92. Continuity of senate rules.
Senate rules are effective until amended or repealed by the senate. Senate rules remain in force at the beginning of a succeeding biennial session until superseded by rules adopted by the senate in the succeeding biennial session of the legislature.
93. Special or extraordinary sessions.
Unless otherwise provided by the senate for a specific special or extraordinary session, the rules of the senate adopted for the biennial session, with the following modifications, apply to each special session called by the governor and to each extraordinary session called by the senate and assembly organization committees or called by a joint resolution approved by both houses:
(1) Except as provided in sub. (1d)
, a proposal or amendment may not be considered unless it accomplishes the special purposes for which the special session was convened or the business specified in the action authorizing the extraordinary session. Notwithstanding rule 46 (6)
, any proposal that is adversely and finally disposed of for the biennial session may be revived by specific inclusion in the action authorizing an extraordinary session, provided that the proposal had not failed a vote of concurrence or passage in the senate. Any proposal revived under this subsection is considered to be at the same stage of the proceedings as it had attained upon being adversely and finally disposed of.
(1d) Resolutions offering commendations, congratulations, or condolences, memorializing congress or an individual, or affecting senate or legislative rules or proceedings, and nominations for appointments are declared not to be within the meaning of the term “business" under the constitutional provision limiting the matters to be considered during special sessions to those enumerated in the governor's call for a special session. All such matters may be considered during any extraordinary session. All such matters are not subject to sub. (1p)
(1p) A senate proposal may not be considered unless it is recommended to be introduced, offered, or considered by the committee on senate organization, the senate committee on finance, the joint committee on finance, the joint committee on legislative organization, or by the joint committee on employment relations.
(2) A notice of a committee meeting is not required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board.
(3) The daily calendar is in effect immediately upon posting on the legislative bulletin boards. The calendar need not be distributed.
(4) Any point of order shall be decided within one hour.
(5) A motion may not be entertained to postpone action to a day or time certain.
(6) Any motion to advance a proposal and any motion to message a proposal to the assembly may be adopted by a majority of those present and voting.
94. Publishing of senate rules.
Within one week after the adoption of a resolution significantly changing the senate rules, the chief clerk shall direct the distribution of a new pamphlet incorporating the entire text of the senate rules as affected by the resolution unless, in the judgment of the chief clerk, additional rule changes may soon be agreed to by the senate. Each pamphlet edition shall contain a revised table of contents and index prepared by the legislative reference bureau.
(b) As directed by the chief clerk, a resolution amending the senate rules may be engrossed and duplicated for distribution.
95. Copies for senate.
All publications for the senate and reproduction to be done for the senate shall conform to the senate and joint rules or be as determined by the committee on senate organization or the joint committee on legislative organization.
95m. Governor's veto message.
The governor's veto message shall be read at length unless copies of the document have been distributed to the members.
96. Fiscal estimates.
The committee on senate organization may request from the legislative fiscal bureau an original fiscal estimate on a bill if the committee believes that a fiscal estimate on the bill will not be completed by the state agency assigned to prepare the fiscal estimate before the bill receives a public hearing, is voted on by a senate standing committee, or is considered by the senate.
(1m) The chairperson of any committee may request from the legislative fiscal bureau an original fiscal estimate on a bill if the fiscal estimate on the bill is not completed by the state agency assigned to prepare the fiscal estimate before the 5th day after the deadline specified under joint rule 42 (3)
(2) An original fiscal estimate prepared under sub. (1)
shall be submitted to the legislative reference bureau for review by the requester under joint rule 48
and for reproduction and insertion in the bill jacket envelope. The fiscal estimate, however, may not be reproduced or inserted if the fiscal estimate prepared by the state agency is available for reproduction and insertion before the fiscal estimate prepared under sub. (1)
(3) Unless otherwise determined by the senate, failure to receive a fiscal estimate requested under sub. (1)
on a bill that already has one or more original fiscal estimates does not delay consideration of the bill. Unless otherwise determined by the senate, failure to receive a fiscal estimate requested other than under sub. (1)
on a bill that already has one or more original fiscal estimates requested under sub. (1)
does not delay consideration of the bill.
97. Space assignments.
At the commencement of each biennial session, the committee on senate organization shall assign to each member the seat to be occupied by that member during the biennial session. The schedule of room assignments to members and committees, and the schedule of meetings of standing committees, shall follow the schedule of the previous biennial session unless changed by vote of the committee on senate organization.
97m. Use of committee rooms and legislative staff for certain meetings.
A member may not hold in a committee room a meeting of a formally constituted group or caucus that was not created by the committee on senate organization, other than a meeting of a partisan caucus, or receive staff assistance at such a meeting from the office of the sergeant at arms or a legislative service agency, unless the meeting is approved by the committee on senate organization. Requests for assistance from the office of the sergeant at arms or a legislative service agency for meetings in a committee room with constituent groups does not require approval from the committee on senate organization.
98. Citations on behalf of the senate; joint citations.
A member may sponsor a citation on behalf of the senate to a particular person, group, or organization or to commemorate a particular event or occasion as specified in the citation. Citations may be issued during any floorperiod, during any committee work period, or during the interim period of committee work. Citations are issued without formal approval by vote of the senate.
(1m) Citations may be used in place of resolutions for commendations, congratulations, and condolences of persons, groups, or organizations or to give recognition to unusual and important events or occasions, except that the use of citations may not be abused. The committee on senate organization may more specifically interpret this subsection.
(2) If desired by the issuing member, a citation on behalf of the senate may be coauthored by one or more other members or cosponsored by one or more representatives to the assembly.
(3) The president and chief clerk shall sign a citation on behalf of the senate. If so signed, it is considered approved by the senate and shall be so recorded in the journal. The issuing senator, and any cosponsor, may also sign the citation. If the president or chief clerk refuses to approve a citation, the committee on senate organization may require the president and chief clerk to approve it. A copy of the finished citation shall be provided to the issuing senator, and another copy thereof shall be filed in the legislative reference bureau.
(4) All citations on behalf of the senate must be prepared on an artistic form, must first be approved by the committee on senate organization, must be suitable for framing, and must be in substantially the following form:
(Scrollwork Incorporating State Coat of Arms)
CITATION BY THE SENATE
Know You By These Presents:
Whereas, The Burlington Standard Press has been recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association; and
Whereas, William E. Branen, Publisher of the Burlington Standard Press, has been named by....; now,
The Members of the Wisconsin Senate, on the motion of Senators Maurer and Cullen [and Representative(s)], under Senate Rule 98
, congratulate William E. Branen for his accomplishments .... .
(5) A proposed citation under joint rule 7
shall, when received by the senate and whether originating in this house or in the assembly, be laid aside to allow time to examine the proposed citation for its compliance with joint rule 7
. Upon approval by the president and the chief clerk, the citations are considered approved by the senate and shall be so recorded in the journal. If the president or chief clerk refuses to approve a proposed citation, the committee on senate organization may require the president and chief clerk to approve it. A written committee report is not necessary.
The following are definitions of the major terms used in the senate rules or traditionally used in deliberations on the floor:
A bill that has passed both houses of the legislature, been enrolled, and been approved by the governor or passed over the governor's veto, or that becomes law without the signature of the governor, and published.
To conclude a legislative day's business [see also sub. (79)
Approval of a motion, amendment, substitute amendment, simple resolution, or joint resolution [see also subs. (16)
A suggested alteration in a proposal or amendment, often referred to as a simple amendment in distinction to a substitute amendment, which is intended to take the place of the proposal.
A member's challenge of a ruling on a point of order. To prevail, an appeal requires the support of a majority of a quorum.
A proposed change of law originating in either house, requiring passage by one house and concurrence of the other house of the legislature and approval of the governor, or passage notwithstanding the objections of the governor by a two-thirds vote in each house, or that becomes law without the signature of the governor, before becoming effective.
The agenda for a legislative day.
(9) Call of the house:
A procedure for requiring the attendance of absent members.
(10) Certificate or citation:
A formal legislative document of commendation, congratulations, or condolences.
The position that the presiding officer fills.
(12) Chief clerk:
The officer elected to perform and direct the clerical and personnel functions of one of the houses.
(13) Committee chairperson:
The head of a committee.
(14) Committee executive action:
The action of a committee on any proposal.
(14m) Committee of conference:
A committee of representatives to the assembly and of senators, appointed to resolve differences on a specific proposal.
(15) Committee of the whole:
The membership of one house organized in committee for the discussion of a specific matter.
The action by which one house agrees to a proposal or action of the other house [see also subs. (3)
(18) Contested seat:
A district in which 2 or more persons claim the right to represent the district.
(20) Current membership:
The members of one of the houses, certified as elected in the last general election, omitting those who have subsequently resigned, have been removed, or have died.
(23) Division of the question:
To break a question into 2 or more separate propositions.
(24) Elected membership:
The members of one of the houses, certified as elected in the last general election, including those who have subsequently resigned, have been removed, or have died.
(25) Engrossed proposal:
A proposal incorporating all adopted amendments and all approved technical corrections in the house of origin, whether or not it is reproduced as engrossed.
(26) Enrolled proposal:
A proposal that was passed, or adopted, and concurred in, incorporating any amendments and corrections that were approved by both houses.
To remove material from the record and thus undo some senate action.
(27m) Extraordinary session:
The convening of the legislature by the assembly and senate committees on organization or by joint resolution of the legislature to accomplish the business specified in the action calling the session.
(28) Fiscal estimate:
A memorandum pursuant to joint rules 41
, explaining the impact of a bill on state or local finances.
(29m) Floor of the senate:
That portion of the senate chamber that is reserved for members, senate officers, and persons granted the privilege of the floor.
(30) Floor amendment:
Any amendment offered for consideration at the 2nd reading stage, or for committee consideration, but not drafted by the legislative reference bureau.
The relevance or appropriateness of amendments.
A committee meeting at which the public is invited to testify on a proposal or issue.
A record of actions on a proposal.
(33m) History file:
The list of entries made by the chief clerk in the bulletin of proceedings, recording the actions of the legislature on a proposal.
(34) Incidental motions and requests:
A group of motions and requests that generally relates to the proceedings, procedures, and subsidiary questions during debate, and that must be disposed of before proceeding to the main question under consideration. Incidental questions have lower precedence than privileged questions but higher precedence than subsidiary and main motions.
(35) Indefinite postponement:
A motion to kill a proposal in its house of origin for a biennial session.
The formal presentation of a bill before one of the houses [see also sub. (50m)
(37) Joint convention, also called joint session:
A joint meeting of the senate and the assembly.
(38) Joint hearing:
A hearing held by a joint committee or by committees of both houses.
(39) Joint resolution:
A proposal requiring adoption by both houses, to: a) express the opinion of the legislature; b) change the joint rules of the legislature; c) propose an amendment to the state constitution; or d) propose or ratify an amendment to the U.S. constitution.
(40) Joint rules:
The common rules of proceedings adopted by both houses.