Assembly Rule 46. Second reading and amendment of proposals. ar46(1)(1)
The purpose of the 2nd reading stage is to consider amendments and perfect the form and content of proposals.
(2) After a proposal receives its 2nd reading, the assembly shall consider every amendment to the proposal recommended in the latest committee report on the proposal and any additional amendments offered after the report unless precluded from consideration under rule 55 (3). If there is no committee report, all amendments shall be considered unless precluded from consideration under rule 55 (3). ar46(3)
(3) Following action on all pending amendments to an assembly bill, or to an assembly joint resolution proposing a change in the state or U.S. constitution, and the failure of any motion to indefinitely postpone the proposal, the question is: "Shall the proposal be ordered engrossed and read a 3rd time?"
(4) Following action on all pending assembly amendments to a senate bill, or to a senate joint resolution proposing a change in the state or U.S. constitution, and the failure of any motion for nonconcurrence, the question is: "Shall the proposal be ordered to a 3rd reading?"
(5) Proposals ordered to a 3rd reading shall be placed on the calendar for the 2nd legislative day thereafter under the appropriate 3rd reading order of business.
Assembly Rule 47. Main question before assembly. ar47(1)(1)
When the assembly acts upon the recommendation of a standing committee, the main question shall conform to the recommendation of the committee.
(2) When the committee recommendation is adverse or when a motion for adverse disposition is offered from the floor, and an amendment is subsequently offered and adopted, or revived and adopted, the main question on the proposal shall be stated in the affirmative.
(3) When the assembly fails to adopt an adverse committee recommendation, the main question shall be stated in the affirmative.
(4) When there is no standing committee report or a standing committee reports a proposal "without recommendation" under rule 19, the main question shall be stated in the affirmative.
Assembly Rule 48. Third reading and decisions on proposals. ar48(1)(1)
The purpose of the 3rd reading stage is to make a final decision on each proposal requiring 3 readings that is submitted to the assembly.
(2) Following the 3rd reading of any bill or of any joint resolution proposing a change in the state or U.S. constitution, and the failure of any motion to indefinitely postpone, reject, or nonconcur, the question on assembly bills is "Shall the bill be passed?", on assembly joint resolutions is "Shall the joint resolution be adopted?", and on senate proposals is "Shall the proposal be concurred in?"
Assembly Rule 49. Adverse and final disposition. ar49(1)(1)
Unless reconsidered under rule 73, a proposal, or an amendment as it affects a proposal, is adversely and finally disposed of for the biennial session of the legislature by any of the following results:
(a) Indefinite postponement (assembly bills).
(b) Rejection (assembly amendments, assembly resolutions, and assembly joint resolutions).
(c) Nonconcurrence (senate bills and senate joint resolutions).
(d) Failure to be ordered engrossed (assembly bills).
(e) Failure to be ordered to a 3rd reading (senate bills).
(f) Failure of passage (assembly bills).
(g) Failure of concurrence (senate bills and joint resolutions).
(h) Failure to pass notwithstanding the objections of the governor.
(2) Once an assembly proposal has been adversely disposed of, another assembly proposal identical or substantially similar in nature, but not more limited in scope, may not be considered by the assembly in that biennial session.
Assembly Rule 50. Messaging to the senate. ar50(1)(1)
Each proposal that passes or is adopted after a 3rd reading, and each senate proposal adversely disposed of by the assembly, shall be transmitted, along with a certified report of the assembly's action, to the senate immediately after failure of any motion to reconsider the passage, adoption, or adverse disposition, as applicable, or the expiration of the time for making such a motion.
(2) Immediately following adoption of a conference report on a senate proposal, the passage of an assembly bill notwithstanding the objections of the governor, or assembly action on a vetoed senate bill, the proposal shall be transmitted to the senate together with a certified report of the assembly's action.
Assembly Rule 51. Enrolling; further consideration. Enrolled proposals may only be recalled for further action by a joint resolution.
Assembly Rule 51m. Advice and consent of the assembly. ar51m(1)(1)
Whenever the governor submits to the assembly a nomination for an appointment as required by law, the assembly committee on organization shall introduce a resolution, stating that it is introduced at the request of the governor, to confirm the appointment. The speaker shall refer the resolution to the standing committee that the speaker deems to be the most appropriate committee to pass upon the qualifications of the candidate. The committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the assembly in writing. Nominations by the governor may be considered, and the persons so nominated may with the advice and consent of the assembly and senate be appointed, in special as well as in regular sessions.
(2) On the question of the adoption of a resolution confirming appointments by the governor, the vote, notwithstanding rule 76 (4), shall be taken by an oral calling of the ayes and noes, which shall be entered upon the journal. Adoption of the resolution requires a majority vote of the elected membership. The question of adoption of a resolution confirming appointment is not subject to a motion for reconsideration under rule 73. The assembly may, but is not required to, act upon an appointment resubmitted by the governor when the identical appointment has once been refused confirmation by the assembly. The chief clerk shall record the cumulative status of all appointments in the bulletin of proceedings. The assembly shall inform the governor and the senate of its final action on confirmation of a nomination for appointment.
Assembly Rule 52. Offering amendments. ar52(1)(1)
Amendments to proposals may be offered after introduction of and preceding a decision on the proposal at the end of the 2nd reading stage, and as authorized by rule 73 (9). ar52(2)
(2) Amendments to amendments may be offered, but amendments in the 3rd degree may not be accepted.
(a) A substitute amendment, if adopted, takes the place of the original proposal; therefore, an amendment to a simple amendment to a substitute amendment is in order.
(b) Solely for the purpose of amending, senate amendments presented to the assembly for concurrence are treated like proposals; therefore, an amendment to a simple amendment to a senate amendment is in order.
(3) Every amendment received by the chief clerk shall be provided as provided by the assembly rules.
(4) An amendment to a report of a committee of conference may not be offered.
Assembly Rule 53. Drafting of amendments. Except as authorized in sub. (2), amendments shall be drafted by the legislative reference bureau before being offered for consideration to the assembly, or to any committee by a person other than a member thereof. An amendment prepared by the legislative reference bureau may not be received for consideration if changes have been made to the draft prepared by the bureau. Amendments may be deposited at the chief clerk's office on any day of the legislative session for the purpose of allowing them to be provided before the 2nd reading stage for the proposals to which the amendments pertain.
(1) Every amendment shall show the number of the bill or resolution it proposes to amend. The name of each member or committee sponsoring the amendment shall be entered in the history file for the bill. The chief clerk shall number amendments in the order received.
(2) When a proposal is under active consideration by an assembly committee or by the assembly on 2nd reading, floor amendments may be drafted by members as provided by the chief clerk.
(3) Whenever a floor amendment on a form is adopted in committee, the chairperson shall forward a copy to the legislative reference bureau for review and redrafting. When the version of the amendment drafted by the legislative reference bureau is in satisfactory form, the chairperson shall deposit it in the chief clerk's office and the clerk shall substitute it for the original version.
(4) Whenever a floor amendment is offered to the assembly during the 2nd reading stage of a proposal, the chief clerk shall immediately transmit one copy to the legislative reference bureau for review and redrafting.
(a) With the consent of the principal author of a floor amendment, the version of the amendment drafted by the legislative reference bureau shall be substituted for the floor amendment if it has not yet been taken up by the assembly, or if it has failed to be adopted.
(b) Following the commencement of debate on any floor amendment the principal author may request permission to substitute the version of the amendment drafted by the legislative reference bureau for the version provided or read to the membership by the chief clerk. Unless the permission is requested and granted, the substantive text of any floor amendment adopted by the assembly remains as provided or read to the membership by the chief clerk, but the legislative reference bureau shall prepare a copy that incorporates any nonsubstantive, technical corrections required by rule 36. ar54
Assembly Rule 54. Germaneness of assembly amendments. ar54(1)(1)
General statement: The assembly may not consider any assembly amendment or assembly substitute amendment that relates to a different subject or is intended to accomplish a different purpose than that of the proposal to which it relates or that, if adopted and passed, would require a relating clause for the proposal which is substantially different from the proposal's original relating clause or that would totally alter the nature of the proposal.
(2) Procedure: The presiding officer shall rule on the admissibility of any assembly amendment or assembly substitute amendment when the question of germaneness is raised, but any such question is not in order once the amendment is adopted.
(3) Assembly amendments that are not germane include:
(a) One individual proposition amending another individual proposition.
(b) A general proposition amending a specific proposition.
(c) An amendment substantially similar to an amendment already acted upon.
(d) An amendment: 1) amending a statute or session law when the purpose of the bill is limited to repealing the law; or 2) repealing a statute or session law when the purpose of the bill is limited to amending the law.
(e) An amendment that negates the effect of another assembly amendment previously adopted.
(f) An amendment that substantially expands the scope of the proposal.
(g) An amendment to a bill when legislative action on that bill is by law limited to passage, concurrence, indefinite postponement, or nonconcurrence as introduced.
(h) An amendment to a resolution confirming a nomination for appointment under rule 51m. ar54(4)
(4) Amendments that are germane include:
(a) A specific provision amending a general provision.
(b) An amendment that accomplishes the same purpose in a different manner.
(c) An amendment limiting the scope of the proposal.
(d) An amendment adding appropriations necessary to fulfill the original intent of a bill.
(e) An amendment relating only to particularized details.
(f) An amendment that changes the effective date of a repeal, reduces the scope of a repeal, or adds a short-term nonstatutory transitional provision to facilitate a repeal.
(5) An amendment to an amendment must be germane to both the amendment and the original proposal.
Assembly Rule 55. Sequence of considering amendments. ar55(1)(1)
Before a proposal is ordered engrossed and read the 3rd time, amendments to that proposal shall be considered in the following sequence:
(a) Substitute amendments offered before the present consideration of the proposal shall be considered beginning with the substitute amendment most recently received.
(b) If the first substitute amendment is offered during the consideration of simple amendments to the proposal, the substitute amendment shall be considered before the next simple amendment to the proposal is taken up.
(c) Substitute amendments offered during the consideration of a substitute amendment to the proposal shall be considered in the sequence in which received, but only if another substitute amendment has not been adopted.
(d) Simple amendments shall be considered in numerical sequence.
Whenever a substitute amendment is before the assembly, simple amendments to it shall be considered in numerical sequence before action on the substitute amendment.
(b) Whenever a simple amendment is before the assembly, amendments to it shall be considered in numerical sequence before action on the simple amendment.
(3) The adoption of one substitute amendment precludes consideration of any other substitute amendment to the proposal.
GENERAL RULES OF DEBATE