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   Last updated Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017-18 Election Administration Bills in Wisconsin

The main Senate committee for election bills is Elections and Utilities (E&U).
3 Republicans: Chair is Devin LeMahieu (Oostburg).  Vice Chair is Chris Kapenga(Delafield).  Member: Van Wanggaard (Racine). 
2 Democrats
: Fred Risser (Madison) and Mark Miller (Monona)


The main Assembly committee for election bills is Campaigns and Elections  (C&E).
6 Republicans: Chair is Kathy Bernier (Chippewa Falls).  Vice Chair is Joe Sanfelippo (New Berlin).  Members: Cody Horlacher (Mukwanago), Patrick Snyder (Schofield)
, Michael Schraa (Oshkosh), and David Murphy (Greenville).
3 Democrats
:
Jocasta Zamarippa (Milwaukee),  Chris Taylor (Madison), Fred Kessler (Milwaukee).


Bills that passed and became law

AB-64 (Act 59) budget bill vetoes, contained two election items.  WEC staff cut by 5 positions, p. 19.  School referendum limited to regularly scheduled elections, p.12

AB-153 passes by both houses, awaiting governor signature.  Only candidates that trail by 1% or less can request a recount.  Requests must be filed 2 days earlier.  Amendment 1: 1 day deadline to request recount only applies to presidential elections.


Bills introduced    (This list does NOT include campaign finance bills.)  Bills passed are in red.

# & Main Author

Status

Subject & Comments

Senate Bills
SB-13 Hansen Companion to AB-44 Introduced 1/26/17, referred to E&U.  Offered as a budget amendment 9/2017 failed 4-12. Redistricting modeled after Iowa.  Common Cause supports.
SB-66 Bewley Companion to AB-85 E&U approves 5-0 on 10/26/17 Local public officeholder may be 
appointed to serve as an election official without having to vacate the 
office.
SB-102 LeMahieu Companion to AB-153 Amended and OK'd by 4/19/17.  E&U Public hearing 4/5/17 on Wisconsin Eye starting at minute 56. Only candidates that trail by 1% or less can request a recount.  Requests must be filed 2 days earlier.  Wis. Democracy Campaign against Senate amendment 1:  1 day deadline to request recount only applies to presidential elections.
SB-166 Hansen Companion to AB-257 Introduced 4/13/17 and referred to E&U Require presidential candidates to disclose tax returns.  Oct 2017 research paper on this issue.
SB-194 Stroebel Companion to AB-269 Introduced 4/20/17 & referred to E&U Limits timing of school referendums
SB-229 Carpenter Companion to AB-322 Introduced and referred to E&U 5/4/17 In primary, voters can vote in more than one party
SB-260 Feyen Companion to AB-332 Introduced and referred to E&U 5/16/17 Allows school boards to reduce the number of signatures needed on nomination papers.
SB-498 Taylor Introduced and referred to E&U 10/27/17 Prohibits knowingly providing false election-related information.
SB-499 Taylor Introduced and referred to E&U 10/27/17 Voters w/o ID can sign affidavit.  Ends free ID cards.
SB-500 Taylor Introduced and referred to E&U 10/27/17 Legislative Reference Bureau to draw redistricting plans.
SB-524 Craig Introduced and referred to C&U 11/8/17 Early voting  by inserting ballot into tabulator.  Has bipartisan support.
     
Assembly Bills
AB-32 Kessler Introduced 1/20/17 and referred to Committee on Judiciary Changes venue for prosecution of election laws, from where person resides to where violation occurs.
AB-44 Vruwink Companion to SB-13 Introduced 1/31/17 and referred to C&E. Redistricting modeled after Iowa.  Common Cause supports.
AB-64 Budget Bill Budget bill vetoes, Act 59 WEC staff cut by 5 positions, p. 19.  School referendum limited to regularly scheduled elections, p.12
AB-85 Subeck Companion to SB-66 Introduced 2/24/17 and referred to C&E.  Hearing 4/18/17.   OK'd unanimously by C&E 5/9/17. Local public officeholder may be  appointed to serve as an election official without having to vacate the  office. 
AB-129 Kolste Introduced and referred to C&E 3/7/17 Removes the requirement that classified service employee who runs for a partisan political office take a leave of absence.
AB-153
Tusler Companion to SB-102
Hearing 4/18/17 (materials).  OK'd by C&E 6-3, 5/9/17.  Passed Assembly (with amendment 1) on voice vote 6/21/17.  Passes Senate with amendment 1, 20-14 (partisan split) 11/7/17 Only candidates that trail by 1% or less can request a recount.  Requests must be filed 2 days earlier.  Amendment 1: 1 day deadline to request recount only applies to presidential elections.  Recount bill worsens opaque elections.
AB-223 Genrich Introduced and referred to C&E 4/10/17 Prohibits offering a job to induce someone not to run.
AB-257 Crowley Companion to SB-166 Introduced 4/20/17 and referred to C&E Requires candidates for president to release tax records
AB-269 Schraa Companion to SB-194 Committee on Education hold public hearing 6/15/17 Limits timing of school referendums
AB-322 Sargent Companion to SB-229 Introduced and referred to C&E 5/16/17 In primary, voters can vote in more than one party
AB-332 Thiesfeldt Companion to SB-260 Introduced and referred to C&E 5/19/17 Allows school boards to reduce the number of signatures needed on nomination papers.
AB-375 Taylor Introduced and referred to C&E 6/6/17 Eliminates voter purge for not voting in 4 years.  Co-sponsorship memo.
AB-576 Mursau Introduced and referred to State Affairs 10/24/17 Tribal ID can be used as proof of residence for voter registration.
AB-578 Sargent Introduced and referred to C&E 10/24/17 Restores funding for 5 WEC positions that were cut by Gov veto
AB-609 Genrich Introduced and referred to C&E 11/2/17 DOT would send info on eligible voters to WEC, who adds them to the registration list.  Co-sponsorship memo
     
Resolutions and Rules
AJR-71 Hebl Introduced and referred to Constitution & Ethics 9/7/17 Creates a petition process by which the people may propose and 
approve laws and constitutional amendments at an election
     

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