The vote in the Wisconsin State Assembly  was approved by a 56-27 vote on Dec. 5, 2018 in what the media refers to as a lame-duck session called specifically to accomplish the items spelled out below:


  • Prohibits the Attorney General from appointing a solicitor general and additional 3 deputy solicitor generals in order to eliminate the Office of the Solicitor General which represents the state in certain cases on appeal in the state and federal courts (Sec. 2).

  • Amends current law to require a party that alleges a statute ordinance is unconstitutional to serve their findings to the Speaker of the Assembly, the President of the Senate, and the Senate Majority Leader in place of the State Attorney General (Sec. 3).

  • Authorizes the Assembly, Senate or Joint Committee on Legislative Organization to intervene and participate in any action where another party is challenging the constitutionality of a proposed statute (Sec. 3).

  • Amends current law to authorize the Joint Committee on Finance power to compromise or discontinue an action the Department of Justice is prosecuting in place of the Attorney General at the request of the Governor (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that an individual nominated by the Governor or another state officer or agency may not hold the office or position or be nominated again for the same office or perform any duties of the office or position during the legislative session unless the individuals confirmation is confirmed by the Senate (Sec. 6).

  • Requires the Department of Administration submit any proposed changes to security at the capital regarding firearm restrictions to the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization for approval (Sec. 7).

  • Increases the size of the Group Insurance Board by 4 members and requires the new members be appointed by the speaker of the Assembly, the Assembly minority leader, the Senate majority leader, and the senate minority leader (Sec. 11).

  • Specifies that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation consists of 12 voting members as follows, including, but not limited to (Sec. 14):

    • 4 members appointed by the Governor;

    • 3 members appointed by the Senate majority leader and 3 members appointed by the speaker of the Assembly; and

    • 1 member appointed by the Senate minority leader and 1 member appointed by the speaker of the assembly.

  • Authorizes an unexpired identification card card issued by an accredited university or college in this state may be used as identification for voting purposes if it contains and the following information and requirements, including, but not limited to (Sec. 27):

    • Contains both a photograph and signature of the individual;

    • Expires no later than 2 years after the date of issuance;

    • The individual establishes that he or she is enrolled as a student at the university or college on election day.

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