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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book
(1956)

The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [221]-[252] PDF (11.1 MB)


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                     WISCONSIN      CONSTITUTION                      229
   Rules; contempts; expulsion. Section 8. Each house may determine the
 rules of its own proceedings, punish for contempt and disorderly be-
 havior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members
 elected, expel a member; but no member shall be expelled a second time
 for the same cause.
   Officers. Section 9. Each house shall choose its own officers, and the
 senate shall choose a temporary president when the lieutenant governor
 shall not attend as president or shall act as governor.
   Journals; open doors; adjournments. Section 10. Each house shall keep
 a journal of its proceedings and publish the same except such parts as
 require secrecy. The doors of each house shall be kept open except when
 the public welfare shall require secrecy. Neither house shall, without
 consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days.
   Meeting of legislature. Section 11. The legislature shall meet at the
 seat of government at such time as shall be provided by law, once in
 two years, and no oftener, unless convened by the governor in special
 session, and when so convened no business shall be transacted except as
 shall be necessary to accomplish the special purposes for which it was
 convened.
   Ineligibility to office. Section 12. No member of the legislature shall,
 during the term for which he was elected, be appointed or elected to any
 civil office in the state, which shall have been created, or the emoluments
 of which shall have been increased, during the term for which he was
 elected.
 Ineligibility of federal officers. Section 13. No person being a member
 of congress, or holding any military or civil office under the United
 States, shall be eligible to a seat in the legislature; and if any person
 shall, after his election as a member of the legislature, be elected to
con-
 gress, or be appointed to any office, civil or military, under the govern-
 ment of the United States, his acceptance thereof shall vacate his seat.
 Filling vacancies. Section 14. The governor shall issue writs of elec-
 tion to fill such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature.
 Exemption from arrest. Section 15. Members of the legislature shall
 in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged
 from arrest; nor shall they be subject to any civil process during the
 session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commence-
 ment and after the termination of each session.
 Privilege in debate. Section 16. No member of the legislature shall be
 liable in any civil action, or criminal prosecution whatever, for words
 spoken in debate.
 Style of law; bills. Section 17. The style of the laws of the state shall
 be "The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and
 assembly, do enact as follows:" and no law shall be enacted except
 by bill.
 Title of private bills. Section 18. No private or local bill which may
 be passed by the legislature shall embrace more than one subject, and
 that shall be expressed in the title.
 Origin of bills. Section 19. Any bill may originate in either house of
 the legislature, and a bill passed by one house may be amended by the
 other.
 Yeas and nays. Section 20. The yeas and nays of the members of
 either house on any question shall, at the request of one-sixth of those
 present, be entered on the journal.
 Section 21. Repealed April 1929, Jt. Res. 6, 1929.
 Powers of county boards. Section 22. The legislature may confer upon
 the boards of supervisors of the several counties of the state such powers
 of a local, legislative and administrative character as they shall from
time to time prescribe.


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