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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Constitutional executive departments,   pp. [309]-342 PDF (9.6 MB)

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  The Governors of Wisconsin have long followed the practice of
establishing special committees for particular purposes. These
committees do not have statutory authority. They are created by
the Governor for an express or indefinite time and some carry
over from one administration to another. Frequently, Governor's
special committees have a limited objective, i.e. to make a report
on a particular subject; but some may have long-range objectives or
continuing responsibilities. Usually the Governor's committees are
not established for a specific time period, but rather they function
until the purpose is accomplished or the need for such a committee
disappears. Then, the committee informally dissolves. Sometimes
a Governor's special committee develops into a statutory body. For
example, the Planning Committee for the Governor's Conference on
Aging was a forerunner of the statutory State Commission on Aging
created in 1961 and the present Commission on Human Rights had
its origin as a Governor's committee.
   Members of special committees are usually appointed for in-
definite terms. An exception is the Governor's Committee on Child-
ren and Youth where members are appointed for 3-year terms.
Members of special committees do not receive compensation or re-
imbursement for expenses for their service. Since these committees
are nonstatutory, the members act only in an advisory capacity.
Depending upon the kind of committee it is, the membership may be
comprised of citizens or of state government officials or representa-
tives of various public and private groups.
   Each committee is unique in terms of purpose and membership,
but some general types of committees can be distinguished. These
seem to fall into the following 5 categories: (1) advisory com-
mittees of experts such as the Committee to Survey Chemicals in
Agriculture, composed of scientists, representatives of the medical
profession, and agricultural experts; (2) interdepartmental commit-
tees composed of representatives of state departments seeking to
solve a mutual problem, for example, the Interdepartmental Com-
mittee on Fire Hazards in State Institutions; (3) committees of
special interest groups whose chief aim is to educate the public on
a matter, such as the antilitter campaign of the Keep Wisconsin
Clean and Beautiful Committee or theGovernor's Committee on the
United Nations; (4) committees of representatives of state and
local governments such as the Governor's Subcommittee for High-
way Safety of 1957 composed of state and county traffic enforce-
ment officers; and (5) interstate committees appointed by the
Governors of several states such as the Northern Great Lakes Area
   The list of committees appearing on the following pages includes
generally those committees which are now active. A few of these
committees have completed their work by submitting a final report,
but they are included if they did not appear in the 1960 Blue Book
or did not have a full description of their activities at that time.

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