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   Last updated Wednesday, June 19, 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 Passed by committee as amended 3-2 (Smith and Miller against) 6/12/19.  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 Passed by Committee 5-0 on 5/29/19.  Reimburse local elections office for some costs of some special elections.  Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 41) 5/7/19.  Exec meeting (minute 5 to 7)
SB-108 Stroebel Companion to AB-89 Sub amendment passed by committee 5-0 6/12/19.   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 Passed by committee, 3 to 2 (Smith and Miller against) 6/12/19.   Public hearing 5/29/19 (minute 25 to 3:42) 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.
SB-221 Bernier Companion to AB-244 Exec 6/18/19.  Public hearing 6/12/19 Allows any w-2 form to be used as proof of residence for voting
SB-240 Bernier Companion to AB-245 Passed by committee 5 to zero 5/30/19

Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19

Relating to: elections administration, recall petitions, and recount procedures. Recommended by the WEC pages 41-53.
SB-241 Bernier Companion to AB-246 Passed by committee 5 to zero 5/30/19

Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19

Voter Registration:  voter with name change must re-register; clarifies some POR; OK's electronic POR; as recommended by the WEC, pages 44 to 45.
SB-242 Bernier Companion to AB-247 Passed by committee 5 to zero 5/30/19

Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19

Misc items on retirement homes (p.54), curbside voting (p. 46), incompetence (p.50), canvassing absentees via central count, and ballot harvesting (p.93).
SB-246 Bernier Companion to AB-168 Exec 6/18/19.  Public hearing 6/12/19 Waives requirement to say name and address for voters with disability.
     
     
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 Passed by committee 5-0 on 5/29/19. Reimburse local elections office for costs of some special elections.  Public hearing (starts at 1:10) 4/23/19.  Exec meeting (minute 3.5 to 5)
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 Passed by Assembly with amendment 6/18/19.  Passed by Committee with Amendment 1, 5-0, on 5/29/19.   Amendment 1 deletes "because of a disability." Waives requirement to say name and address for voters with disability.   Public hearing (first 70 minutes) C&E 4/23/19.  Exec meeting (first 4 minutes)
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 Passed by committee with 2 amendments 8-1 (Sanfelippo against) 6/18/19.   Public hearing 5/29/19 (minute 25 to 3:42) Early voting  by inserting ballot into tabulator.
AB-244 Thiesfeldt Companion to SB-221 Introduced and referred to C&E 5/24/19 Allows a recent W-2 form to be used as proof of residence for voter registration
AB-245 Tusler Companion to SB-240 Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19 Relating to: elections administration, recall petitions, and recount procedures. Recommended by the WEC pages 41-53.
AB-246 Tusler Companion to SB-241 Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19 Voter Registration:  voter with name change must re-register; clarifies some POR; OK's electronic POR; as recommended by the WEC, pages 44 to 45.
AB-247 Tusler Companion to SB-242 Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19 Misc items on retirement homes (p.54), curbside voting (p. 46), incompetence (p.50), canvassing absentees via central count, and ballot harvesting (p.93)
     
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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