January 2011 Special Session Date of enactment: February 22, 2011
Assembly Bill 5 Date of publication*: March 8, 2011
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 2009-10 : Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
An Act to create 13.085 of the statutes; relating to: requiring a supermajority for passage of tax increase legislation.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
9,1 Section 1. 13.085 of the statutes is created to read:
13.085 Bills increasing certain tax rates. (1) Except as provided in sub. (2), no house of the legislature may pass a bill that increases the rate of the state sales tax or that increases any of the rates of the income tax or franchise tax unless the bill is approved by two-thirds of those members present and voting.
(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply if the legislature passes a joint resolution requiring a statewide advisory referendum on the question of whether the legislature should authorize the tax increase provided in the bill and a majority of voters voting at the referendum vote to approve the tax increase.