2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
March 7, 2011 - Introduced by Senators Vukmir, Wanggaard and Lazich,
cosponsored by Representatives
Kramer, Kuglitsch and
to Committee on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs.
1An Act to renumber
62.53; to amend
62.53 (title) and 63.25 (1) (a); and to
62.53 (2) of the statutes;
relating to: placing limits on residency
3requirements for 1st class city police officers and fire fighters.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a 1st class city (presently only Milwaukee) is required to
have a civil service commission which is required to make rules to carry out the
purposes specified in state statutes. One of the statutes requires that the city provide
competitive examinations to test applicants for employment as to their practical
fitness to perform the duties of the position for which they have applied. The
examinations must be public and free, and may contain proper limitations in areas
including residence, age and health.
Under this bill, if a 1st class city has residency requirements for its employees
who are police officers or fire fighters, the residency requirement must at least allow
such individuals to live in the county in which the 1st class city is entirely or
predominantly located and in any county that is adjacent to the county in which the
city is entirely or predominantly located.
For further information see the local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB30, s. 1
62.53 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Residency required for public officials in 1st class cities;
3limits on police and fire residency requirements in 1st class cities
SB30, s. 2
62.53 of the statutes is renumbered 62.53 (1).
SB30, s. 3
62.53 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
If a 1st class city imposes a residency requirement on police officers 7
or fire fighters, the residency requirement shall at least allow the police officers and 8
fire fighters to live in all of the following:
(a) The county in which the 1st class city is entirely or predominantly located.
(b) Any county that that is adjacent to the county in which the first class city 11
is entirely or predominantly located.
SB30, s. 4
63.25 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) For open, competitive examinations and for other examinations 14
by which to test applicants for office or for employment as to their practical fitness 15
to discharge the duties of the positions which they desire to fill, which examinations 16
shall be public and free to all persons with proper limitations as to residence, age,
17health subject to s. 62.53 (2); age; health;
and, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 18
111.335, arrest and conviction record.
This act first applies to the imposition of any residency requirement for a 21
police officer or fire fighter who is an employee of a first class city who is covered by 22
a collective bargaining agreement that is in effect on the effective date of this 23
subsection upon the expiration, extension, renewal, or modification of the 24