Section 35.93 (3) (b)
, stats., requires the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) to include in the electronically published-Wisconsin administrative code, "all permanent rules in force, except that the legislative reference bureau may omit tables and graphic images from publication in a particular electronic file format if the legislative reference bureau determines that the tables and graphic images are incompatible with that electronic file format."
The Wisconsin Administrative Code presented in PDF format files on this website is an exact reproduction both as to content and format of the LRB computer files used to create, maintain, and store the Wisconsin Administrative Code. These PDF files include all permanent rules in force, including all tables and graphics.
The HTML Wisconsin Administrative Code presented on this website is an exact reproduction of the content, except for certain tables and graphics noted in those files, but not the format, of the LRB computer files used to create, maintain, and store the content of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Under s. 889.01
, stats., "(e)lectronic documents purporting to be published by the legislative reference bureau under . . . (s.) 35.93 as copies of Wisconsin's . . . administrative rules are prima facie evidence that they are such publications as they purport to be and are correct copies of such statutes, legislative acts, and administrative rules." The PDF files on this site are the complete administrative rules they are represented to be, while the HTML files are the complete adminsitrative rules they are represented to be, except for tables or graphic images excluded from those files as specifically noted within the text of the files, and those files may be cited accordingly.
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