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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [229]-[260] PDF (11.0 MB)

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                      WISCONSIN CONSTITUTION                          23'7
   Organization of legislature; quorum; compulsory attendance. Section
 7. Each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifica-
 tions of its own members; and a majority of each shall constitute.a quo-
 rum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day,
 and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and
 under such penalties as each house may provide.
   Rules; contempts; expulsion. Sction 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 busines shall be transacted except as shall be
 necessary to accomplish the special purposes for which it was convened.
   Ineligibility of legislators 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
 congress, or be appointed to any office, civil or military, under the gov-
 ernment 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 and civil process. 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 commencement 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 laws; bills. Section 17. The style of the laws of the state shallI
 be "The people of the state of Wisconsin, repesented in senate and
 assembly, do enact as follows;" and no law shall be enacted except
 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
 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.

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