“Date of enactment" means the day on which a bill becomes an act through approval by the governor, passage over the governor's veto or failure of the governor to act on it or the day on which a portion of a bill which has been vetoed in part is enacted over the governor's partial veto.
“Date of publication" means the day after the date of enactment.
“Working day" means each day except Saturdays, Sundays, and federal and statewide legal holidays designated in s. 995.20
Each act of a session shall be numbered consecutively commencing with one. An act enacted by the governor's approval shall be numbered by the governor at the time of approval. An act enacted either by passage over the governor's veto or by the governor's failure to act upon it within the time limit shall be numbered immediately by the chief clerk of the house of origin.
The person numbering an act under par. (a)
shall note on it the date of enactment, shall immediately provide electronic notice to the legislative reference bureau of the act number and date of enactment, and shall deposit it in the secretary of state's office no later than the next working day following its enactment.
The legislative reference bureau shall publish every act and every portion of an act that is enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto on its date of publication on the Internet in one or more electronic file formats. The legislative reference bureau may electronically publish every act and every portion of an act that is enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto on other electronic media in one or more electronic file formats, as the legislative reference bureau determines.
Copies of each act or portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto shall be available electronically on or before the date of publication of the act to subscribers under s. 35.87
. At appropriate intervals, the officer designated under s. 35.87
shall certify to the secretary of state that each act or portion of an act was available electronically to subscribers on or before its date of publication.
See s. 889.01
for the acts as prima facie evidence.
See s. 991.11
for effective dates of acts.
Article IV, Section 17 of the Wisconsin Constitution vests the legislature with the constitutional power to “provide by law" for publication. The legislature has set the requirements for publication. If a court can intervene and prohibit the publication of an act, the court determines what shall be law and not the legislature. If the court does that, it does not in terms legislate but it invades the constitutional power of the legislature to declare what shall become law. This a court may not do. Ozanne v. Fitzgerald, 2011 WI 43
, 334 Wis. 2d 70
, 798 N.W.2d 436
Laws of Wisconsin. 35.15(1)(a)(a)
No later than the end of each session of the legislature, the legislative reference bureau shall prepare camera-ready copy for one or more volumes denominated “Laws of Wisconsin", and identified by the year in which that session began.
The volume shall contain all acts enacted during such session, all important joint resolutions of the session, and an alphabetical index to the volume prepared by the legislative reference bureau.
The copy shall show the date of enactment of each act, the date of publication of each act and published joint resolution, the number of the proposal from which the act or joint resolution originated and the house in which it originated and shall be in the form prescribed by the joint rules. The copy shall omit the signature of the officers affixed to the enrolled act or joint resolution.
The department shall determine the number of copies to be printed.
After making the necessary comparison, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall issue a certificate, to be filed in the office of the secretary of state as a public record, that he or she has compared the printed acts with the original acts on file in the office of the secretary of state, and that they appear to be correctly printed. Each volume of the Laws of Wisconsin shall contain a printed copy of such certificate.
The legislative reference bureau shall publish the Laws of Wisconsin as expeditiously as possible in such number of volumes and at such times as the bureau determines to be appropriate. If acts are enacted or joint resolutions are adopted while a volume is in production, the bureau may elect to publish them as a pocket part to the bound volume.
Correcting obvious errors in enrolling and publishing. 35.17(1)(1)
In enrolling under s. 13.92 (1) (b) 3.
and for publishing under ss. 35.095
, and 35.35 (1) (a)
, the legislative reference bureau shall correct minor clerical errors. No such correction shall be deemed an alteration of the enrolled copy.
The legislative reference bureau shall correct obvious nonsubstantive errors when publishing the Wisconsin statutes under s. 35.18 (1) (a)
and the administrative code under s. 35.93 (3)
On questions of orthography the current edition of Webster's new international dictionary shall be taken as the standard.
STATUTES AND TOWN LAW FORMS;
CLASS 2 PRINTING
Wisconsin statutes. 35.18(1)(a)(a)
Biennially the legislative reference bureau shall prepare and deliver to the department printer's copy for the Wisconsin statutes, which shall contain all the general statutes in force, all important joint resolutions adopted since the last preceding general session, an alphabetical index, and such other matter as the bureau deems desirable and practicable. The department shall determine how many copies shall be printed.
The legislative reference bureau shall electronically publish interim updated versions of the statutes included in the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under par. (a)
on the Internet in one or more electronic file formats. The legislative reference bureau may electronically publish the updated versions on other electronic media in one or more electronic file formats, as the legislative reference bureau determines.
The legislative reference bureau shall include in the updated versions of the statutes electronically published under subd. 1.
all general statutes 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. If the legislative reference bureau omits tables or graphic images from publication in a particular electronic file format, it shall insert a note following the affected statutory unit identifying the omission and providing a hypertext link providing electronic access to the table or graphic image. The legislative reference bureau shall at all times publish the statutes on the Internet in at least one electronic file format that allows for publication of all tables and graphic images contained in the statutes.
The legislative reference bureau shall include all of the following with each updated version of the statutes published under subd. 1.
The edition of the biennial Wisconsin statutes that is being updated.
The act number of the most recent legislative act included in the updated version.
The date through which the updated version has been updated. The updated version shall include all legislative acts that were enacted, and all supreme court orders affecting statutes that were entered, on or before the date referenced in this subd. 3. d.
A notice stating that the updated version of the statutes electronically published under this paragraph is certified under sub. (2) (b)
(2) Legislative reference bureau certification. 35.18(2)(a)(a)
After making the necessary comparison, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall sign and file in the office of the secretary of state as a public record a certificate certifying that the bureau has compared each section contained in the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under sub. (1) (a)
with the original section of the statutes, or with the original section contained in the enrolled act from which the section was derived, together with all amendments of such original section, if any, and that all the sections appear to be correctly printed. All copies of the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under sub. (1) (a)
shall contain a printed copy of such certificate.
After making the necessary comparison, the legislative reference bureau shall publish on the Internet, and with each electronic publication of the Wisconsin statutes under sub. (1) (b)
, a certification that the bureau has compared each section of the Wisconsin statutes published under sub. (1) (b)
with the original section of the statutes, or with the original section contained in the enrolled act from which the section was derived, together with all amendments of such original section, if any, and that all the sections appear to be correctly published. The certification shall indicate any electronic file formats in which the statutes are published that do not contain all graphic images and tables due to incompatibility with the electronic file format.
(3) Numbers and titles of chapters and sections.
All chapters and sections of Wisconsin statutes shall retain their present numbers and titles until changed by the legislative reference bureau or by statute. Each section shall be designated by a mixed, decimal number, the whole number corresponding to the chapter and the decimal to the section's place in the chapter. The numbers and titles of chapters and sections shall be printed in boldface type. Each subsection shall be designated by a number, or by a number and a letter of the alphabet, enclosed in parentheses. Each paragraph shall be designated by a letter or letters enclosed in parentheses. Each subdivision shall be designated by a number or by a number and a letter. Each paragraph of a subdivision shall be designated by a letter or letters.
The legislative reference bureau shall prepare such annotations as will keep the volume known as “Wisconsin Annotations," up to date, and include those annotations in the Wisconsin statutes published under sub. (1) (a)
See s. 889.01
for the statutes as prima facie evidence.
Editions of parts of the statutes in pamphlet form may be produced for official use and for public sale. The department shall charge the cost of pamphlet laws produced for such use or sale to the requisitioning state agencies.
History: 1973 c. 333
; 1979 c. 34
Wisconsin Town Law Forms.
With each edition of the biennial Wisconsin statutes printed under s. 35.18 (1) (a)
, under the supervision of the legislative reference bureau, an edition will be printed as directed by the department for distribution by the department to all town clerks, of a volume to be designated “Wisconsin Town Law Forms" containing suitable forms for use in the administration of laws relating to: common schools; the county board; the powers, duties and liabilities of towns, town officers and the assessment of taxes; highways, bridges and drainage districts; and such other forms as the legislative reference bureau determines desirable and practicable.
History: 2007 a. 20
; 2013 a. 20
BLUE BOOK AND REPRINTS; CLASS 2 PRINTING
The legislative reference bureau shall compile, index, prepare and deliver to the department biennially copy for a book to be denominated “Wisconsin Blue Book" and identified by the biennium of its intended use.
The Blue Book shall contain the biographies and pictures of state officers, senators and representatives to the assembly and officers of each house, information pertaining to the organization of Wisconsin state government, and statistical and other information of the same general character as that heretofore published, but so selected and condensed as will limit the number of pages to 1,000 or less. In making such selection the legislative reference bureau is directed to consult freely with the state superintendent of public instruction and the director of the historical society, and insofar as possible, make the book useful for civics classes in schools.
The department shall deliver camera-ready copy to the contract printer, to be printed and delivered as soon as practicable after the spring election of the odd-numbered year.
The Blue Book shall be case-bound in hard covers and shall have a blue spine.
Reprints of the feature article shall be bound in paper covers and shall be in such quantity as is authorized for each specific reprint by the joint committee on legislative organization. The cost of reprints shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (1) (d)
OFFICIAL REPORTS; CLASS 3 PRINTING
Official reports. 35.26(1)(1)
Every report submitted under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
shall set forth all receipts and disbursements in full and in detail. At the same time at which a report is submitted under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
, it shall be presented by its author to the department as printer's copy. No report shall contain any advertising matter nor any copying of the session laws or statutes of this state, except minor extracts explanatory of and incorporated in the text.
Before filing any report its author shall carefully edit the same and strike therefrom all journals and minutes of proceedings and all correspondence, petitions, orders and other documents or writings whose substance can be briefly stated, consolidate, so far as practicable, statistical tables and strike out all matter which is not important information concerning public affairs.
Sufficient copies of official reports shall be supplied by the publishing state agencies to the department for distribution in accordance with s. 35.84
The costs of reports authorized by ss. 35.26
shall be charged to the requisitioning agency.
State budget, copies.
The governor may issue not to exceed 1,000 copies of the state budget report and as many copies of the budget report in brief as the governor determines to be necessary. The cost of these reports shall be charged to the department. After making the required distribution of the state budget report to the executive and legislative agencies and members of the legislature, the remaining copies may be sold to individuals at a price which does not exceed the costs per copy of printing, postage and handling. Revenues collected by the department under this section shall be deposited in the general fund.
Limitation of editions of official reports.
Within 60 calendar days after receiving final proof copy therefor, the department shall have printed and deliver editions of the reports mentioned in s. 35.26
and of any report required by law to be made to the governor or to the legislature if not otherwise limited. The department shall determine for any report the maximum number of copies and pages, or the length if authorized to be reproduced in optical disc format.
History: 2005 a. 25
; 2015 a. 196
Orders by department.
The department may order printed in suitable form, in reasonable quantities, copies of opinions and briefs of the attorney general and the supreme court; opinions of the court of appeals; decisions of the public service commission; and special editions of parts of official reports.
BOOK PUBLICATIONS; CLASS 3 PRINTING
Books, pamphlets and magazines. 35.29(1)
State agencies may order printed such materials as may be necessary for the proper administration of their offices, subject to distribution and sales regulations provided in this chapter and determinations of the department under s. 16.82 (4) (b)
. Unless otherwise provided by law, state agencies may make free distribution of such materials or may fix and collect a charge therefor, not to exceed cost, including distribution cost as determined under s. 35.80
No state agency may distribute any materials printed under sub. (1)
directly to any member of the legislature, except in the manner provided in this subsection. If a state agency wishes to make available any materials under sub. (1)
to members of the legislature, the agency shall send a notice to all members briefly describing the materials. If a member notifies the state agency that the member wishes to receive a copy of specified materials, the agency may then distribute the materials to that member.
Upon receiving the necessary printer's copy the department shall order printing as follows: Of the opinions of the attorney general, not more than 1,000 copies; and of the decisions of the public service commission, not more than 500 copies.
JOB PRINTING; CLASS 4 PRINTING
Job printing and all printing not otherwise classified. 35.34(1)(1)
Job printing includes such other printing not specified in this chapter as may be permitted or required by law and necessary for the use of state agencies, including binding needed in connection with such printing.
Costs for such printing shall be charged to the requisitioning agency.
LEGAL NOTICES; CLASS 5
Requisition procedure. 35.35(1)(a)(a)
The legislative reference bureau shall provide to the secretary of state electronic copy in type not smaller than 6 point Arial for the printing of any enrolled proposed constitutional amendment and of each enrolled resolution ordered to be printed in the official state newspaper by the president of the senate for resolutions originating in the senate or by the speaker of the assembly for resolutions originating in the assembly. The copy shall identify material deleted from existing law by stricken type, and material inserted into existing law by underscored type.
The department may contract to sell, at a price equal to the cost of composition, camera-ready copy of the laws to any commercial publisher.
Every state agency required by law to publish legal notices in a newspaper shall furnish printer's copy to the department with a requisition therefor.