2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
February 15, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Kapenga, Doyle,
Hebl, Schraa, Jagler, Petersen, Kahl, Kaufert, Bernier, Petryk, T. Larson,
A. Ott, Bernard Schaber, Kooyenga, Tauchen, Strachota, Ohnstad and
Sinicki, cosponsored by Senators Taylor, Gudex, Schultz, Carpenter,
Harris, Leibham and Shilling. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AB22,1,1 1An Act to amend 814.65 (1) of the statutes; relating to: municipal court fees.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, when a municipal court finds that a person has violated an
ordinance, the municipal court judge may, in most cases, collect a court fee of not less
than $15 nor more than $28 from the person. Of that fee, the municipal treasurer
forwards $5 to the Department of Administration and retains the balance for use by
the municipality.
This bill increases the maximum court fee to $38.
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:
AB22,1 2Section 1. 814.65 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB22,2,53 814.65 (1) Court costs. In a municipal court action, except for a financial
4responsibility violation under s. 344.62 (2) or for a violation of an ordinance in
5conformity with s. 343.51 (1m) (b) or 347.48 (2m) the municipal judge shall collect
6a fee of not less than $15 nor more than $28 $38 on each separate matter, whether

1it is on default of appearance, a plea of guilty or no contest, on issuance of a warrant
2or summons, or the action is tried as a contested matter. Of each fee received by the
3judge under this subsection, the municipal treasurer shall pay monthly $5 to the
4secretary of administration for deposit in the general fund and shall retain the
5balance for the use of the municipality.
AB22,2,66 (End)