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2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
January 10, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Vos and Suder.
AR4,1,2 1To create assembly rule 23 (1m), assembly rule 26 (8), assembly rule 26 (9) and
2assembly rule 56 (4); relating to: the assembly rules.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This resolution makes the following substantive changes to the assembly rules:
Conducting Committee on Assembly Organization meetings by ballot
The resolution permits the Committee on Assembly Organization to conduct its
business by ballot. If the committee elects to vote by ballot, public notice shall be
given at least 24 hours before the ballot is circulated.
Behavior in gallery
The resolution provides that individuals may be admitted to the visitor
galleries for the sole purpose of observing the proceedings of the assembly.
Individuals admitted to the visitor galleries shall at all times remain quiet, act in an
orderly manner, and respect the decorum of the chamber. The resolution provides
that no individual may engage in any conduct that expresses or that may be
considered to express support for or opposition to any matter before the assembly or
that may come before the assembly. In addition, without limitation because of
enumeration, no individual in the visitor galleries may use any audio or video device
to record, photograph, film, videotape, or in any way depict the proceedings on or
about the assembly floor. The amended assembly rules specifically state that this
policy regarding conduct is established for the purpose of keeping the doors of the
assembly open, as provided in section 10 of article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution.
The resolution provides that an individual may not engage in any behavior in
the visitor galleries that the presiding officer determines does not respect the

decorum of the chamber or that hinders the right of representatives to the assembly
to participate in proceedings in the chamber. In addition, no individual may do any
of the following in the visitor galleries: lean over or put any object over the balcony;
use a laptop or other computer device; stand except for prayer or pledge of allegiance
or as otherwise permitted by the presiding officer; use recording devices of any kind;
use cell phones or pagers; read newspapers or other printed materials; eat any food
or drink any beverages; exhibit public displays or demonstrations; display signs or
placards; possess bags or briefcases; or wear hats.
Finally, the resolution provides that an individual who engages in a prohibited
action may be removed from the visitor galleries and not be allowed admittance to
the visitor galleries for a period of 24 hours. For a second violation during a biennial
legislative session, the individual may be removed from the visitor galleries and not
be allowed admittance to the visitor galleries until the first roll call day of the next
regularly scheduled floorperiod. For a third violation during a biennial legislative
session, the individual may be removed from visitor galleries and not be allowed
admittance to the visitor galleries for the remainder of the biennial legislative
session.
Dress code on assembly floor; recognition
The resolution provides that while the assembly is in session, on the assembly
floor in the rectangular area bounded on four corners by the pillars in the front and
back of the chamber, members and other individuals should dress appropriately,
which has traditionally been considered to include a coat and tie for men and
appropriate attire for women. In this area, no member or other individual may wear
an overcoat or hat. The presiding officer may exempt individuals, other than
members, from these requirements when appropriate. The resolution also provides
that the presiding officer is not required to recognize any member who is in violation
of this dress code.
AR4,2,1 1Resolved by the assembly, That:
AR4, s. 1 2Section 1. Assembly rule 23 (1m) is created to read:
AR4,2,5 3Assembly Rule 23 (1m) The committee on assembly organization may conduct
4any business by ballot. If the committee elects to vote by ballot, public notice shall
5be given at least 24 hours before the ballot is circulated.
AR4, s. 2 6Section 2. Assembly rule 26 (8) is created to read:
AR4,3,7 7Assembly Rule 26 (8) (a) For the purpose of keeping the doors of the assembly
8open, as provided in section 10 of article IV of the constitution, individuals may be
9admitted to the visitor galleries for the sole purpose of observing the proceedings of

1the assembly. Individuals admitted to the visitor galleries shall at all times remain
2quiet, act in an orderly manner, and respect the decorum of the chamber. Individuals
3in the visitors galleries may not engage in any conduct that expresses or that may
4be considered to express support for or opposition to any matter before the assembly
5or that may come before the assembly and may not use any audio or video device to
6record, photograph, film, videotape, or in any way depict the proceedings on or about
7the assembly floor.
AR4,3,128 (b) An individual may not engage in any behavior in the visitor galleries that
9the presiding officer determines does not respect the decorum of the chamber or that
10hinders the right of representatives to the assembly to participate in proceedings in
11the chamber. In addition, without limitation because of enumeration, no individual
12may do any of the following in the visitor galleries:
AR4,3,1313 1. Lean over or put any object over the balcony.
AR4,3,1414 2. Use a laptop or other computer device.
AR4,3,1615 3. Stand except for prayer or pledge of allegiance or as otherwise permitted by
16the presiding officer.
AR4,3,1717 4. Use recording devices of any kind.
AR4,3,1818 5. Use cell phones or pagers.
AR4,3,1919 6. Read newspapers or other printed materials.
AR4,3,2020 7. Eat any food or drink any beverages.
AR4,3,2121 8. Exhibit public displays or demonstrations.
AR4,3,2222 9. Display signs or placards.
AR4,3,2323 10. Possess bags or briefcases.
AR4,3,2424 11. Wear hats.
AR4,4,3
1(c) 1. Any individual who violates par. (a) or (b) may be removed from the visitor
2galleries and not be allowed admittance to the visitor galleries for a period of 24
3hours.
AR4,4,74 2. Any individual who violates par. (a) or (b) a 2nd time during a biennial
5legislative session may be removed from the visitor galleries and not be allowed
6admittance to the visitor galleries until the first roll call day of the next regularly
7scheduled floorperiod.
AR4,4,118 3. Any individual who violates par. (a) or (b) a 3rd time during a biennial
9legislative session may be removed from the visitor galleries and not be allowed
10admittance to the visitor galleries for the remainder of the biennial legislative
11session.
AR4, s. 3 12Section 3. Assembly rule 26 (9) is created to read:
AR4,4,19 13Assembly Rule 26 (9) While the assembly is in session, on the assembly floor
14in the rectangular area bounded on 4 corners by the pillars in the front and back of
15the chamber, members and other individuals should dress appropriately, which has
16traditionally been considered to include a coat and tie for men and appropriate attire
17for women. In this area, no member or other individual may wear an overcoat or hat.
18The presiding officer may exempt individuals, other than members, from the
19requirements of this subsection when appropriate.
AR4, s. 4 20Section 4. Assembly rule 56 (4) is created to read:
AR4,4,22 21Assembly Rule 56 (4) The presiding officer is not required to recognize any
22member who is in violation of rule 26 (9).
AR4,4,2323 (End)
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