2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
January 3, 2022 - Introduced by Senators Kooyenga, Marklein, Stroebel,
Darling and Nass, cosponsored by Representatives Wittke, Kurtz,
Armstrong, Steffen, Thiesfeldt, Murphy, Gundrum, Edming, Penterman,
James, Knodl, Macco and Behnke. Referred to Committee on Financial
Institutions and Revenue.
SJR84,1,2 1To create section 35 of article IV of the constitution; relating to: expenditure of
2moneys Wisconsin receives from the federal government (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law under the statutes, the governor has authority to accept
federal moneys on behalf of the state and to allocate federal moneys without the
approval or participation of the legislature. This constitutional amendment,
proposed to the 2021 legislature on first consideration, prohibits the legislature from
delegating its sole power to determine how federal moneys may be spent. The
amendment further provides that no executive branch official or department may
make an initial allocation of federal moneys without the approval of a joint
committee of the legislature designated by legislative rule.
A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive
legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it becomes effective.
SJR84,1,3 3Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That:
SJR84,1 4Section 1 . Section 35 of article IV of the constitution is created to read:
SJR84,1,65 [Article IV] Section 35 (1) The legislature may not delegate its sole power to
6determine how federal moneys shall be expended.
1(2) No executive branch officer or department may make an initial allocation
2of federal moneys made available to this state without the approval of a joint
3committee of the legislature designated by legislative rule.
SJR84,2 4Section 2 . Numbering of new provision. If another constitutional
5amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this
6joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the
7sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict.
SJR84,2,10 8Be it further resolved, That this proposed amendment be referred to the
9legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three
10months previous to the time of holding such election.
SJR84,2,1111 (End)