2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
February 20, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Taylor,
Risser and Harris,
cosponsored by Representatives
Kessler, Bewley, Berceau and Ohnstad.
Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Labor.
1An Act to create
304.09 (2) (am) and 304.105 of the statutes; relating to:
2creation of an independent pardon council.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the governor considers all applications for pardon of any
person, and the Department of Corrections must, upon the governor's request, make
recommendations to the governor as to pardons. This bill creates an independent
pardon council, consisting of nine reserve judges appointed by the governor and
confirmed by the senate. The independent pardon council must consider each
application for a pardon and make recommendations to the legislature and to the
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
304.09 (2) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) The independent pardon council under s. 304.105.
304.105 of the statutes is created to read:
6304.105 Independent pardon council.
There is created an independent 7
pardon council consisting of 9 permanent reserve judges, as defined in s. 753.075 (1)
(a), appointed by the governor, with senate confirmation. At its first meeting in each 2
odd-numbered year the council shall elect a chairperson from among its members. 3
The council shall meet at least quarterly.
The independent pardon council shall consider each application for a 5
pardon. Three-member panels of the council members shall, using procedures the 6
council establishes, hear testimony and make a recommendation for or against 7
pardon on each application. The recommendation of the panel is the 8
recommendation of the council. The council shall report its recommendations to the 9
legislature and to the governor.
Members of the independent pardon council may not be compensated for 11
their services, but the members shall be reimbursed from the appropriation account 12
under s. 20.525 (1) (a) for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the 13
performance of their duties.
Section 15.09 does not apply to the independent pardon council.