The chief of the legislative reference bureau and a chief clerk of either house may enter into a written agreement under this joint rule to have the chief clerk, when the chief clerk's house is sitting in session, receive on the floor of the house copies of drafts of proposals, substitute amendments, and amendments transmitted electronically by the legislative reference bureau, and place the proposals in jacket envelopes and attach jacket cover sheets (stripes) to drafts of amendments and substitute amendments.
(b) The legislative reference bureau and the chief clerk may not act under this subsection until the legislative technology services bureau makes the computer programming changes and the legislative reference bureau and the chief clerk make the process changes necessary to permit the legislative reference bureau to transmit and the chief clerk to receive the drafts electronically in the chamber of the house, in a manner that ensures the confidentiality of the drafts, without changing the way the legislative reference bureau jackets proposals, substitute amendments, and amendments electronically.
(c) The legislative reference bureau and the chief clerk may not act under this subsection unless the chief clerk states in the agreement that the chief clerk and his or her employees:
1. Will comply with the requirements for confidentiality of drafts with which the legislative reference bureau must comply.
2. Provide, maintain, and supervise the equipment and the jackets for the electronic transmittal to the chief clerk as if the equipment and jackets were under the immediate supervision of the legislative reference bureau.
3. Submit directly to, and only to, the member any proposal in its jacket and any substitute amendment or amendment with its jacket attached.
(d) The legislative reference bureau may not transmit a draft of a proposal, substitute amendment, or amendment to the chief clerk under this rule unless the member requesting the draft waives confidentiality of the draft and requests the legislative reference bureau to transmit the draft under this rule.
Jacket envelopes for proposals, and amendment jackets for substitute amendments and amendments, shall be identified by red for proposals, substitute amendments, and amendments introduced or offered in the senate, and shall be identified by black for those introduced or offered in the assembly.
(b) Each amendment jacket shall contain blanks to identify the substitute amendment or amendment by number, to list the date it is offered, and to enter the name or names of the member, members, or committee of the house of origin that offered the substitute amendment or amendment. Each amendment jacket shall allow sufficient space to add, if appropriate, the name of the individual or organization requesting that it be offered.
(c) Each jacket envelope shall be large enough to hold the papers pertaining to the proposal without the papers being folded.
55. Authors and cosponsors.
Any bill or joint resolution may have, following and separate from the names of the authors of the bill or joint resolution, the names of one or more cosponsors from the other house.
(2) When a proposal or amendment is introduced or offered by request, the name of the person requesting introduction or the offering of the proposal or offering of the amendment shall be made a part of the record of the proposal.
56. Clerical corrections in legislative proposals and amendments.
The chief clerks and the legislative reference bureau shall correct all minor clerical errors found in any proposal or amendment. Any correction under this rule shall be entered by the chief clerk in the history file for the proposal of the house having possession of the proposal.
(2) The current edition of Webster's new international dictionary is the standard on questions of correct spelling, word usage, and proper grammar.
(3) Except as enumerated in pars. (a)
, corrections under this rule require in each instance the specific prior authorization of the presiding officer of the house having possession of the proposal. The following corrections do not require prior authorization:
(a) Inserting the enacting clause required for any bill by section 17
(1) of article IV
of the constitution, or inserting the usual enabling clause in any resolution.
(b) Correcting the title of a proposal so that the enumeration of sections affected accurately reflects the statutes, session laws, Wisconsin Acts, sections of the constitution, or legislative rules treated in the proposal.
(c) Correcting the title of a bill so that the relating clause complies with joint rule 52 (1) (d)
(d) Correcting the text of the proposal so that it conforms to sub. (2)
(e) Correcting erroneous numeric references.
57. Amendments to state constitution.
Every joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution introduced for the purpose of a first approval shall, in the closing paragraph, refer such proposed amendment to the legislature to be chosen at the next general election. Every joint resolution proposing the 2nd legislative approval of an amendment to the constitution shall, in the closing paragraph, provide for submission of the amendment to the people in accordance with section 1
of article XII
of the constitution.
(a) The text of a proposed constitutional amendment is not subject to change when a joint resolution submits such text for "2nd consideration" after the joint resolution was adopted on "first consideration" by the last preceding legislature, unless appropriate changes are made to revert the status of the constitutional amendment to "first consideration."
(am) While the constitutional amendment has "2nd consideration" status, only the relating clause and those paragraphs of the joint resolution pertaining to the ballot question and to the date of submission to the voters may be changed by amendment.
(b) Because any change in the text of a proposed constitutional amendment before the senate or assembly for "2nd consideration" reverts that proposed amendment to "first consideration" status, any change shall be presented to the senate or assembly in the form of a substitute amendment that, in its title, its resolving clauses, and its instructions for transmittal to the next succeeding legislature, properly sets forth the resultant "first consideration" status of the proposed constitutional amendment.
58. Amendments to U.S. constitution.
Any amendment to the constitution of the United States, submitted to the legislatures of the several states for ratification, shall be considered in the form of a joint resolution.
(2) Every joint resolution to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the United States shall be given 3 readings in each house. The vote on adoption or concurrence shall be a roll call vote with the ayes and noes entered in the journal.
(3) That part of a joint resolution to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the United States which correctly sets forth the text of the proposed amendment may not be amended.
59. Explanative notes.
In addition to such notes as are required by law or joint rule, explanative notes may be included in revision and correction bills prepared by the revisor of statutes, in reconciliation bills introduced by the committee on organization of either house, and in proposals introduced or offered and in substitute amendments or amendments offered by the joint legislative council or its law revision committee, at the request of the judicial council, and by or at the request of any other official interim study or investigative group. The notes shall be prepared by the requester, shall be factual in nature, shall be as brief as may be and, where feasible, shall follow the section of the proposal or amendment to which they relate. Notes may appear in the original reproduced version of the proposal or amendment only, and may not appear in the Wisconsin Acts or session law volumes unless the chief of the legislative reference bureau determines that including them is essential or in the statutes unless the revisor determines that including them is essential. The notes constitute no part of the proposed act or engrossed or enrolled resolution.
60. Enrolled proposals.
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, immediately after the passage of any bill, or the adoption of and concurrence in any joint resolution amending the constitution, and in the case of a bill, before it is presented to the governor for approval, the legislative reference bureau shall prepare the number of enrolled copies of the proposal requested by the chief clerk of the house in which the proposal originated. One copy shall be used as the enrolled bill that is presented to the governor or the enrolled resolution that is deposited with the secretary of state. Four copies of the enrolled bill or resolution shall be delivered to the secretary of state. A sufficient number of copies of the enrolled bill or enrolled resolution shall be delivered to the revisor of statutes.
(2) Whenever the legislative reference bureau determines that the text of a proposal passed by the legislature cannot be properly enrolled because of unreconciled conflicts in adopted amendments, the bureau shall report the problem to the committee on organization of the house in which the proposal originated. If the committee on organization concurs with that determination, the committee shall introduce a joint resolution recalling the proposal for further legislative action and the bureau may not enroll the proposal until the legislature acts on the joint resolution recalling the proposal.
REPRODUCTION OF PROPOSALS
62. Number of copies.
The joint committee on legislative organization may determine the number of copies of each proposal and amendments thereto to be reproduced on a routine basis unless otherwise provided by joint resolution.
(2) Additional copies of a legislative proposal may be procured by the house in which the proposal originated, as provided in the rules of the house or upon authorization by the committee on organization or chief clerk of that house.
63. Reproduction of engrossed proposals and amendments.
Upon the finding by the chief clerk of either house that a proposal or major amendment thereto has been amended in the house of origin to a considerable degree, the chief clerk may instruct the legislative reference bureau to prepare and have reproduced an engrossed copy of the proposal or amendment. In preparing engrossed copy for a proposal the legislative reference bureau shall, if time permits, provide it with a revised analysis. Upon receipt from the legislative reference bureau of the engrossed copy, the chief clerk shall enter that fact in the history file for the proposal. Any subsequent amendments to a proposal ordered reproduced with all adopted amendments engrossed therein shall be drafted to the reproduced engrossed text.
64. Display of text in amendatory proposals and acts.
Any proposal, substitute amendment, or amendment that proposes to amend an existing law or legislative rule, and any joint resolution that proposes to amend a section of the state constitution or joint rules, shall display the full text of the unit of the law, rule, or constitution that is being amended, with any matter to be stricken out displayed with a line through the matter, and any new matter displayed with underscoring. This requirement does not apply to:
(a) Reconciliation bills introduced by the committee on organization of either house or revisor's correction or revisor's revision bills.
(b) Appropriation sections that only increase or decrease the amount of an existing appropriation, which shall instead indicate the amount by which the applicable appropriation is to be increased or decreased, and the purpose of the increase or decrease.
(c) Proposals in which identical words are substituted for other words in designated parts of existing law, if the designated parts in which the words occur are enumerated.
(2) In any official publication of any act or enrolled joint resolution, matter stricken out shall be shown with a line through the stricken matter and new matter shall be shown as plain text if all of the designated part is created and as underscored text if the designated part is otherwise treated.
65. Inserting date of enactment and publication date of acts.
Before it transmits the text of an act for reproduction, the legislative reference bureau shall insert the act number, the date of enactment as defined in section 35.095 (1) (a)
of the statutes and the designated date of publication in the text of the act.
66. Enrolled joint resolutions.
All joint resolutions assigned an enrolled joint resolution number under joint rule 35
shall be included in the session laws. Others may be included in the session laws if the joint resolution so directs.
(2) Whenever more than one copy of a joint resolution is to be distributed, facsimile signatures of the several officers required to sign the resolutions may be used.
OTHER LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS
71. Legislative manuals.
The chief clerk of each house shall prepare a manual of procedure, which shall contain the matter as the house determines and has been customarily included in the manual. The chief clerks may prepare extracts of rules that have been changed or created for insertion in existing manuals for use until the new issues are available.
72. Daily calendars.
The quantity of daily calendars as ordered by the chief clerk of each house shall be reproduced. The format of the calendars shall for each house be as provided in the rules of that house or as directed by the committee on organization of that house.
73. Daily journals.
The chief clerk of each house shall prepare and transmit for reproduction, after the adjournment of each daily session, its daily journal.
(2) The journals shall contain a concise description of the business conducted by each house. Each proposal shall be identified in the journal by number and relating clause when it is introduced or offered, when reported by a committee, when first considered on any legislative day, or after significant business relating to another subject has intervened. All other journal references to the proposal shall be by number only. Either house may order any other of its proceedings included in its journal.
(3) All executive messages to the legislature, except veto messages and nominations for appointment requiring the advice and consent of the assembly, shall be included in the senate journal only. Executive pardon communications or reports and reports of the claims board under section 16.007
of the statutes and reports of lobbyist registrations required by section 13.685 (7)
of the statutes shall be included in the senate journal. The report of a joint committee shall be included in the journal of the house in which the resolution or act creating the committee originated. Joint resolutions and amendments to bills and joint resolutions may not be included in the journal except as required by section 1
of article XII
of the constitution.
(4) The presiding officer of each house shall direct that notice of receipt of any proposed administrative rule under section 227.19
of the statutes be included in the journal of the house, together with a notice of the standing committee to which the proposed rule is referred and the date of referral. The presiding officer shall direct that a similar notice be included whenever a proposed rule is withdrawn.
74. Journals in book form.
Within 90 days after the final adjournment of any biennial session of the legislature, the chief clerk of each house shall prepare the matter for its daily journal, which is required by the order of such house to be included therein; and any other matter, not already included in either journal, which is required to be included by joint action of the legislature, shall be prepared and transmitted by the chief clerk of the house in which the action originated.
(2) The journals for both houses shall be bound in cloth. The journals of regular, extraordinary, and special sessions may be bound together in the same volumes if the extraordinary or special session is called before the journals of the regular sessions have been bound; if not so bound the journals of both houses for the extraordinary or special session shall be bound together. The legislative reference bureau shall distribute the copies.
75. Schedule of committee activities.
The chief clerk of each house shall publish, on a daily basis on the legislature's committee Internet Web site, a committee schedule containing the name of each committee, its chairperson, the room number or place, and the time and date of each meeting scheduled; and, if applicable, shall designate each proposal, appointment, or administrative rule to be heard by number or name, author, and topic.
76. Bulletins of senate and assembly proceedings.
After the 3rd week of the biennial session, a "Bulletin of Proceedings" shall be published at convenient intervals. The senate and assembly parts shall each be published under the direction of the respective chief clerk and the index part shall be published as provided in joint rule 77
. The senate and assembly parts shall each contain a directory of the officers, members, committees of the legislature, status of business, bills enacted into law, acts originating in that house, bills vetoed, joint resolutions enrolled and deposited with the secretary of state, and the complete history of legislative action on the proposals and petitions originating in that house; in addition, the senate part shall contain the history of senate advice and consent on nominations for appointment.
(2) The chief clerk of each house shall supervise the completion of an up-to-date record of the actions by that house on all bills and joint resolutions and of the actions on resolutions originating in that house. The chief clerk shall publish the record for all proposals originating in that house as soon as completed.
77. Index to bulletin of proceedings.
The index to the bulletin of proceedings shall be prepared by the legislative reference bureau. The index shall contain:
(1) A subject index to legislation, showing a brief description of each proposal or petition, and may contain a brief description of such amendments as materially alter the subject content of a proposal.