2113.49 Redistricting advisory commission. (1) Definitions.
In this section:
(a) "Chief election officer" means the chief election officer of the government 23
(b) "Four selecting authorities" means all of the following:
1. The majority leader of the senate.
2. The minority leader of the senate.
3. The speaker of the assembly.
4. The minority leader of the assembly.
(c) "Partisan public office" means any of the following:
1. The office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, 6
attorney general, state senator or state representative to the assembly.
2. A county office which is filled by an election process involving nomination 8
and election of candidates on a partisan basis.
(d) "Political party office" means an elective office in a political party, as defined 10
in s. 5.02 (13), or in a national political party.
(e) "Relative" means an individual who is related to the person in question as 12
father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, 13
husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, 14
son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, 15
stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother or half 16
17(2) General provisions.
(a) Not later than February 15 of the first year 18
following the decennial federal census, a temporary redistricting advisory 19
commission is created consisting of 5 members. Each of the 4 selecting authorities 20
shall certify to the chief election officer the selecting authority's appointment of a 21
person to serve on the commission. Within 30 days after the last selecting authority 22
has certified his or her appointment, but not later than February 15 of the first year 23
following the decennial federal census, the 4 commission members so appointed shall 24
select, by a vote of at least 3 members, and certify to the chief election officer the 5th 25
commission member, who shall serve as chairperson.
(b) No individual may be appointed to the redistricting advisory commission 2
who satisfies any of the following:
1. The individual is not an eligible elector of this state at the time of the 4
2. The individual holds partisan public office or political party office.
3. The individual is a relative of or is employed by a member of the legislature 7
or of Congress, or is employed directly by the legislature or Congress.
(c) Members of the redistricting advisory commission appointed by a selecting 9
authority shall be reimbursed from the appropriation account under s. 20.765 (1) (a) 10
or (b), depending upon the house in which that member's appointing authority holds 11
office, for actual and necessary expenses incurred in performance of duties as a 12
commission member. The member who is not appointed by a selecting authority 13
shall be reimbursed from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (1) (a) for actual and 14
necessary expenses incurred in performance of duties as a commission member.
(d) A vacancy on the redistricting advisory commission shall be filled as 16
provided in s. 17.20 (1) within 15 days after the vacancy occurs.
(e) Each redistricting advisory commission terminates upon complying with 18
. The redistricting advisory commission shall do all of the following:
(a) If requested to do so by the legislative reference bureau, provide direction 21
to the legislative reference bureau concerning any decision the legislative reference 22
bureau must make in preparing a redistricting plan under subch. I of ch. 4 for which 23
no clearly applicable guideline is provided under s. 4.007.
(b) Upon delivery by the legislative reference bureau of a bill embodying a 2
redistricting plan as required under s. 4.006, make available to the public at the 3
earliest feasible time all of the following information:
1. Copies of the bill.
2. Maps illustrating the plan.
3. A summary of the standards prescribed under s. 4.007 for development of the 7
4. A statement of the population of each district included in the plan, and the 9
relative deviation of each district population from the ideal district population.
(c) Upon delivery by the legislative reference bureau of an initial bill embodying 11
a redistricting plan as required under s. 4.006 (1), do all of the following:
1. As expeditiously as reasonably possible, schedule and conduct at least 3 13
public hearings, in different geographic regions of the state, on the plan embodied 14
in the bill. No more than one public hearing may be held in the city of Madison and 15
at least one public hearing shall be held in the northern half of the state.
2. Following the hearings held under subd. 1., promptly prepare and submit 17
to the legislature in the manner provided under s. 13.172 (2) a report summarizing 18
information and testimony received by the commission in the course of the hearings. 19
The report may include any comments and conclusions which the commission's 20
members deem appropriate concerning the information and testimony received at 21
the hearings or otherwise presented to the commission. The report shall be treated 22
in the same manner as a report submitted under s. 13.172 (2).
The redistricting advisory commission may establish 24
policies limiting the information that the legislative reference bureau may provide 25
to persons outside of the bureau staff concerning any redistricting plan prepared
under subch. I of ch. 4, except that any such policy does not apply to a redistricting 2
plan after a bill embodying that plan is delivered by the legislative reference bureau 3
as required under s. 4.006 or to population data furnished to the legislative reference 4
bureau by the U.S. bureau of the census.
(1) This act first applies to redistricting plans based on the 2020 decennial 7