2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
May 19, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Steffen,
Ballweg, Brandtjen, R.
Brooks, Craig, Jacque, Jarchow, Kooyenga, Kremer, Kulp, Macco, Murphy,
Neylon, Petersen, Rohrkaste and Thiesfeldt, cosponsored by Senators
Cowles, LeMahieu, Marklein, Stroebel and Wanggaard. Referred to
Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations.
1An Act to renumber and amend
13.121 (4); and to create
13.121 (4) (b) of the 2
statutes; relating to: elimination of sick leave for state senators and
3representatives to the assembly.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, individuals employed by the state, including state senators and
representatives to the assembly, are generally entitled to receive paid sick leave as
part of their compensation. If a state employee does not use all of his or her sick leave
during a calendar year, he or she may accumulate unused sick leave from year to year
in a sick leave account. Generally, if a state employee terminates employment and
meets certain conditions related to age or years of employment, the employee's
accumulated unused sick leave may be converted, at his or her highest basic pay rate,
to credits for the payment of postretirement health insurance premiums under a
health insurance plan administered by the Group Insurance Board.
This bill provides that no state senator or representative to the assembly may
accrue any new sick leave as a state senator or representative to the assembly during
any term of office that begins after the bill's effective date. The bill does not affect
any sick leave accrued by a state senator or representative to the assembly during
a term of office that began before the bill's effective date.
For further information see the state 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:
13.121 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 13.121 (4) (a) and amended 2
(a) For the purpose of premium determinations under s. 40.05 (4) 4
and (5) each member of the legislature shall accrue sick leave at a rate equivalent 5
to a percentage of time worked recommended for such positions by the director of the 6
office of state employment relations and approved by the joint committee on 7
employment relations in the same manner as compensation for such positions is 8
determined under s. 20.923, except as provided in par. (b)
. This percentage of time 9
worked shall be applied to the sick leave accrual rate established under s. 230.35 (2). 10
The approved percentage shall be incorporated into the compensation plan under s. 11
13.121 (4) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) No member of the legislature may accrue any new sick leave as 14
a member of the legislature during any term of office that begins after the effective 15
date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date]. Nothing in this paragraph affects any 16
sick leave accrued by a member of the legislature during a term of office that began 17
before the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date].