2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 28, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Gudex, Wanggaard, Roth, Marklein,
Nass, LeMahieu and Vukmir, cosponsored by Representatives Schraa,
August, Kuglitsch, Neylon, Tittl, Craig, Rohrkaste, Gannon, Kleefisch,
Weatherston, Steffen, Sanfelippo, Allen, Genrich, Czaja, Born, Kremer,
Knudson, Petersen, Krug, R. Brooks, Tauchen and Horlacher. Referred to
Committee on Labor and Government Reform.
SJR4,1,3 1To amend section 1 of article VI, section 3 of article VI and sections 7 and 8 of article
2X; and to create section 17 of article XIV of the constitution; relating to:
3deleting from the constitution the office of state treasurer (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2015 legislature on first
consideration, deletes from the constitution the office of state treasurer.
Term of incumbent
Under the proposal, the final election for state treasurer required by the
constitution is the one that was held in November 2014. The incumbent will continue
to serve until the first Monday in January 2019.
State treasurer's duties
Currently, the only duty assigned to the state treasurer by the constitution is
to serve as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands; all other duties
are prescribed by law. The proposal removes the state treasurer as a member of the
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
The three-member Board of Commissioners of Public Lands presently consists
of the secretary of state, the state treasurer, and the attorney general. Under this
proposal, the lieutenant governor becomes a member in place of the state treasurer.

Second consideration and ratification
A constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures,
and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
SJR4,2,1 1Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That:
SJR4,1 2Section 1. Section 1 of article VI of the constitution is amended to read:
SJR4,2,63 [Article VI] Section 1. The qualified electors of this state, at the times and
4places of choosing the members of the legislature,
shall in 1970 and every 4 years
elect a secretary of state, treasurer and an attorney general who shall hold
6their offices
for 4 years 4-year terms.
SJR4,2 7Section 2. Section 3 of article VI of the constitution is amended to read:
SJR4,2,98 [Article VI] Section 3. The powers, duties, and compensation of the treasurer
attorney general shall be prescribed by law.
SJR4,3 10Section 3. Sections 7 and 8 of article X of the constitution are amended to read:
SJR4,2,1511 [Article X] Section 7. The lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and
12attorney general, shall constitute a board of commissioners for the sale of the school
13and university lands and for the investment of the funds arising therefrom. Any two
14of said commissioners shall be a quorum for the transaction of all business pertaining
15to the duties of their office.
SJR4,816 Section 8. Provision shall be made by law for the sale of all school and university
17lands after they shall have been appraised; and when any portion of such lands shall
18be sold and the purchase money shall not be paid at the time of the sale, the
19commissioners shall take security by mortgage upon the lands sold for the sum
20remaining unpaid, with seven per cent 7 percent interest thereon, payable annually
21at the office of the treasurer as provided by law. The commissioners shall be
22authorized to execute a good and sufficient conveyance to all purchasers of such

1lands, and to discharge any mortgages taken as security, when the sum due thereon
2shall have been paid. The commissioners shall have power to withhold from sale any
3portion of such lands when they shall deem it expedient, and shall invest all moneys
4arising from the sale of such lands, as well as all other university and school funds,
5in such manner as the legislature shall provide, and shall give such security for the
6faithful performance of their duties as may be required by law.
SJR4,4 7Section 4. Section 17 of article XIV of the constitution is created to read:
SJR4,3,128 [Article XIV] Section 17. The state treasurer holding office on the date of
9ratification of the 2015-17 amendment providing for the deletion of that office from
10the constitution shall continue to hold that office until the first Monday of January
11in 2019. Any vacancy in the office occurring before that date shall be filled in the
12manner provided by law.
SJR4,5 13Section 5. Numbering of new provisions. If another constitutional
14amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this
15joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the
16sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict and adjust
17any cross-references thereto.
SJR4,3,20 18Be it further resolved, That this proposed amendment be referred to the
19legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three
20months previous to the time of holding such election.
SJR4,3,2121 (End)