2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
April 18, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf,
Olsen, Schultz and Tiffany,
cosponsored by Representatives
Steineke, Ballweg, Born, Brooks, Craig,
Czaja, Endsley, Honadel, Jacque, Jagler, Kapenga, Kaufert, Kleefisch,
Knodl, T. Larson, Marklein, A. Ott, Petersen, Petryk, Sanfelippo,
Severson, Spiros, Strachota, Tittl and Weatherston. Referred to Elections
and Urban Affairs.
section 9 of article IV; to amend
section 12 (intro.) of article XIII and 2
section 12 (2) of article XIII; and to create
section 9 (2) of article IV of the 3
constitution; relating to: recall of elective officers and a code of ethics for
4government officials (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2013 legislature on first
consideration, limits the grounds for the recall of an incumbent congressional,
judicial, or legislative elective officer or any county elective officer specified in the
Wisconsin Constitution (elective officer). Currently, a petition for recall may be filed
with the officer who receives the nomination petition to the elective office in the
primary (filing officer), and need not demonstrate any grounds for the recall of an
elective officer. Under this amendment, an elective officer may be recalled only if he
or she has been charged with a serious crime or if a finding of probable cause has been
made that he or she violated the state code of ethics.
The amendment further requires the filing officer to determine, before a recall
election is scheduled, that the petition for recall demonstrates sufficient grounds for
recalling the elective officer.
The amendment also requires the legislature to establish a code of ethics for
government officials and a board to administer the code.
A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive
legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it becomes effective.
1Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That:
Section 12 (intro.) of article XIII of the constitution is amended to 3
[Article XIII] Section 12 (intro.) The qualified electors of the state, of any 5
congressional, judicial or legislative district or of any county may petition for the 6
recall of any incumbent elective officer after the first year of the term for which the 7
incumbent was elected, if the officer has been charged with a crime punishable by
8imprisonment of one year or more, or against whom a finding of probable cause of
9violation of the state code of ethics has been made,
by filing a petition with the filing 10
officer with whom the nomination petition to the office in the primary is filed, 11
demanding the recall of the incumbent.
Section 12 (2) of article XIII of the constitution is amended to read:
[Article XIII] Section 12 (2) The If the filing officer with whom the recall petition
14is filed determines that the petition sufficiently demonstrates the grounds for recall,
filing officer with whom the recall petition is filed shall call a recall election for 16
the Tuesday of the 6th week after the date of filing the petition or, if that Tuesday is 17
a legal holiday, on the first day after that Tuesday which is not a legal holiday.
Section 9 of article IV of the constitution is renumbered section 9 19
(1) of article IV.
Section 9 (2) of article IV of the constitution is created to read:
[Article IV] Section 9 (2) The legislature shall provide by law for the 22
establishment of a code of ethics for government officials and the establishment of 23
a board to administer the code.
5. Numbering of new provision.
If another constitutional 2
amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this 3
joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the 4
sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict.
5Be it further resolved, That
this proposed amendment be referred to the 6
legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three 7
months previous to the time of holding such election.