2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
September 21, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Shankland, Doyle, Barca,
Barnes, Berceau, Brostoff, Considine, Danou, Hebl, Hesselbein, Hintz,
Johnson, Jorgensen, Kolste, Ohnstad, Pope, Sargent, Sinicki, Spreitzer,
Subeck, C. Taylor, Wachs and Zamarripa, cosponsored by Senators Hansen,
Erpenbach, C. Larson, Lassa, Ringhand, Risser and L. Taylor. Referred to
Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
1An Act to create
11.37 (3) of the statutes; relating to: reporting travel expenses
2for elected state officials seeking national office and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires an elected state official who is considering running for, or
pursuing the nomination or election to, a national office to submit monthly
statements to the Government Accountability Board identifying the official's travel
expenses from the previous month. The bill also requires the official to reimburse
the state for the amount of any state funds that the official used to pay for travel
expenses used to consider or pursue the nomination or election to a national office.
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:
11.37 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
An elected state official, as identified under s. 20.923 (2) and (3), 5
who is considering running for, or pursuing the nomination or election to, a national 6
office shall file a monthly statement with the board, in the manner prescribed by the
board, that provides an itemized list of the official's travel expenses incurred in the 2
previous month, including an itinerary of the dates traveled; the destination, 3
location, and purpose of such travel; and the total cost of security protection and staff 4
expenses. The statement shall also specify the source from which those costs were 5
(b) If the elected state official used state funds to pay for any of the costs 7
identified in a statement filed under par. (a) for purposes of considering or pursuing 8
the nomination or election to a national office, the official shall reimburse the state 9
for the amount of the state funds used for such purposes by paying that amount to 10
the department of administration no later than 30 days after filing the report under 11
par. (a). An official who fails to reimburse the state before the 30-day period expires 12
shall pay to the department of administration a penalty of $500 for each day that the 13
official is late making the payment.
(1) This act first applies to travel expenses incurred on the effective date of this 16