(2) Unless otherwise required by the state constitution, a majority of the current membership constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
(3) A number smaller than a majority of the current membership may, however, adjourn the assembly or compel the attendance of absent members.
Assembly Rule 31. Regular orders of business. Following any opening prayer and salute to the flag, the regular orders of business are as follows:
(1) First order. Call of the roll.
(2) Second order. Introduction, first reading, and reference of proposals.
(3) Third order. Committee reports and subsequent reference of proposals.
(4) Fourth order. Messages from the senate, and other communications.
(5) Fifth order. Consideration of conference committee reports and vetoes.
(6) Sixth order. Consideration of senate action on proposals approved by the assembly.
(7) Seventh order. Making and consideration of motions for reconsideration of passage, indefinite postponement, concurrence, or nonconcurrence.
(8) Eighth order. Consideration of resolutions.
(9) Ninth order. Third reading of assembly proposals.
(10) Tenth order. Third reading of senate proposals.
(11) Eleventh order. Second reading and amendment of assembly proposals.
(12) Twelfth order. Second reading and amendment of senate proposals.
(13) Thirteenth order. Motions may be offered.
(14) Fourteenth order. Announcements.
(15) Fifteenth order. Adjournment.
Assembly Rule 32. Variations in the regular order; special orders. The regular order of business may be interrupted or changed under the following conditions:
(1) At the discretion of the presiding officer, at any time during the session except while the assembly is voting, but only under the following conditions:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, messages from the senate or from the governor may be received and read, and any proposal referenced in the messages that is a senate proposal initially received for consideration of the assembly shall be referred and any other proposals referenced in the messages shall be taken up immediately unless referred by the presiding officer to a standing committee or to the calendar. Any messages from the senate referring to a senate joint resolution memorializing Congress or any branch or officer of the federal government that is received for consideration of the assembly may be read but the senate joint resolution may not be received for consideration. The senate joint resolution shall be transmitted to the senate immediately after the message is read;
(b) Proposals may be introduced, or offered, and referred when a report, showing the number and relating clause of the proposals introduced or offered and the speaker's referral of each such proposal, has been provided to the members; or
(c) Proposals reported by one committee may be given subsequent reference to another committee or may be referred to the calendar when a report, showing the number and relating clause of such proposals and the speaker's subsequent referral of each such proposal, is provided to the members.
(2) When the assembly is scheduled to meet in joint convention with the senate, the presiding officer may interrupt business to await the arrival of the senate. When the senate arrives, the assembly sergeant at arms shall announce the arrival to the presiding officer. The president of the senate or, in the president's absence, the speaker of the assembly shall preside over any joint convention. The assembly chief clerk shall act as the chief clerk of the joint convention.
(3) Whenever any proposal has been made a special order of business, the assembly shall proceed to the special order at the designated time or a later time, as determined by the presiding officer.
(a) Special orders have precedence over the regular orders of business and shall be considered in any order, as determined by the presiding officer.
(b) The priority and sequence of special orders are not lost either by adjournment or by recess.
(c) Whenever one special order is under consideration, the arrival of the scheduled time for another special order does not interrupt the discussion of the special order under consideration.
(4) Whenever the regular order is interrupted for any purpose it shall be resumed at the point of interruption or as provided in rule 29 (4). ar33
Assembly Rule 33. Resolutions for special orders of business. At any time after a proposal is placed on a calendar or referred to or introduced or offered by the committee on rules, that committee may offer a resolution making the proposal a special order of business at a time and on a date specified in the resolution. A single resolution may make several proposals special orders of business.
(1) Any such resolution may limit the time for debate on the proposal or proposals involved.
(a) The majority leader and the minority leader or their designees, respectively, shall serve as floor managers for the proponents and for the opponents of each such proposal.
(b) Within the time limits established by the resolution, the floor managers shall allocate debate time among the members of their respective sides. The floor managers shall inform the presiding officer of the names of members to be recognized in debate.
(2) A resolution offered by the committee on rules to make a proposal a special order of business is not amendable.
(3) Any resolution offered by the committee on rules to make a proposal a special order is privileged and may be received under any order of business. Such a resolution shall be taken up and acted upon immediately, ahead of all other proposals. The question before the assembly is adoption of the resolution. The only motion in order with regard to any such resolution is the motion to reject. Debate on the questions of adoption and rejection is limited to 5 minutes each.
(4) Any special order created by adoption of a resolution under this rule shall be taken up at the time indicated in the resolution or 12 hours following its adoption, whichever is later. Any motion to reconsider an action on the special order shall be taken up immediately unless a different time is set by vote of a majority of the members present and voting for a specific motion to reconsider. The motion to advance the proposal to its 3rd reading and the motion to message the proposal to the other house may be adopted by a majority of the members present and voting.
(5) If ordered to a 3rd reading, any proposal made a special order under this rule shall appear as a continuing special order of business on the calendar for the 2nd legislative day after the order. Any such continuing special order shall be listed by the time and date of the original order and takes precedence over all other proposals that appear on the same calendar except continuing special orders of an earlier time and date.
(6) Any resolution under this rule must be provided to the members before action is taken thereon.
(7) If any bill that is introduced in the assembly or senate under section 227.19 (5) (e) or 227.26 (2) (f) of the statutes is not advanced to a 2nd reading within 40 days after the date of referral to an assembly standing committee, the committee on rules shall offer a resolution to make the bill a special order of business. This subsection does not apply if the bill is introduced within 40 days after the time at which further proposals may not be introduced or offered in the regular session under joint rule 83 (2).
GENERAL PROCEDURES ON PROPOSALS
AND RELATED MATTERS
Assembly Rule 34. Chief clerk receives matters addressed to the assembly. ar34(1)(1)
The chief clerk shall receive all proposals, amendments, petitions, committee reports, citations under rules 96 and 97, proposals by administrative agencies under rule 13 (2), communications, and all other matters addressed to the assembly and shall dispose of them in accordance with the assembly rules and the joint rules.
(2) Matters shall be kept in the sequence received and, if required, be read by the chief clerk under the appropriate order of business in such sequence.
Assembly Rule 35. Proposals, amendments, and reports to be provided before debate. ar35(1)(1)
A proposal, conference committee report, or veto, except a resolution under rule 33 or 43, may not be considered until it has been made available to the members for at least 24 hours excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. If the rules are suspended for the consideration of any proposal before it is available, the proposal shall be read at length at least once before its final passage or final adoption and concurrence.
(2) When an amendment has not been provided to the members, the amendment shall be read at length to the membership by the chief clerk before the presiding officer states the question of its adoption to the assembly.
(3) When a fiscal estimate for, or joint survey committee report on, a bill has not been provided to the members, the chief clerk shall read the estimate or report to the membership before consideration of the bill by the assembly.
Assembly Rule 36. Clerical corrections to proposals or amendments. ar36(1)(1)
The chief clerk and the legislative reference bureau shall:
(a) Correct clerical errors in proposals or amendments, such as errors in spelling, grammatical structure, the improper use of a word, and wrong numbering or referencing.
(b) Insert any missing enacting or enabling clause in any proposal before its passage or final adoption and concurrence if the same has been omitted.
(c) When necessary, make technical corrections in the title of any proposal so that it shows any sections affected and the subject to which the proposal relates, mentioning appropriations, penalties, or rule-making authority if the proposal relates to such matters.
(2) The chief clerk shall enter any correction made under this rule in the history file for the proposal.
Assembly Rule 37. Petitions and other documents. ar37(1)(1)
Any petition presented to the assembly shall be delivered to the chief clerk and shall be recorded in the journal by number, subject matter, name of the member by whom presented, and name of the communicating person or organization. The speaker may refer any petition to a committee for disposition.
(2) All other documents presented to the assembly shall be delivered to the chief clerk who shall, if directed to do so by the speaker, state the subject matter of each document, the name of the member by whom it was delivered, and the name of the communicating person or organization. The speaker may refer the documents to a committee for disposition. All communications among the documents may be reproduced in the journal when so directed by the speaker or by order of the assembly.
Assembly Rule 38. Assembly publications and copying. All assembly publications and copying shall conform to legislative rules or be as determined by the committee on assembly organization or the joint committee on legislative organization.
OFFERING, INTRODUCTION, AND DISPOSITION
Assembly Rule 39. Introduction and offering of proposals. ar39(1)(1)
Except as otherwise provided in joint rule 83 (2) and this subsection, any member or standing committee may introduce or offer proposals in the assembly on any day of the biennial legislative session. No member or standing committee may offer any assembly joint resolution or resolution memorializing Congress or any branch or officer of the federal government.
(2) Any proposal introduced or offered shall have been prepared by the legislative reference bureau and shall conform to the legislative rules and laws governing form.
(3) A proposal may not be received for introduction or be offered if changes have been made to the draft prepared by the legislative reference bureau.
Proposals shall be submitted to the office of the chief clerk for introduction or to be offered.
(b) The chief clerk shall prepare a report containing the number, relating clause, and authors of each proposal to be introduced or offered. The report shall be presented to the speaker for referral under rule 42. ar39(4)(c)
(c) The speaker shall refer a properly jacketed proposal within 10 working days after the office of the chief clerk receives the proposal for introduction or to be offered or on the final legislative day of the last general-business floorperiod preceding the veto review session, whichever is earlier. The chief clerk shall publish the referral in the first journal published after the referral is made.
Assembly Rule 40. Readings of bills. ar40(1)(1)
Every assembly bill, and every senate bill received by the assembly for consideration, shall receive a reading on each of 3 separate and nonconsecutive legislative days under the appropriate order of business designated in rule 31. ar40(2)
(2) Unless otherwise ordered, each reading shall consist of reading the relating clause in the bill's title or on first reading be as provided in rule 42 (2) or (3). ar41
Assembly Rule 41. Readings of resolutions. ar41(1)(1)
Except as further provided in subs. (2) and (3) and except as otherwise provided in this subsection, any assembly joint resolution or resolution, and any senate joint resolution received by the assembly for consideration, shall receive a reading on each of 2 separate and nonconsecutive legislative days under the appropriate order of business designated in rule 31. Unless otherwise ordered, each reading shall consist of reading the relating clause in the resolution's title or on first reading be as provided in rule 42 (2) or (3). This subsection does not apply to any senate joint resolution that the assembly is prohibited from considering under rule 32 (1) (a). ar41(2)
(2) Any joint resolution proposing a change in the constitution of this state or the ratification of an amendment to the constitution of the United States shall be given 3 separate readings as provided for bills in rule 40. ar41(3)
(3) Any privileged resolution or joint resolution shall be treated as provided in rules 33 and 43. ar42
Assembly Rule 42. First reading and reference of proposals. ar42(1)(1) Upon the introduction or offering of any proposal in the assembly, or the initial receipt of a senate proposal for consideration in the assembly, the proposal shall be read for the first time.
(a) Any proposal that requires 2 or more readings shall be referred by the presiding officer or speaker to committee, or to the calendar for the 2nd legislative day following the referral, or to the committee on rules.
(ad) All bills introduced in the assembly which by any statute require reference to a particular committee shall be so referred upon first reading and all senate bills when received from the senate shall be so referred upon first reading except where the senate record on the bill discloses that the statutory requirement has been satisfied by reference to the committee in the senate.
(am) Notwithstanding par. (ad), the speaker or presiding officer may refer any bill that pertains only incidentally to a matter of concern to a joint survey committee directly to the committee appropriate to the major substance of the bill, and in that case shall direct the appropriate joint survey committee to prepare its report on the bill while that bill is in the possession of the other committee. This rule does not suspend the requirement that the report of the appropriate joint survey committee must be received before the bill is given its 2nd reading.