(a) The speaker shall determine the total number of members on each committee, unless specified by joint rule or assembly rule, and the allocation of the number between members of the majority and minority party.
(b) The speaker shall make all committee appointments of members of the majority party.
(bm) The first-named person of each standing committee is the chairperson and the second-named person is the vice chairperson.
(c) The speaker shall make all committee appointments of members of the minority party as nominated by the minority leader, except that the speaker may appoint any member of the minority party as chairperson of a committee.
(cm) Unless the member is the chairperson, the first-nominated minority member of each standing committee who is first nominated by the minority leader is the ranking minority member of that committee unless the speaker and minority leader agree that the first-nominated member is the vice chairperson of the committee.
(3) There shall also be a committee on assembly organization consisting of the speaker, majority leader, assistant majority leader, speaker pro tempore, majority caucus chairperson, minority leader, assistant minority leader, and minority caucus chairperson.
(4) There shall also be an assembly committee on finance consisting of the assembly members of the joint committee on finance. The assembly cochairperson of the joint committee is the chairperson of the assembly committee.
(5) There shall also be an assembly committee on audit consisting of the assembly members of the joint legislative audit committee. The assembly cochairperson of the joint committee is the chairperson of the assembly committee. Proposals may be referred to, and reported by, the joint committee in the same manner as other standing committees.
(6) There shall also be an assembly committee for review of administrative rules consisting of the assembly members of the joint committee for review of administrative rules. The assembly cochairperson of the joint committee is the chairperson of the assembly committee. Proposals may be referred to, and reported by, the joint committee in the same manner as other standing committees.
(7) There shall also be an assembly committee on employment relations consisting of the assembly members of the joint committee on employment relations. The assembly cochairperson of the joint committee is the chairperson of the assembly committee. Proposals may be referred to, and reported by, the joint committee in the same manner as other standing committees.
(8) In addition to the committees of which the speaker is a regular member, the speaker is a nonvoting member of any other standing committee, but is not be counted in determining a quorum thereof.
(9) The schedule of committee room assignments and meeting days shall follow the schedule of the previous session unless changed by order of the speaker.
Assembly Rule 10. Special committees. ar10(1)(1)
A special committee may be created only as provided in this rule.
(1m) A special committee may be created by the speaker by written order or may be created by resolution. Any such committee ceases to exist:
(a) When its final report has been made to the assembly;
(b) When the objective for which the committee was established has been accomplished; or
(c) When the termination date established by the action creating the committee arrives.
(2) The speaker may create a temporary special committee by written order.
(3) A special committee or temporary special committee may not be created by written order unless an additional legislative employee will not be hired to staff the special committee.
Assembly Rule 11. Committee procedures. Insofar as applicable, the rules of the assembly apply to the procedures of standing committees and special committees.
(1) A majority of a committee constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
(2) Committee chairpersons may appoint subcommittees to consider specified subjects and report to the parent committee. Committee chairpersons may appoint subcommittee chairpersons, who may be members of any political party.
(3) A committee shall meet upon the call of its chairperson within the times and places assigned by the speaker. If anticipated public attendance so warrants, arrangements may be made through the sergeant at arms to hold a committee meeting in quarters larger than the regularly assigned committee room.
(3m) A member who is connected to a committee meeting by means of a 2-way, audiovisual transmission is considered present for all purposes and to the same extent as a member who is attending the meeting in person.
(4) All committee votes shall be taken in the presence of the committee. A member may not be recorded as voting unless the member is present at the committee session when the vote is taken.
A vote may be held open until the adjournment of the committee session to permit an absent member to vote. Any such vote may only be recorded if the member votes in the presence of the committee in session.
(b) If an absent member makes a timely request, a committee report may indicate how the member would have voted had he or she been present.
(6) Members of a committee shall vote in the order in which named to the committee.
(7) In the temporary absence of the chairperson and the vice chairperson, committee members succeed to the chair in the order in which named to the committee.
(8) Before a proposal is reported to the assembly, a committee may reconsider any action taken on the proposal.
(9) The chairperson shall determine when proposals or other business are scheduled for public hearing or, subject to rule 17d, executive action, and, subject to rule 17m, when committee actions are reported to the assembly.
(10) The chairperson shall notify committee members of all committee meetings.
A committee may not meet outside the city of Madison without prior authorization under section 13.123 (3) (a) of the statutes. ar11(11)(b)
(b) Beginning on July 1 of each even-numbered year and ending on the date of the general election of that year, a committee may not meet in this state outside the city of Madison without the prior joint authorization by the speaker and the minority leader.
(c) Beginning on the day on which a special election to the legislature is called, and ending on the day on which the special election is held, a committee may not meet within the legislative district in which the special election is called, except in the city of Madison, without the prior joint authorization by the speaker and the minority leader.
Assembly Rule 12. Committees not to meet during daily session. Except for conference committees and the committee on rules, a committee may not meet while the assembly is in session.
Assembly Rule 13. Business referred to committee. ar13(1)(1)
Any business to be decided by the assembly may be referred to a committee:
(a) Upon introduction or offering [see rule 42]. ar13(1)(am)
(am) By the speaker, after a committee reports it, as provided in rule 45. ar13(1)(b)
(b) While under debate by the assembly [see rule 65 (2) (d) and (e)]. ar13(1)(c)
(c) By a motion, offered under the 13th order of business, while the business is pending on any reproduced calendar awaiting assembly action. The motion requires a vote of a majority of the members present and voting for adoption.
Each notice and report by an administrative agency concerning an administrative rule for review by a standing committee shall be referred by the speaker to the appropriate standing committee within 10 working days following receipt. The speaker shall notify that committee whenever he or she is informed that a proposed rule or portion thereof is withdrawn by the administrative agency.
(b) Within 5 working days after initial referral by the speaker under rule 3 (1) (r), the speaker, with the consent of the chairperson, may withdraw a proposed rule from the standing committee to which it is referred and rerefer it to another standing committee. The rereferral does not extend the standing committee review period.
Assembly Rule 14. Public hearings. ar14(1)(1)
Any proposal referred to a committee, and any other business relevant to its title, may at the discretion of the chairperson be scheduled for public hearing.
(2) On or before Monday noon of each week or on or before Friday noon of the first week of the biennial session, the chairperson of each standing committee shall post on the assembly bulletin board and file with the chief clerk a list of the public hearings that will be held before the committee during the following week. The announcement of any hearing shall give the day, hour, place, and nature of the business, or number, author, and relating clause of any proposal, to be considered. These lists shall be reproduced in the weekly schedule of committee activities.
(3) A hearing may not be held until copies of any of the legislation scheduled for hearing are available to the public.
Assembly Rule 15. Withdrawing a proposal from committee. ar15(1)(1)
A proposal may not be withdrawn from any committee until 21 calendar days have expired since the proposal was referred to the committee. After the 21-day period, a proposal may be withdrawn either by motion or by petition, but:
(a) A bill may not be withdrawn from a joint survey committee.
(b) A bill requiring, but not having, an emergency statement for passage may not be withdrawn from the joint committee on finance or from the committee on rules.
(2) The motion to withdraw a proposal from committee is in order only on the first day in any week on which the call of the roll is taken under the first order of business. The motions shall be decided by vote of a majority of the members present and voting.
(3) Once a motion to withdraw a proposal from a committee which requires a vote of a majority of the members present and voting fails, all subsequent motions to withdraw that proposal from the same committee require a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting for adoption and must be decided without debate.
(4) A petition to withdraw a proposal from committee requires the personal signatures of a majority of the assembly's current membership.
(a) All such petitions shall be prepared upon request by the chief clerk's office. The chief clerk shall submit a copy to the chairperson of the committee and another to the speaker.
(b) Each withdrawal petition signature shall be dated by the signer. Withdrawal petitions may not be circulated before the expiration of the 21-day period.
(c) Any withdrawal petition shall be filed with the chief clerk, who shall immediately examine it for compliance with this rule. All questions concerning the adequacy of a withdrawal petition shall be decided by the speaker.
(d) The receipt of each proper withdrawal petition shall be announced by the chief clerk under the 4th order of business on the legislative day following its receipt. The text of the petition, including the names of the signers, shall be reproduced in the journal.
(5) Immediately upon adoption of a withdrawal motion or the chief clerk's announcement of receipt of a proper withdrawal petition, the affected proposal is taken from committee and placed in the committee on rules for calendar scheduling, but, if the withdrawal is from that committee, the affected proposal is placed directly on the calendar for the 2nd legislative day thereafter.
(6) Whenever a bill is introduced in the assembly or senate under section 227.19 (5) (e) or 227.26 (2) (f) of the statutes, the bill is considered reported without recommendation and is placed before the committee on rules if a report is not received from the standing committee within 30 days after the date of referral. This subsection does not apply if the bill is introduced within 30 days after the time at which further proposals may not be introduced or offered in the regular session under joint rule 83 (2). ar17
Assembly Rule 17. Claims against the state when presented to a member of the assembly. ar17(1)(1)
All claims against the state presented to a member of the assembly shall be submitted in affidavit form in duplicate to the chief clerk for disposition in accordance with section 16.007 of the statutes.
(2) A claim may not be considered by the assembly until it has been reported on by the claims board and then only in the form of a bill.
(3) If the claims board recommends rejection of a claim, a member may resubmit the claim in the form of a bill.
Assembly Rule 17d. Executive action. A committee may not vote on a proposal unless the proposal has been introduced, or offered, and made available to the public for at least 24 hours excluding:
(1) Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays specified in section 230.35 (4) (a) of the statutes; and ar17d(2)
(2) Hours after 5 p.m. or before 8 a.m.
Assembly Rule 17m. Committee reports; time limits. A committee chairperson shall report a proposal to the assembly within 7 working days after the committee takes executive action on the proposal if the committee recommends that the proposal be adopted, passed, or concurred in.
Assembly Rule 18. Committee report with recommendations. When the committee to which a proposal is referred makes recommendations, the chairperson shall report in concise form the executive action of the committee. The report shall be signed by the chairperson.
(1) The committee report shall indicate the actual numerical vote on the motion on which the recommendation is based; and the form of the report is as illustrated in the following example:
The committee on ..................... reports and recommends:
Assembly Resolution 10
A resolution relating to, etc.
Adoption: Ayes, 7; Noes, 1; Absent, 1.
Assembly Joint Resolution 50