2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO 2003 ASSEMBLY BILL 59
March 12, 2003 - Offered by Representative Gundrum.
1An Act to amend
69.11 (4) (b), 69.12 (1), 69.15 (4) (b), 767.20 and 786.36 (1) 2
(intro.); and to create
301.47 of the statutes; relating to: name changes and
3names used by sex offenders and providing penalties.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person may change his or her name by consistently and
continuously using another name, by petitioning a court to have his or her name
changed, or, after being granted a divorce, by asking the court to permit him or her
to use a former surname. This bill prohibits a person required to register as a sex
offender from changing his or her name or using a name other than one by which the
person is identified with the Department of Corrections. This prohibition also
applies to a person who has been found to have committed an offense for which
registration will be, but is not yet, required. With one exception, a person who
violates this prohibition is guilty of a Class H felony, for which he or she may be fined
not more than $10,000, sentenced to a term of imprisonment (consisting of a term of
confinement in state prison followed by a term of extended supervision) of up to six
years, or both. The exception applies to registrants who are required to register as
sex offenders based on their committing misdemeanors. If such a person violates the
prohibition regarding a name change or using another name but has not been
convicted of that offense previously, he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be
fined not more than $10,000, sentenced to the county jail for up to nine months, or
both. Any subsequent offense, however, is a Class H felony.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB59-ASA1, s. 1
69.11 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The state registrar may amend an item on a birth certificate that 3
affects information about the name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, parent's name, 4
or marital status of the mother if 365 days have elapsed since the occurrence of the 5
event that is the subject of the birth certificate, if the amendment is at the request 6
of a person with a direct and tangible interest in the record and is on a request form 7
supplied by the state registrar, and if the amendment is accompanied by 2 items of 8
documentary evidence from early childhood that are sufficient to prove that the item 9
to be changed is in error and by the affidavit of the person requesting the 10
amendment. A change in the marital status on the birth certificate may be made 11
under this paragraph only if the marital status is inconsistent with information 12
concerning the father or husband that appears on the birth certificate. This 13
paragraph may not be used to add to or delete from a birth certificate the name of a 14
to change the identity of a parent named on the birth certificate, or to effect
15a name change prohibited under s. 301.47
If the state registrar cannot make an amendment to a vital record 18
under s. 69.11 and a person with a direct and tangible interest in the vital record 19
alleges that information on the vital record does not represent the actual facts in 20
effect at the time the record was filed, the person may petition the circuit court of the 21
county in which the event which is the subject of the vital record is alleged to have
occurred. The petition shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the original vital 2
record. If the court finds that the petitioner has established the actual facts of the 3
event in effect when the record was filed, the clerk of court shall report the court's 4
determination to the state registrar on a form prescribed by the state registrar, along 5
with the fee required under s. 69.22 (5) (a) 2. Upon receipt of the report, the state 6
registrar shall, if information as to the cause of death on the original certificate of 7
death is changed, act under sub. (4), or shall change the record under s. 69.11 (5) and 8
send a notice of the change to the local registrar who shall make the change in the 9
record filed in his or her office. This subsection does not apply to a name change
10prohibited under s. 301.47.
AB59-ASA1, s. 3
69.15 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Any person with a direct and tangible interest in a birth certificate 13
registered in this state may petition a court to change the name and sex of the 14
registrant on the certificate due to a surgical sex-change procedure. If the state 15
registrar receives an order which provides for such a change the state registrar shall 16
change the name and sex on the original certificate, except that if the court orders 17
the state registrar to prepare a new certificate the state registrar shall prepare a new 18
certificate under sub. (6). This subsection does not apply to a name change prohibited
19under s. 301.47.
21301.47 Sex offender name changes prohibited. (1)
In this section, "sex 22
offender" means a person who is subject to s. 301.45 (1g) but does not include a person 23
who, as a result of a proceeding under s. 301.45 (1m), is not required to comply with 24
the reporting requirements of s. 301.45.
A sex offender may not do any of the following before he or she is released, 2
under s. 301.45 (5) or (5m), from the reporting requirements of s. 301.45:
1. Change his or her name.
2. Identify himself or herself by a name unless the name is one by which the 5
person is identified with the department.
Whoever intentionally violates sub. (2) is subject to the following penalties:
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the person is guilty of a Class H felony.
(b) The person may be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more 9
than 9 months or both if all of the following apply:
1. The person was ordered under s. 51.20 (13) (ct) 1m., 938.34 (15m) (am), 11
938.345 (3), 971.17 (1m) (b) 1m., or 973.048 (1m) to comply with the reporting 12
requirements under s. 301.45 based on a finding that he or she committed or 13
solicited, conspired, or attempted to commit a misdemeanor.
2. The person was not convicted of another offense under this section before 15
committing the present violation.
The department shall make a reasonable attempt to notify each person 17
required to comply with the reporting requirements under s. 301.45 of the 18
prohibition in sub. (2), but neither the department's failure to make such an attempt 19
nor the department's failure to notify a person of that prohibition is a defense to a 20
prosecution under this section.
22767.20 Name of spouse. The Except as provided in s. 301.47, the
court, upon 23
granting a divorce, shall allow either spouse, upon request, to resume a former legal 24
surname, if any.
AB59-ASA1, s. 6
786.36 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) Any Except as provided in sub. (3) or s. 301.47, any
of this state, whether a minor or adult, may upon petition to the circuit court of the 3
county where he or she resides and upon filing a copy of the notice, with proof of 4
publication, as required by s. 786.37, if no sufficient cause is shown to the contrary, 5
have his or her name changed or established by order of the court. If the person 6
whose name is to be changed is a minor under the age of 14 years, the petition may 7
be made by whichever of the following is applicable: