges.
For further information see the 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:
60.31 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Municipal judges shall take and file the official oath and, if
5required to do so by the town board, the official
under s. 755.03. If the town
6board does not require municipal judges to file an official bond, the board shall obtain
1a dishonesty or other appropriate insurance policy that covers the judges, as
2described in s. 755.03.
755.03 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
The judge shall, after election or appointment, take and file the 5
official oath as prescribed in s. 757.02 (1) and at the same time, if required to do so 6
by a city's or,
village's, or town's
governing body, execute and file an official bond in 7
an amount to be fixed by the governing body. If the governing body does not require 8
the judge to execute and file an official bond, the governing body shall obtain a 9
dishonesty insurance policy or other appropriate insurance policy that covers the 10
judge, in an amount fixed by the governing body, in lieu of the bond requirement. The 11
governing body shall pay the costs of the bond or insurance policy. No judge may act 12
as such until he or she has complied with the requirements of sub. (2).
(1) This act first applies to an individual who is elected or appointed municipal 15
judge on the effective date of this subsection.