13.32 History History: 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 184.
13.33 13.33 Service of process. Either house ordering any summary process may also direct the sergeant at arms to specially depute some competent person to execute the same, and such deputation shall be endorsed on such process in writing over the signature of the sergeant at arms to whom the same is directed. The person so deputed shall have the same power as the sergeant at arms in respect thereto, and shall execute the same according to the mandate thereof, and for that purpose the sergeant at arms or the deputy may call to his or her aid the power of the county wherein such writ is to be executed the same as the sheriff of such county could do for the purpose of arresting a person charged with crime under process issued by a court of competent jurisdiction; and any sergeant at arms having any person in custody by virtue of any such summary process may depute any other person to have charge of the person so in custody, and the person so deputed shall have the same power over such person as is conferred upon the sergeant at arms.
13.33 History History: 1991 a. 316.
13.34 13.34 Refusal to testify. Every refusal to testify or answer any question, or to produce keys, books, records, documents or papers before any committee included within s. 13.31 shall be forthwith certified to the proper house by the chairperson of such committee. Such certificate shall be transmitted, and the person so refusing taken, by the sergeant at arms or an assistant to the sergeant at arms, before such house to be dealt with according to law.
13.34 History History: 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 184.
13.35 13.35 Liability of witness.
13.35(1)(1)No person who is required to testify before either house of the legislature or a committee thereof, or joint committee of the 2 houses, and is examined and so testifies, shall be held to answer criminally in any court or be subject to any penalty or forfeiture for any fact or act touching which the person is required to testify and as to which the person has been examined and has testified, and no testimony so given nor any paper, document or record produced by any such person before either house of the legislature or any such committee shall be competent testimony or be used in any trial or criminal proceeding against such person in any court, except upon a prosecution for perjury committed in giving such testimony; and no witness shall be allowed to refuse to testify to any fact, or to produce any papers, documents or records touching which the person is examined before either house or any such committee, for the reason that the testimony touching such fact, or the production of such papers, documents or records may tend to disgrace the person or otherwise render the person infamous.
13.35(2) (2)The immunity provided under sub. (1) is subject to the restrictions under s. 972.085.
13.35 History History: 1989 a. 122, 359.
13.36 13.36 Witness fees. The compensation of all witnesses who are subpoenaed and appear pursuant to s. 13.31 shall be $2 for each day's attendance and 10 cents per mile, one way, for travel to attend as such witness. The department of administration shall audit the accounts of such witnesses upon the certificate of the chairperson of the committee before which any such witness has attended, stating the number of days' attendance and the distance the witness has traveled, and the accounts so audited shall be paid out of the state treasury and charged to the appropriation for the legislature.
13.36 History History: 1991 a. 316; 1993 a. 184.
13.365 13.365 Intervention. Pursuant to s. 803.09 (2m), when a party to an action challenges in state or federal court the constitutionality of a statute, facially or as applied, challenges a statute as violating or preempted by federal law, or otherwise challenges the construction or validity of a statute, as part of a claim or affirmative defense:
13.365(1) (1)The committee on assembly organization may intervene at any time in the action on behalf of the assembly. The committee on assembly organization may obtain legal counsel other than from the department of justice, with the cost of representation paid from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (1) (a), to represent the assembly in any action in which the assembly intervenes.
13.365(2) (2)The committee on senate organization may intervene at any time in the action on behalf of the senate. The committee on senate organization may obtain legal counsel other than from the department of justice, with the cost of representation paid from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (1) (b), to represent the senate in any action in which the senate intervenes.
13.365(3) (3)The joint committee on legislative organization may intervene at any time in the action on behalf of the legislature. The joint committee on legislative organization may obtain legal counsel other than from the department of justice, with the cost of representation paid from the appropriation under s. 20.765 (1) (a) or (b), as determined by the cochairpersons, to represent the legislature in any action in which the joint committee on legislative organization intervenes.
13.365 History History: 2017 a. 369.
13.39 13.39 Legislative consideration of biennial budget bill.
13.39(1)(1)Neither house of the legislature may pass a biennial budget bill until the legislative fiscal bureau has distributed a copy of an earmark transparency report on the biennial budget bill, as amended, prepared under s. 13.95 (1r) (b), to each member of the legislature and has made the report available on the legislature's Internet website.
13.39(2) (2)If a committee of conference is convened on a biennial budget bill, a conference report may not contain any earmark, as defined in s. 13.95 (1r) (a), that was not included in the executive budget bill or an amendment thereto that was passed by either house of the legislature. The committee of conference, however, may reduce the amount of any earmark that requires a payment to a specific beneficiary or beneficiaries or may reduce the cost to the state of any earmark that is a tax deduction, credit, exclusion, or exemption.
13.39 History History: 2011 a. 220; 2017 a. 365 s. 112.
13.41 13.41 Interim successors for legislators.
13.41(1)(1)
13.41(1)(a) (a) If, during an emergency resulting from enemy action, there are 9 or more vacancies in the senate at the same time, as determined under s. 17.03, the senate leader of each political party, as specified in pars. (b) and (c), shall, for each vacant senate seat that was last held by a member of his or her party, do all of the following:
13.41 Note NOTE: Par. (a) (intro.) is amended by 2011 Wis. Act 260 effective the day after the secretary of state notifies the legislature that an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution has been approved that requires the legislature to provide for temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices for the period of an emergency resulting from a cause other than an enemy action, to read:
Effective date text 13.41Interim successors for legislators. (1) (a) If there are 9 or more vacancies in the senate at the same time, as determined under s. 17.03, the senate leader of each political party, as specified in pars. (b) and (c), shall, for each vacant senate seat that was last held by a member of his or her party, do all of the following:
13.41(1)(a)1. 1. Request that the state chairperson of the party solicit nominations for an interim successor from the county chairpersons of the party in each county that is at least partially within the senate district.
13.41(1)(a)2. 2. Request that the state chairperson of the party select at least 3 and not more than 5 potential interim successors from the nominees under subd. 1.
13.41(1)(a)3. 3. Request that the state chairperson of the party submit the names of the potential interim successors selected under subd. 2. to the senate leader of the party within 7 days after the date on which the 9th vacancy occurred.
13.41(1)(a)4. 4. Within 14 days after the 9th vacancy occurred, appoint an interim successor from the list of potential interim successors submitted under subd. 3.
13.41(1)(b) (b) The person holding the highest position, ranked in the following order, that is not vacant, is the senate leader for the majority party under par. (a):
13.41(1)(b)1. 1. The senate majority leader.
13.41(1)(b)2. 2. The president of the senate.
13.41(1)(b)3. 3. The president pro tempore of the senate.
13.41(1)(b)4. 4. The assistant senate majority leader.
13.41(1)(b)5. 5. The senate majority caucus chairperson.
13.41(1)(b)6. 6. The senate majority caucus vice chairperson.
13.41(1)(b)7. 7. The senate majority caucus sergeant at arms.
13.41(1)(c) (c) The person holding the highest position, ranked in the following order, that is not vacant, is the senate leader for the minority party under par. (a):
13.41(1)(c)1. 1. The senate leader of the party.
13.41(1)(c)2. 2. The senate assistant leader of the party.
13.41(1)(c)3. 3. The senate caucus chairperson of the party.
13.41(1)(c)4. 4. The senate caucus vice chairperson of the party.
13.41(1)(c)5. 5. The senate caucus sergeant at arms of the party.
13.41(2) (2)
13.41(2)(a)(a) If, during an emergency resulting from enemy action, there are 25 or more vacancies in the assembly at the same time, as determined under s. 17.03, the assembly leader of each political party, as specified in pars. (b) and (c), shall, for each vacant assembly seat that was last held by a member of his or her party, do all of the following:
13.41 Note NOTE: Par. (a) (intro.) is amended by 2011 Wis. Act 260 effective the day after the secretary of state notifies the legislature that an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution has been approved that requires the legislature to provide for temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices for the period of an emergency resulting from a cause other than an enemy action, to read:
Effective date text (2)(a) If there are 25 or more vacancies in the assembly at the same time, as determined under s. 17.03, the assembly leader of each political party, as specified in pars. (b) and (c), shall, for each vacant assembly seat that was last held by a member of his or her party, do all of the following:
13.41(2)(a)1. 1. Request that the state chairperson of the party solicit nominations for an interim successor from the county chairpersons of the party in each county that is at least partially within the assembly district.
13.41(2)(a)2. 2. Request that the state chairperson of the party select at least 3 and not more than 5 potential interim successors from the nominees under subd. 1.
13.41(2)(a)3. 3. Request that the state chairperson of the party submit the names of the potential interim successors selected under subd. 2. to the assembly leader of the party within 7 days after the date on which the 25th vacancy occurred.
13.41(2)(a)4. 4. Within 14 days after the 25th vacancy occurred, appoint an interim successor from the list of potential interim successors submitted under subd. 3.
13.41(2)(b) (b) The person holding the highest position, ranked in the following order, that is not vacant, is the assembly leader for the majority party under par. (a):
13.41(2)(b)1. 1. The speaker of the assembly.
13.41(2)(b)2. 2. The assembly majority leader.
13.41(2)(b)3. 3. The speaker pro tempore of the assembly.
13.41(2)(b)4. 4. The assistant assembly majority leader.
13.41(2)(b)5. 5. The assembly majority caucus chairperson.
13.41(2)(b)6. 6. The assembly majority caucus vice chairperson.
13.41(2)(b)7. 7. The assembly majority caucus secretary.
13.41(2)(b)8. 8. The assembly majority caucus sergeant at arms.
13.41(2)(c) (c) The person holding the highest position, ranked in the following order, that is not vacant, is the assembly leader for a minority party under par. (a):
13.41(2)(c)1. 1. The assembly leader of the party.
13.41(2)(c)2. 2. The assembly assistant leader of the party.
13.41(2)(c)3. 3. The assembly caucus chairperson of the party.
13.41(2)(c)4. 4. The assembly caucus vice chairperson of the party.
13.41(2)(c)5. 5. The assembly caucus secretary of the party.
13.41(2)(c)6. 6. The assembly caucus sergeant at arms of the party.
13.41(3) (3)The senate and assembly political party leaders may not appoint an interim successor who is unwilling, unable, or ineligible under the constitution and the statutes to serve as a legislator.
13.41(4) (4)Interim successors appointed under sub. (1) or (2) shall take the oath of office immediately upon appointment, but may not be required, as a prerequisite to the exercise of the powers or discharge of the duties of a legislator, to comply with any other provision of law relative to taking office.
13.41(5) (5)The chief clerk of each house, or if he or she is unavailable, his or her deputy, shall notify the secretary of state of all vacancies that are filled by interim successors under this section.
13.41(6) (6)An interim successor taking office under this section shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office until the vacancy is filled under s. 17.19. All votes taken by an interim successor shall be as valid as if taken by an elected legislator.
13.41 History History: 2009 a. 363; 2011 a. 260.
13.42 13.42 Virtual meetings of the legislature and legislative committees.
13.42(1)(1)In this section:
13.42(1)(a) (a) “Disaster" means a severe or prolonged, natural or human-caused, occurrence that threatens or negatively impacts life, health, property, infrastructure, the environment, the security of this state or a portion of this state, or critical systems, including computer, telecommunications, or agricultural systems.
13.42(1)(b) (b) “Member" means a member of the legislature.
13.42(2) (2)Either house of the legislature, under its rules or joint rules, may issue a notice that the house and its committees are prevented from physically meeting at the seat of government due to an emergency resulting from a disaster or the imminent threat of a disaster.
13.42(3) (3)If a house issues a notice under sub. (2), that house and any committee of that house may conduct a meeting and transact business through the use of any means of communication by which all of the following occur:
13.42(3)(a) (a) The identity of each participating member may be verified, and the actions of each participating member may be authenticated, in a manner satisfactory to the presiding officer or committee chairperson.
13.42(3)(b) (b) During the meeting, all participating members may simultaneously hear or read the comments of each member who is recognized by the presiding officer or committee chairperson.
13.42(3)(c) (c) Any document that is used during the meeting by a member and that is accepted by the presiding officer or committee chairperson is immediately transmitted to each participating member.
13.42(3)(d) (d) Except as provided in sub. (8), within technological limits, the public may monitor the proceedings of the house or committee.
13.42(4) (4)In order to hold a meeting of a joint committee in the manner provided under sub. (3), each house of the legislature shall issue a notice of emergency under sub. (2).
13.42(5) (5)For purposes of article IV, section 11, of the Wisconsin Constitution, a meeting held under sub. (3) or (10) shall be considered to have occurred at the seat of government and all actions taken during the meeting shall have the same legal effect as if the members were physically present at the seat of government.
13.42(6) (6)For purposes of determining the presence of a quorum in proceedings or meetings held under this section, any participating member shall be considered present as if the member were physically present at the seat of government.
13.42(7) (7)Except as provided in sub. (8), a meeting held under sub. (3) or (10) shall be preceded by the same or substantially equivalent public notice as would be required if the members were physically present at the seat of government.
13.42(8) (8)Subsections (3) (d) and (7) do not apply with respect to a meeting held under sub. (3), if pursuant to article IV, section 10, of the Wisconsin Constitution, the public welfare requires secrecy.
13.42(9) (9)In presiding over a meeting of a house of the legislature described under sub. (3) or (10), the presiding officer shall interpret and apply all rules of proceeding of that house that presume the physical presence of members in the house's chambers at the seat of government, in such a manner as to accomplish the same purposes for which the rules were adopted.
13.42(10) (10)Notwithstanding the requirement for a notice of emergency under sub. (2), and pursuant to the session schedule under s. 13.02 (3), the legislature may meet for up to one week per session by holding a meeting as described under sub. (3) in order to practice meeting in that manner.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 102 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on February 24, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 24, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-24-20)