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   Last updated Saturday, May 11, 2019

2019-20 Election Administration Bills in Wisconsin

The main Senate committee for election bills is Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues (EERI)
3 Republicans: Chair is Kathy Bernier (Chippewa Falls), Vice Chair is Tom Tiffany (Minocqua), and Dale Kooyenga (Brookfield).
2 Democrats
 Mark Miller (Monona) and Jeff Smith (Eau Claire)


The main Assembly committee for election bills is Campaigns and Elections (C&E).
6 Republicans: Chair is Ron Tusler (Harrison.  Vice Chair is Joe Sanfelippo (New Berlin).  Members: 
David Murphy (Greenville), Janel Brandtjen (Menomonee Falls), John Macco (Ledgeview), and Shae Sortwell (Two Rivers.)
3 Democrats
JoCasta Zamarripa (Milwaukee), Lisa Subeck (Madison), Mark Spreitzer (Beloit)


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

# & Main Author

Status

Subject & Comments

Senate Bills
SB-48   Craig Companion to AB-43 Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 23) 5/7/19 Under current law, an elector who shows their marked ballot to a person is guilty of a felony. This bill eliminates that prohibition.
SB-59 Evers Companion to AB-56 Executive budget.  JFC memo explains removal of all these items on 5/9/19.  Fiscal bureau 479-page summary of the bill, dated March 2019.  Or see summary (pages 31 to 33 describe the election items.)  See these links for the proposed statutory changes.

Voter ID: Changes student ID to have 5 year expiration date and deletes the signature and proof of enrollment requirements. Also, ID from IDPP good for 180 days.

Early Voting:  Eliminates the restriction on how soon early voting starts; provides that a it ends the Friday before the election.

Automatic Voter Registration using data from DOT.
Nonpartisan redistricting.

SB-71 Jacque Companion to AB-64 Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 41) 5/7/19 Reimburse local elections office for some costs of some special elections.
SB-108 Stroebel Companion to AB-89 Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 1:03) 5/7/19 Reorganizes the statutes prescribing the methods for filling vacancies 
in elective offices in cities and villages.
SB-159 Smith Introduced and referred to EERI 4/11/19 Automatic voter registration, keeps voter email and phone private, and several other items.
SB-193 Craig Companion to AB-203 Introduced and referred to EERI 4/30/19 Early voting  by inserting ballot into tabulator.
SB-197 Hansen Companion to AB-185 Introduced and referred to EERI 4/30/19 National Popular Vote - bypasses the electoral college.
     
Assembly Bills
AB-43 Brooks Companion to SB-48 Introduced and referred to C&E 2/28/19 Under current law, an elector who shows their marked ballot to a person marks the ballot so it is identifiable is guilty of a felony. This bill eliminates that prohibition.
AB-56 Evers Companion to SB-59 Executive budget introduced 2/28/19 See SB-59 above
AB-64 Sortwell Companion to SB-71 Public hearing (starts at 1:10) 4/23/19 by C&E Reimburse local elections office for costs of some special elections.
AB-89 Brooks Companion to SB-108 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/21/19 Reorganizes the statutes prescribing the methods for filling vacancies 
in elective offices in cities and villages.
AB-168 Zimmerman Public hearing (first 70 minutes) C&E 4/23/19 waives requirement to say name and address for voters with disability.
AB-185 Hebl Companion to SB-197 Introduced and referred to C&E 4/25/19 National Popular Vote - bypasses the electoral college.  Press release.
AB-203 Brandtjen Companion to SB-193 introduced and referred to C&E 5/10/19 Early voting  by inserting ballot into tabulator.
     
Resolutions and Rules
SJR-10 Ringhand Companion to AJR-12 Introduced and referred to Gov't Ops 3/1/2019 Constitutional amendment that prohibits changes to justice or judge elections after November elections.
AJR-12 Spreitzer Companion to SJR-10 Introduced and referred to Ass. Org., 3/17/19 Constitutional amendment that prohibits changes to justice or judge elections after November elections.
AJR-30 Ballweg Introduced and referred to Rules 4/25/19 Celebrates centennial of 19th amendment. 97 Ass cosponsors (not Sortwell, 1 vacant); 32 senate cosponsors (not Kooyenga)
AJR-32 Hebl Introduced and referred to Const. & Ethics 4/25/19 Changes Constitution to allow for referendums and initiatives
     

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