OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Office of secretary of state; creation.
There is created an office of the secretary of state under the direction and supervision of the secretary of state.
Secretary of state, duties.
The secretary of state shall:
Record executive acts.
Keep a record of the official acts of the executive department and, when required, lay the same and all matters relative thereto before either house of the legislature.
Affix great seal; register commissions.
Affix the great seal to and countersign all commissions issued and other official acts done by the governor, the governor's approbation of the laws excepted; and make a register of such commissions in a book provided by the governor therefor, specifying the person to whom issued, the office conferred, and the date and term of the commission.
Have custody of books, records, etc.
Have the custody of all books, records, deeds, bonds, parchments, maps, papers and other articles and effects belonging to the state, deposited or kept in the secretary of state's office, and make such provision for the arrangement and preservation thereof as is necessary, and keep the same, together with all accounts and transactions of the office open at all times to the inspection and examination of the governor or any committee of either or both houses of the legislature.
Report biennially in accordance with s. 15.04 (1) (d)
all matters pertaining to the office and, when required, furnish the governor or either house of the legislature, in writing, any information relative to the performance of the duties of the office.
Keep enrolled laws, etc.
Safely keep all enrolled laws and resolutions, and not permit any of them to be taken out of the secretary of state's office or inspected except in the presence of the secretary of state, unless by order of the governor or by resolution of one or both houses of the legislature. For any violation of this subsection the secretary of state shall forfeit the sum of $100.
Compile original laws and resolutions.
Cause the original laws enacted and joint resolutions adopted at each session of the legislature, together with the index containing the titles of the same, to be bound in suitable volumes in a substantial manner, and in the order in which they are enacted or adopted, with the title thereof and the session at which they are enacted or adopted to be written or printed on the spine of the volumes.
Keep a record of all fees received by the office and include a summary of such record in the biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d)
Furnish certified copies; fees.
Make a copy of any law, resolution, deed, bond, record, document or paper deposited or kept in his or her office, upon request therefor, attach thereto his or her certificate, with the greater or lesser seal affixed, and collect therefor 50 cents per page and $5 for such certificate; if a copy is not to be certified and if the reproduction is performed by the office of the secretary of state, then collect a fee to cover the actual and necessary cost of reproduction and actual and necessary cost of transcription required to produce the copy or $2, whichever is greater; also to record any document authorized or required by law to be recorded in his or her office, and to charge therefor a fee of $1 per page. The fee for certified copies and for certificates as to results of searches of the records and files of his or her office, when a printed form is used, shall be $5, but when a specially prepared form is required the fee shall be $10. Telegraphic reports as to results of record searches shall be $5 plus the cost of the telegram. The secretary of state shall charge and collect for preparing any record or certificate under this subsection in an expeditious manner, an expedited service fee of $25 in addition to the fee otherwise required under this subsection.
Receive and file the signature and an impression of the official seal or rubber stamp of all county clerks and registers of deeds, and upon request certify to the authenticity of that signature and official seal or rubber stamp and charge therefor the statutory fee.
Notification of constitutional amendment.
If an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution is 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, within 30 days after the elections commission records the approval under s. 7.70 (3) (h)
, notify the legislature that the amendment has been approved.
Perform such other duties as are imposed upon the secretary of state by the constitution or by law.
History: 1975 c. 93
; 1977 c. 29
; 1977 c. 196
; 1979 c. 328
; 1981 c. 124
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 36
s. 96 (2)
; 1985 a. 29
; 1989 a. 123
; 1991 a. 32
; 1993 a. 112
; 1995 a. 27
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 25
; 2009 a. 42
; 2013 a. 5
; 2015 a. 55
Conditional acceptance of filing fees.
Before actually filing any document by making an endorsement on that document, the secretary of state may accept and deposit the filing fee submitted with that document upon the condition that if subsequent examination of the document establishes that it does not meet the requirements for filing, the fee may be refunded and upon the condition that if a discrepancy in the amount of the fee is subsequently discovered the secretary of state may then demand further payment of a shortage or refund an overpayment subject to s. 20.905 (3)
History: 1977 c. 418
Record of positions, appointments. 14.40(1)(1)
Annually not later than July 1, each legislative, administrative and judicial agency of the state government shall submit to the secretary of state a list of all positions within that agency outside the classified service and above the clerical level, excluding the faculties under the jurisdiction of the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System and the department of public instruction, and excluding university staff, as defined in s. 36.05 (15)
, which are filled by appointment, and the term if there is one, together with the name of the incumbent and the date of his or her appointment.
The secretary of state shall keep a record of all positions reported under sub. (1)
, the names of the incumbents and the dates of their appointments.
The appointment officer shall promptly notify the secretary of state of any vacancy occurring in any such position because of resignation, disability or death as well as any appointments made to fill such vacancies.
Any officer or agency of the state authorized to select any officer of the state or member of a board, commission or committee outside the classified service, whether judicial, military or civil, shall report such selection to the secretary of state who shall record and file such selection for information of the public. The department of administration shall not approve any payroll or expense voucher for such position until the notice of appointment has been filed with the secretary of state.
Custodian of deeds, securities, oaths and bonds.
All deeds, conveyances, abstracts of title, options and leases of land; and, unless otherwise directed by law, all bonds, mortgages and other securities, for money, belonging to this state, and all official oaths and bonds shall be deposited and preserved in the office of the secretary of state and be open to public inspection.
Great and lesser seals. 14.45(1)(1)
The state shall have a great seal and a lesser seal both of which shall be kept in the office of the secretary of state.
The great seal of the state consists of a metallic disc, 2 3/8 inches in diameter, containing, within an ornamental border, the following devices and legend: The coat of arms of the state, as in s. 1.07
described; above the arms, in a line parallel with the border, the words, “Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin;" in the exergue, in a curved line, 13 stars.
A lesser seal, 1 3/4 inches in diameter, engraved with the device of the great seal, with the words, “Seal of the Secretary of State," in a curved line above, and the words, “State of Wisconsin," in a curved line below such device, is the seal of the secretary of state, and may be used to authenticate all papers and documents issued by the secretary of state, except the official acts of the governor, and such copies of the laws and records in the office of said secretary as may be required for use as evidence in any other state, territory or country.
History: 1991 a. 316
Cashier in secretary of state's office bonded.
The cashier and assistant cashiers in the office of the secretary of state shall give bonds to the secretary of state in such sum and with such conditions as the secretary of state may prescribe, conditioned for the faithful discharge of their duties. Those bonds shall be furnished by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, and the cost of those bonds may not exceed one-fourth of one percent per year on the amount of the bond or obligation by the surety executed and shall be payable from the appropriation to the secretary of state.
The office of the secretary of state shall be accessible to the public. That office may not be located in the same room as the office of any other member of the board of commissioners of public lands.
History: 2015 a. 55
OFFICE OF THE STATE TREASURER
Office of state treasurer; creation.
There is created an office of the state treasurer under the direction and supervision of the state treasurer.
Duties of state treasurer.
The state treasurer shall:
Sign checks, share drafts, and other drafts.
Sign checks, share drafts, and other drafts on depositories in which moneys may be deposited in one of the following methods:
In the name of the state treasurer, by any clerk in the treasurer's office designated by the treasurer.
By placing on a check, share draft or other draft the facsimile signature of the state treasurer adopted by him or her as a facsimile signature. Any depository shall be fully warranted and protected in making payment on any check, share draft or other draft bearing such facsimile notwithstanding that the facsimile may have been placed on the check, share draft or other draft without the state treasurer's authority.
Unclaimed property program.
Provide services related to the promotion of the unclaimed property program under ch. 177
in consultation with the secretary of revenue.
Permit examination of books.
Permit at all times inspection and examination of the books, papers and transactions of the treasurer's office by the governor, secretary of state, attorney general, department of administration or state auditor, or by the legislature, any committee thereof or either house thereof.
Make certified copies.
Make a certified copy of any deed, bond, document or paper filed in the treasurer's office, and transcripts from the books and records kept therein, when required by any person so to do; and collect therefor 25 cents per folio, and $1 for such certificate.
Perform all other duties imposed upon the state treasurer by law.
History: 1971 c. 164
; 1973 c. 333
; 1975 c. 180
; 1977 c. 107
; 1977 c. 196
; 1979 c. 34
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 36
s. 96 (2)
; 1983 a. 51
; 1983 a. 189
s. 329 (21)
; 1983 a. 368
; 1985 a. 29
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1995 a. 201
; 2003 a. 33
; 2007 a. 1
; 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
; 2015 a. 55
The state treasurer may conduct conferences for the purpose of training county and municipal clerks and treasurers, and employees of their offices, in their official responsibilities. The treasurer may charge participants in any conference a fee for participation which shall not exceed the proportionate cost of conducting the conference. The treasurer shall credit all revenues from fees assessed under this section to the appropriation account under s. 20.585 (1) (h)
History: 1995 a. 27
State treasurer's bond.
The bond of the state treasurer shall extend to the faithful execution of the duties of the office of state treasurer until a successor is elected and fully qualified. If the treasurer elects to give bond guaranteed by a surety company, the cost thereof and of any additional bond required of and furnished by the treasurer and so guaranteed shall be borne by the state and shall be paid out of the appropriation to the office of the state treasurer; if the annual cost thereof does not exceed 0.25 percent of the amount of said bond.
History: 1991 a. 316
INTERSTATE BODIES AND AGREEMENTS
Interstate compacts. 14.76(1)(1)
This section shall apply to the establishment of agreements not affecting the sovereignty of the United States.
Any state agency may agree by compact with other states to apply existing standards for residents to nonresidents if the laws or regulations of the states with which such compacts are made are similarly applied to Wisconsin residents. The compact shall be effective when approved by joint resolution adopted by the legislature.
Any state agency may negotiate compacts with similar agencies in other states relating to the treatment of nonresidents on subjects within its delegated powers but on which no legislation providing standards has been enacted. Such compacts shall be submitted to the legislature and shall be effective when approved as are bills.
Each compact shall as nearly as possible set forth:
The statutory authority for the delegated power under which the agency is proceeding.
The legal effect of the compact as shown by the amendments to statutes and rules in the applicable states required to accomplish the objectives of the compact.
The standards established by the compact.
The procedures contemplated by the compact.
History: 1971 c. 62
; 1983 a. 308
Great Lakes compact commission. 14.78(1)(1)
There is created a Great Lakes compact commission consisting of 3 commissioners appointed by the governor. The commissioners shall be persons having knowledge of and interest in problems of the Great Lakes basin. One commissioner, appointed for an indefinite term, shall be a state officer or employee and shall serve as secretary of the Great Lakes compact commission. The other commissioners shall be appointed for terms of 4 years. The commissioners shall receive no salaries but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses.
It is the duty of the Wisconsin Great Lakes compact commission:
To represent this state on the Great Lakes commission created by the Great Lakes basin compact ratified and enacted by chapter 275, laws of 1955
, and through such representation to perform the functions of the Great Lakes commission in conjunction with the commissioners of other party states. Whenever a vote is required by the terms of the Great Lakes basin compact, each member of the Wisconsin Great Lakes compact commission is authorized to cast the same proportion of the 3 votes to which the state of Wisconsin is entitled under the compact as each of the other members of the Wisconsin Great Lakes compact commission.
To maintain a continuing investigation of the project of connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic ocean by means of the Welland canal and the St. Lawrence River and to urge upon congress the enactment of additional appropriate legislation to enable the full development of such waterway, the commission to work in conjunction with similar commissions in other states and with other interested groups and agencies in the promotion of such project.
To direct and execute a program of education in such form as the commission may determine, in support of the projects for development of the St. Lawrence seaway and the deepening of the Great Lakes connecting channels, using not to exceed the amount of funds appropriated for that purpose.
To report biennially in accordance with s. 15.04 (1) (d)
, and to make such other reports as are requested by the governor or which it deems appropriate.
The Great Lakes compact commission may annually contribute to the Great Lakes commission not to exceed the amount appropriated for that purpose.
State officers to aid commission.
It is the policy of the state to carry out the Great Lakes basin compact and to accomplish the purposes thereof, and all officers of the state shall do all things falling within their respective jurisdictions necessary or incidental to carrying out such compact. Officers, agencies and employees of the state government shall, at reasonable times and upon the request of the Great Lakes commission, furnish such commission with information and data within their possession and aid such commission by loan of personnel and other means lying within their respective legal powers.
History: 1975 c. 39
; 1977 c. 196
That the Waters Shall be Forever Free: Navigating Wisconsin's Obligations Under the Public Trust Doctrine and the Great Lakes Compact. Johnson-Karp. 94 MLR 414 (2010).
Midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste commission. 14.81(1)(1)
There is created a midwest low-level radioactive waste commission as specified under s. 16.11 (3) (a)
. The member of the commission representing this state shall be nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor. The commission member representing this state shall receive a per diem of $25, unless he or she is a salaried full-time employee of this state, and shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties on the commission. Per diem payments and expenses of the commissioner shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (g)
. The commission has the powers and duties granted and imposed under s. 16.11
In discharging his or her responsibilities under s. 16.11
, the commission member representing this state shall:
Designate an alternate commission member and notify the governor and legislature of this designation within 30 days after being appointed.
Notify the governor and legislature if:
The commission proposes to impose any liability on the state under s. 16.11
He or she has reason to believe that the state should withdraw from the midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact specified in s. 16.11
In negotiating and developing the bylaws, disposal plan and other appropriate documents as a member of the commission, the commission member representing this state shall: