15.183   Same; specified divisions.
15.185   Same; attached boards, offices, and councils.
15.19   Department of health services; creation.
15.193   Same; specified divisions.
15.194   Same; offices.
15.195   Same; attached boards and commissions.
15.197   Same; councils.
15.20   Department of children and families; creation.
15.204   Same; offices.
15.205   Same; attached boards.
15.207   Same; councils.
15.22   Department of workforce development; creation.
15.223   Same; specified divisions.
15.225   Same; attached boards and commission.
15.227   Same; councils.
15.25   Department of justice; creation.
15.253   Same; specified divisions.
15.255   Same; attached boards.
15.257   Same; councils.
15.31   Department of military affairs; creation.
15.313   Same; specified division.
15.315   Same; councils.
15.34   Department of natural resources; creation.
15.343   Same; specified divisions.
15.345   Same; attached boards and commissions.
15.347   Same; councils.
15.348   Conservation congress.
15.37   Department of public instruction; creation.
15.373   Same; specified divisions.
15.374   Same; offices.
15.375   Same; attached boards.
15.377   Same; councils.
15.40   Department of safety and professional services; creation.
15.405   Same; attached boards and examining boards.
15.406   Same; attached affiliated credentialing boards.
15.407   Same; councils.
15.43   Department of revenue; creation.
15.433   Same; specified divisions.
15.435   Same; attached boards.
15.44   Department of tourism.
15.445   Same; attached boards.
15.447   Same; councils.
15.46   Department of transportation; creation.
15.465   Same; attached board.
15.467   Same; councils.
15.49   Department of veterans affairs; creation.
15.497   Same; councils.
15.57   Educational communications board; creation.
15.61   Elections commission; creation.
15.62   Ethics commission; creation.
15.67   Higher educational aids board; creation.
15.675   Same; attached board.
15.70   Historical society.
15.705   Same; attached boards.
15.73   Office of commissioner of insurance; creation.
15.76   Investment board; creation.
15.78   Public defender board.
15.79   Public service commission; creation.
15.795   Same; attached office.
15.797   Same; council.
15.91   Board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System; creation.
15.915   Same; attached boards and commissions.
15.917   Same; attached council.
15.94   Technical college system board; creation.
subch. I of ch. 15 SUBCHAPTER I
15.001 15.001 Declaration of policy.
15.001(1)(1)Three branches of government. The “republican form of government" guaranteed by the U.S. constitution contemplates the separation of powers within state government among the legislative, the executive and the judicial branches of the government. The legislative branch has the broad objective of determining policies and programs and review of program performance for programs previously authorized, the executive branch carries out the programs and policies and the judicial branch has the responsibility for adjudicating any conflicts which might arise from the interpretation or application of the laws. It is a traditional concept of American government that the 3 branches are to function separately, without intermingling of authority, except as specifically provided by law.
15.001(2) (2)Goals of executive branch organization.
15.001(2)(a)(a) As the chief administrative officer of the state, the governor should be provided with the administrative facilities and the authority to carry out the functions of the governor's office efficiently and effectively within the policy limits established by the legislature.
15.001(2)(b) (b) The administrative agencies which comprise the executive branch should be consolidated into a reasonable number of departments and independent agencies consistent with executive capacity to administer effectively at all levels.
15.001(2)(c) (c) The integration of the agencies in the executive branch should be on a functional basis, so that programs can be coordinated.
15.001(2)(d) (d) Each agency in the executive branch should be assigned a name commensurate with the scope of its program responsibilities, and should be integrated into one of the departments or independent agencies of the executive branch as closely as the conflicting goals of administrative integration and responsiveness to the legislature will permit.
15.001(3) (3)Goals of continuing reorganization. Structural reorganization should be a continuing process through careful executive and legislative appraisal of the placement of proposed new programs and the coordination of existing programs in response to changing emphasis or public needs, and should be consistent with the following goals:
15.001(3)(a) (a) The organization of state government should assure its responsiveness to popular control. It is the goal of reorganization to improve legislative policy-making capability and to improve the administrative capability of the executive to carry out these policies.
15.001(3)(b) (b) The organization of state government should facilitate communication between citizens and government. It is the goal of reorganization through coordination of related programs in function-oriented departments to improve public understanding of government programs and policies and to improve the relationships between citizens and administrative agencies.
15.001(3)(c) (c) The organization of state government shall assure efficient and effective administration of the policies established by the legislature. It is the goal of reorganization to promote efficiency by improving the management and coordination of state services and by eliminating overlapping activities.
15.001 History History: 1991 a. 316.
15.01 15.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
15.01(1g) (1g)“Affiliated credentialing board" means a part-time body that meets all of the following conditions:
15.01(1g)(a) (a) Is attached to an examining board to regulate a profession that does not practice independently of the profession regulated by the examining board or that practices in collaboration with the profession regulated by the examining board.
15.01(1g)(b) (b) With the advice of the examining board to which it is attached, sets standards of professional competence and conduct for the profession under the affiliated credentialing board's supervision, reviews the qualifications of prospective new practitioners, grants credentials, takes disciplinary action against credential holders and performs other functions assigned to it by law.
15.01(1r) (1r)“Board" means a part-time body functioning as the policy-making unit for a department or independent agency or a part-time body with policy-making or quasi-judicial powers.
15.01(2) (2)“Commission" means a 3-member governing body in charge of a department or independent agency or of a division or other subunit within a department, except for the employment relations commission which shall consist of one chairperson, the Wisconsin waterways commission which shall consist of 5 members, the elections commission which shall consist of at least 6 members, the ethics commission which shall consist of at least 6 members, and the parole commission which shall consist of 4 members. A Wisconsin group created for participation in a continuing interstate body, or the interstate body itself, shall be known as a “commission", but is not a commission for purposes of s. 15.06. The parole commission created under s. 15.145 (1) shall be known as a “commission", but is not a commission for purposes of s. 15.06.
15.01(3) (3)“Committee" means a part-time body appointed to study a specific problem and to recommend a solution or policy alternative with respect to that problem, and intended to terminate on the completion of its assignment. Because of their temporary nature, committees shall be created by session law rather than by statute.
15.01(4) (4)“Council" means a part-time body appointed to function on a continuing basis for the study, and recommendation of solutions and policy alternatives, of the problems arising in a specified functional area of state government, except the council on physical disabilities has the powers and duties specified in s. 46.29 (1) and (2), the state council on alcohol and other drug abuse has the powers and duties specified in s. 14.24, the electronic recording council has the powers and duties specified in s. 706.25 (4), and the remote notary council has the powers and duties specified in s. 140.145 (11).
2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 186 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 3, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 3, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-3-20)