2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 28, 2012 - Introduced by Senators T. Cullen, Schultz, Carpenter, Jauch,
Holperin, Risser, Taylor, Wirch, Shilling, King and C. Larson, cosponsored
by Representatives Hulsey, Tranel, Bernard Schaber, Staskunas, Berceau,
Turner, Hebl, Pocan, Jorgensen, Roys, Doyle, Pope-Roberts and C. Taylor.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government
1To renumber and amend
section 3 of article IV; and to create
section 3 (1) of article 2
IV and section 3 (3) of article IV of the constitution; relating to: an independent
3redistricting commission (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2011 legislature on first
consideration, removes the responsibility to reapportion the legislature and redraw
congressional districts from the legislature and assigns it to an independent
redistricting commission to be created by law. The commission's plans must be
submitted to the voters in a referendum. If the voters reject either plan, the supreme
court must draw a legislative reapportionment plan and a congressional
redistricting plan that will then become law. The independent redistricting
commission would first be appointed for purposes of the 2021 redistricting.
A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive
legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
4Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That:
SJR68, s. 1
Section 3 (1) of article IV of the constitution is created to read:
[Article IV] Section 3 (1) The legislature shall provide by law for the 7
establishment of an independent redistricting commission.
SJR68, s. 2
Section 3 of article IV of the constitution is renumbered section 3 2
(2) of article IV and amended to read:
[Article IV] Section 3 (2) At its first session after each enumeration made by
4the authority of the United States, the legislature Within six months of the state's
5receipt of federal census data, the commission
shall prepare plans to
apportion and 6
district anew the members of the senate and assembly and to redraw the state's
, according to the number of inhabitants.
SJR68, s. 3
Section 3 (3) of article IV of the constitution is created to read:
[Article IV] Section 3 (3) The plans shall be submitted to the people at the next 10
scheduled general election. If the people approve the plans they shall become law. 11
If the people reject either or both plans, the supreme court shall draw a plan or plans 12
to replace the rejected plan or plans which shall become law.
SJR68, s. 4
4. Numbering of new provisions.
If another constitutional 14
amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this 15
joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the 16
sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict and shall 17
adjust any cross-references to those provisions.
18Be it further resolved, That
this proposed amendment be referred to the 19
legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three 20
months previous to the time of holding such election.