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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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238                   WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
  Compensation of members. Section 21. Repealed Apr. 1929, Jt. Res. 6,
  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.
  Uniform town and county government. Section 23. The legislature
shall establish but one system of town and county government, which
shall be as nearly uniform as practicable.
  Lotteries and divorces. Section 24. The legislature shall never author-
ize any lottery, or grant any divorce.
  Stationery and printing. Section 25. The legislature shall provide by
law that all stationery required for the use of the state, and all printing
authorized and required by them to be done for their use, or for the
state, shall be let by contract to the lowest bidder, but the legislature
may establish a maximum price; no member of the legislature or other
state officer shall be interested, either directly or indirectly, in any
  Extra compensation; salary change. Section 26. The legislature shall
never grant any extra compensation to any public officer, agent, servant
or contractor, after the services shall have been rendered or the contract
entered into; nor shall the compensation of any public officer be in-
creased or diminished during his term of office. This section shall not
apply to increased benefits for teachers under a teachers' retirement
system when such increased benefits are provided by a legislative act
passed on a call of yeas and nays by a three-fourths vote of all the mem-
bers elected to both houses of the legislature.
  Suits against state. Section 27. The legislature shall direct by law in
what manner and in what courts suits may be brought against the state.
  Oath of office. Section 28. Members of the legislature, and all officers,
executive and judicial, except such inferior officers as may be by law ex-
empted, shall before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices,
take and subscribe an oath or affirmation to support the constitution of
the United States and the constitution of the state of Wisconsin, and
faithfully to discharge the duties of their respective offices to the best
of their ability.
  Militia. Section 29. The legislature shall determine what persons shall
constitute the militia of the state, and may provide for organizing and
disciplining the same in such manner as shall be prescribed by law.
  Elections by legislature. Section 30. In all elections to be made by the
legislature the members thereof shall vote viva voce, and their votes
shall be entered on the journal.
  Special and private laws prohibited. Section 31. The legislature is pro-
hibited from enacting any special or private laws in the following cases:
   1st. For changing the name of persons or constituting one person the
 heir at law of another.
   2d. For laying out, opening or altering highways, except in cases of
 state roads extending into more than one county, and military roads to
 aid in the construction of which lands may be granted by congress.
   3d. For authorizing persons to keep ferries across streams at points
 wholly within this state.
   4th. For authorizing the sale or mortgage of real or personal property
 of minors or others under disability.
   5th. For locating or changing any county seat.
   6th. For assessment or collection of taxes or for extending the time
 for the collection thereof.
   7th. For granting corporate powers or privileges, except to cities.
   8th. For authorizing the apportionment of any part of the school fund.

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