13.09 Annotation The one man-one vote principle is inapplicable to legislative committees since that principle applies only to the exercise of legislative powers and those powers cannot constitutionally be delegated to these committees. There has been no unconstitutional delegation to the joint committee on finance. 63 Atty. Gen. 173.
13.09 Annotation Nonpartisanship is not a requirement of the committee clerk position, and the clerk does not work for a nonpartisan agency or perform nonpartisan budgetary or policy analysis. Nevertheless, given the nature of the clerk's responsibilities, a decision maker could reasonably consider an applicant's history of partisan activity. However, an applicant's political affiliation and the applicant's history of partisan activities are two distinct considerations. Albers-Anders v. Pocan, 905 F. Supp. 2d 944 (2012).
13.093 13.093 Reference of bills to joint committee on finance.
13.093(1)(1) All bills introduced in either house of the legislature for the appropriation of money, providing for revenue or relating to taxation shall be referred to the joint committee on finance before being passed.
13.093(2) (2)
13.093(2)(a)(a) Any bill making an appropriation, any bill increasing or decreasing existing appropriations or state or general local government fiscal liability or revenues, and any bill that modifies an existing surcharge or creates a new surcharge that is imposed under ch. 814, shall, before any vote is taken thereon by either house of the legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, or before any public hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public hearing is held, before any vote is taken by the committee, incorporate a reliable estimate of the anticipated change in appropriation authority or state or general local government fiscal liability or revenues under the bill, including to the extent possible a projection of such changes in future biennia. The estimate shall also indicate whether any increased costs incurred by the state under the bill can be mitigated through the use of contractual service contracts let in accordance with competitive procedures. For purposes of this paragraph, a bill increasing or decreasing the liability or revenues of the unemployment reserve fund is considered to increase or decrease state fiscal liability or revenues. Except as otherwise provided by joint rules of the legislature or this paragraph, such estimates shall be made by the department or agency administering the appropriation or fund or collecting the revenue. The legislative council staff shall prepare the fiscal estimate with respect to the provisions of any bill referred to the joint survey committee on 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 of state courts shall prepare the fiscal estimate with respect to the provisions of any bill that modifies an existing surcharge or creates a new surcharge that is imposed under ch. 814. When a fiscal estimate is prepared after the bill has been introduced, it shall be printed and distributed as are amendments.
13.093(2)(b) (b) Executive budget bills introduced under s. 16.47 (1) are exempt from the fiscal estimate requirement under par. (a) but shall, if they contain a provision affecting a public retirement fund or providing a tax exemption, be analyzed as to those provisions by the respective joint survey committee. If such a bill contains a provision providing a tax exemption, the bill shall be simultaneously referred to the joint survey committee on tax exemptions and the joint committee on finance. The report of the joint survey committee on tax exemptions shall be prepared within 60 days of introduction for bills introduced under s. 16.47 (1).
13.093 History History: 1971 c. 17; 1977 c. 29, 317; 1979 c. 34, 283; 1981 c. 20 s. 2n; 1981 c. 27 s. 1; Stats. 1981 s. 13.093; 1983 a. 8, 27; 1987 a. 4; 1989 a. 31; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 139; 2005 a. 89, 316.
13.095 13.095 Review of programs started with federal aid. State agencies responsible for the administration of federal contract or grant-in-aid programs shall promptly notify the federal aid management service of the department of administration whenever any program or project, financed wholly or partially from federal aids, would have to be continued from state funds because federal aid will be or has been curtailed or withdrawn or because the federal program from which the aid was received has or will be expired. The federal aid management service under s. 16.545 shall promptly notify the joint committee on finance of all notifications received from state agencies. The cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance may thereupon schedule a public hearing for the purpose of exploring alternatives with regard to the future in this state of the program for which federal aid will be or has been reduced or eliminated. The chief executive officer of the department or independent agency administering such program shall appear at the hearing for the information of the joint committee. The joint committee shall submit its recommendations including suggested legislation to the legislature.
13.095 History History: 1971 c. 169; 1973 c. 90; 1993 a. 184.
13.096 13.096 Review of bills establishing vehicle weight limit exceptions.
13.096(1)(1) Definition. In this section, "department" means the department of transportation.
13.096(2) (2)Report on bills establishing vehicle weight limit exceptions.
13.096(2)(a)(a) If any bill that is introduced in either house of the legislature directly or indirectly establishes an exception to the vehicle weight limits specified in ch. 348, the department shall prepare a report on the bill within 6 weeks after it is introduced. The department shall request information from any individual, organization or local government that the department considers likely to be affected by the proposed vehicle weight limit exceptions. Individuals, organizations and local governments shall comply with requests by the department for information that is reasonably necessary for the department to prepare the report. To the greatest extent possible, reports under this section shall be based on the information obtained by the department from individuals, organizations and local governments under this paragraph.
13.096(2)(b) (b) A bill that requires a report by the department under this section shall have that requirement noted on its jacket when the jacket is prepared. When a bill that requires a report under this section is introduced, the legislative reference bureau shall submit a copy of the bill to the department.
13.096(2)(c) (c) The report prepared under this section shall be printed as an appendix to that applicable bill and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments. The report shall be distributed before any vote is taken on the bill by either house of the legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, or before any public hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public hearing is held, before any vote is taken by the committee.
13.096(3) (3)Findings of the department to be contained in the report. The report of the department shall contain the following information with respect to each exception to a vehicle weight limit specified in ch. 348:
13.096(3)(a) (a) A statement of the problem addressed by the proposed vehicle weight limit exception, including all of the following:
13.096(3)(a)1. 1. Whether the current vehicle weight limit creates a hardship and, if so, the degree of the hardship.
13.096(3)(a)2. 2. The costs associated with complying with the current vehicle weight limit and any anticipated savings likely to result from the proposed vehicle weight limit exception.
13.096(3)(a)3. 3. Whether any other efforts have been made to resolve the problem addressed by the proposed vehicle weight limit exception.
13.096(3)(a)4. 4. The degree of control by motor carriers over the weight and weight distribution of the vehicle or load.
13.096(3)(b) (b) A description of the proposed vehicle weight limit exception, including any changes on all of the following:
13.096(3)(b)1. 1. Gross weight limitations and gross axle and axle combination weight limitations.
13.096(3)(b)2. 2. Width, height and length limitations.
13.096(3)(b)3. 3. The transportation of particular commodities.
13.096(3)(b)4. 4. Any highway, highway route or area of the state substantially affected by the proposed vehicle weight limit exception.
13.096(3)(b)5. 5. Seasonal transportation patterns.
13.096(3)(c) (c) Any other special considerations concerning the proposed vehicle weight limit exception, such as the frequency of use of the proposed exception, the support and involvement of businesses, industries and local authorities affected by the proposed exception.
13.096(4) (4)Rule-making authority. The department may promulgate any rules necessary for the administration of this section.
13.096 History History: 1993 a. 282.
13.0965 13.0965 Review of bills proposing revocation of an operating privilege. If any bill that is introduced in either house of the legislature proposes to revoke a person's operating privilege upon conviction of that person for any offense, the department of transportation shall, within 4 weeks after the bill is introduced, prepare a report that states whether the bill is consistent with a policy of revoking an operating privilege only for traffic violations that are likely to result in death, personal injury or serious property damage. The report shall be printed as an appendix to the bill and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments. The report shall be distributed before any vote is taken on the bill by either house of the legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, or before any public hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public hearing is held, before any vote is taken by the committee. A bill that requires a report by the department of transportation under this section shall have that requirement noted on its jacket when the jacket is prepared. When a bill that requires a report under this section is introduced, the legislative reference bureau shall submit a copy of the bill to the department of transportation.
13.0965 History History: 1997 a. 84.
13.097 13.097 Review of legislation providing for conveyances of lake bed areas.
13.097(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
13.097(1)(a) (a) "Department" means the department of natural resources.
13.097(1)(b) (b) "Lake bed area" means all or a portion of a navigable lake.
13.097(1)(c) (c) "Public trust purpose" means a purpose in furtherance of the public trust in navigable waters that is established under article IX, section 1, of the constitution.
13.097(2) (2)Report by the department.
13.097(2)(a)(a) When legislation that conveys a lake bed area or that amends a prior conveyance of a lake bed area is introduced or offered in the legislature, the department shall prepare a report on the legislation within 15 days of its being introduced or offered. The department may request any information from the grantee under such legislation or from a past grantee of the lake bed area that is reasonably necessary for the department to prepare the report.
13.097(2)(b) (b) If the legislation conveys a lake bed area, the department shall describe the conveyance contained in the legislation. If the legislation amends a prior conveyance of a lake bed area, the department's report shall describe the prior conveyance and how it is amended by this legislation. The report shall include the department's findings under sub. (4) and its conclusions under sub. (6).
13.097(2)(c) (c) Legislation that requires a report by the department under this section shall have that requirement noted on its jacket when the jacket is prepared. When legislation that requires a report under this section receives a jacket to be introduced or offered, the legislative reference bureau shall submit a copy of the legislation to the department.
13.097(2)(d) (d) The report shall be printed as an appendix to that applicable bill and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments.
13.097(4) (4)Findings of the department report. The department's report shall contain the following information:
13.097(4)(a) (a) Location and description of the lake bed area.
13.097(4)(a)1.1. The name of the lake in which the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance is located, the location of the lake bed area in the lake and the name of the county and the town, village or city that is adjacent to the lake bed area.
13.097(4)(a)2. 2. The approximate dimensions and size of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance.
13.097(4)(a)3. 3. The approximate area of the lake in which the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance is located.
13.097(4)(b) (b) Purposes of the proposed conveyance.
13.097(4)(b)1.1. The purpose of the proposed conveyance, as expressed in the legislation.
13.097(4)(b)2. 2. Any additional information on the intended uses of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance.
13.097(4)(b)3. 3. The extent to which the express language of the legislation will permit the intended uses of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance.
13.097(4)(c) (c) Use of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance.
13.097(4)(c)1.1. The size of the area reasonably required for the intended uses under the proposed conveyance, as compared to the size of the lake bed area actually conveyed by the legislation, and a description of the anticipated or potential uses of any excess area.
13.097(4)(c)2. 2. If the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance exceeds the area required for the intended uses, whether the excess area will remain unused for a substantial period.
13.097(4)(d) (d) Effect of the proposed conveyance on public trust purpose uses.
13.097(4)(d)1.1. Opportunities for navigation, fishing, hunting, swimming, recreation, enjoyment of scenic beauty and other public trust purpose uses that will be lost or obtained when the grantee exercises the rights granted by the proposed conveyance.
13.097(4)(d)2. 2. The type of uses that will be made of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance when the grantee exercises the rights granted by the proposed conveyance, and whether those uses are public trust purpose uses.
13.097(4)(d)3. 3. Proposed restrictions on public access to the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance, upon completion of the project, including physical restrictions such as fences, walls or lack of parking, legal restrictions such as hours of operation or conversion to private property and financial restrictions such as admission fees, licenses, permits or requirements to make purchases.
13.097(4)(e) (e) Potential subsequent conveyances.
13.097(4)(e)1.1. The extent to which the proposed conveyance expressly prohibits or permits a subsequent conveyance of all or a part of the lake bed area by the grantee, including a subsequent conveyance by warranty deed, quitclaim deed or lease, or is silent regarding a subsequent conveyance by the grantee.
13.097(4)(e)2. 2. Whether the legislation imposes the same restrictions on grantees of subsequent conveyances as it imposes on the original grantee.
13.097(4)(f) (f) Potential of the grantee to manage the use of lake bed area.
13.097(4)(f)1.1. What management controls are proposed by the grantee to assure that the lake bed area is used only for the public trust purposes authorized by the legislature, including the grantee's internal controls and control exercised by the grantee over a lessee, a grantee of a subsequent conveyance of all or part of the lake bed area or a trespasser.
13.097(4)(f)2. 2. Whether the grantee has managed or is managing the use of any other lake bed areas conveyed to the grantee in conformance with the public trust purposes authorized by those conveyances.
13.097(4)(f)3. 3. If the grantee of an original or subsequent conveyance or a lessee is not a governmental unit, the extent to which the use of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance will be controlled or supervised by a governmental unit, to assure conformity with a public trust purpose.
13.097(4)(g) (g) Additional information. Any other information the department considers relevant.
13.097(5) (5)Department authority to request information. The department may request a grantee to provide the department with any information that is reasonably necessary for the department to prepare the report under sub. (4).
13.097(6) (6)Conclusion of the department report. Based on its findings, the department shall include in its report its conclusion on whether the legislation is consistent with protecting and enhancing a public trust purpose. The department shall base its conclusion on the following:
13.097(6)(a) (a) Public trust purpose uses. Whether the opportunities for public trust purpose uses upon completion of the project, including opportunities for navigation, fishing, hunting, swimming, recreation and enjoyment of scenic beauty, substantially outweigh any loss of current opportunities for public trust purpose uses in that lake bed area and whether the current opportunities for public trust purpose uses will be enhanced or diminished upon completion of the project.
13.097(6)(b) (b) Public access. Whether all residents of the state will be able, without restriction, to participate in the uses of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance upon completion of the project.
13.097(6)(c) (c) Purposes of the proposed conveyance. Whether the public trust purposes of the conveyance, as expressed in the legislation, are sufficiently narrow to permit only the specific public trust purpose uses proposed by the grantee.
13.097(6)(d) (d) Management by the grantee. Whether the grantee's management of the use of any other lake bed areas conveyed to the grantee conforms with a public trust purpose and whether the grantee's proposals for the use of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance conform with a public trust purpose.
13.097(6)(e) (e) Governmental control. Whether the lake bed area and its proposed public trust purpose uses will be controlled or supervised by a governmental unit.
13.097(6)(f) (f) Commercial uses. Whether any commercial uses of the lake bed area subject to the proposed conveyance are minor and incidental to free public trust purpose uses or whether commercial purposes dominate the proposed use of the lake bed area.
13.097 History History: 1989 a. 31.
13.0975 13.0975 Review of legislative proposals impacting energy availability.
13.0975(1)(1) Definition. In this section, "commission" means the public service commission.
13.0975(1m) (1m)Request by legislator. When any proposal that will probably impact the cost or reliability of electricity generation, transmission, or distribution or of fuels used in generating electricity is introduced or offered in the legislature and referred to a standing committee of the house in which it is introduced, the chairperson or ranking minority member may request that the commission prepare an energy impact report. If the proposal is not referred to a standing committee, the speaker of the assembly, if the proposal is introduced or offered in the assembly, or the presiding officer of the senate, if the proposal is introduced or offered in the senate, may request that the commission prepare an energy impact report.
13.0975(2) (2)Report by the commission.
13.0975(2)(a)(a) When the commission is requested to prepare an energy impact report under sub. (1m), the commission shall submit the energy impact report on the proposal within 30 days after the written request is submitted to the commission.
13.0975(2)(b) (b) If the proposal impacts the cost or reliability of electricity generation, transmission, or distribution or of fuels used in generating electricity, the commission shall describe the impact contained in the proposal. The energy impact report shall include the commission's findings under sub. (3) and its conclusions under sub. (4).
13.0975(2)(c) (c) An energy impact report shall be printed as an appendix to the proposal and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments.
13.0975(3) (3)Findings of the commission energy impact report. The commission's energy impact report shall evaluate the probable impact of the proposal on the cost or reliability of electricity generation, transmission, or distribution or of fuels used in generating electricity.
13.0975(4) (4)Conclusion of the commission report. Based on its findings under sub. (3), the commission shall include in its energy impact report its conclusion on whether the proposal adversely impacts the cost or reliability of electricity generation, transmission, or distribution or of fuels used in generating electricity.
13.0975 History History: 2003 a. 277.
13.098 13.098 Review of legislation relating to alcohol and other drug abuse. When legislation that relates to alcohol and other drug abuse policies, programs or services is introduced or offered in the legislature, the state council on alcohol and other drug abuse shall consider the legislation at the soonest meeting of the state council after introduction or offer and shall, if the standing committee of the legislature to which the legislation is referred has not taken action on the legislation, provide the chairperson of the standing committee with a considered opinion of the effect and desirability as a matter of public policy of the legislation.
13.098 History History: 1993 a. 210.
13.099 13.099 Review of bills affecting housing.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)