March 25, 2020 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Update

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The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will work from home beginning March 25, 2020 through April 24, 2020, to comply with Emergency Order #12 issued by the Department of Health Services on March 24. As of today, the Commission is still receiving […]

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will work from home beginning March 25, 2020 through April 24, 2020, to comply with Emergency Order #12 issued by the Department of Health Services on March 24.

As of today, the Commission is still receiving mail daily and will continue to accept filings by mail.

Documents may be hand delivered by appointment only.

For an appointment, please email ethics@wisconsin.gov.

Despite restricted public access to the office, the Wisconsin Ethics Commission continues to operate normally.

Committees can register and required campaign finance reports can be filed online at https://cfis.wi.gov.

Lobbyists and principals can process licensing and registration, pay fees, and file reports online at https://lobbying.wi.gov.

For questions concerning campaign finance, please email CampaignFinance@wisconsin.gov and for questions concerning lobbying, please email ETHLobbying@wisconsin.gov or lobbying@wi.gov.

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March 10, 2020 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Issues Formal Opinion

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The Ethics Commission issued its first formal opinion on lobbying since being established in 2016. Ethics Commission Opinion 2020-02 explains what duties on behalf of a principal are exclusive to lobbying. Additionally, the order explains what duties are not exclusive […]

The Ethics Commission issued its first formal opinion on lobbying since being established in 2016.

Ethics Commission Opinion 2020-02 explains what duties on behalf of a principal are exclusive to lobbying.

Additionally, the order explains what duties are not exclusive to lobbying in order to clarify when the lobbyist’s duties require authorization by the fifth day of lobbying communication on behalf of the principal within a six-month reporting period.

For example, serving as the treasurer of a registered political action committee or administrator of a registered conduit are not duties exclusive to lobbying.

The opinion also provides examples of grassroots efforts that are not lobbying.

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January 30, 2020 •

Wisconsin Holds Special Session

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced a special session to introduce bills regarding the state’s dairy crisis. Gov. Tony Evers, in his State of the State address on January 22, called for the Legislature to convene a special session to address […]

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced a special session to introduce bills regarding the state’s dairy crisis.

Gov. Tony Evers, in his State of the State address on January 22, called for the Legislature to convene a special session to address the dairy crisis.

Wisconsin lost 10% of the state’s dairy farms in 2019, breaking the previous year’s record high of 7.25%.

The governor wants the Legislature to act on a package of proposals to assist rural Wisconsin.

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October 31, 2019 •

Wisconsin Calls Special Session on Gun Control

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Gov. Tony Evers called for the Legislature to convene in a special session on November 7 to vote on gun control legislation. The bills require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state. The legislation would also implement […]

Gov. Tony Evers called for the Legislature to convene in a special session on November 7 to vote on gun control legislation.

The bills require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.

The legislation would also implement red-flag laws requiring people perceived as threats to surrender their firearms.

The impact of a special session may be limited, as lawmakers plan to convene and then immediately adjourn the special session on the same day without voting on the proposals.

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September 24, 2019 •

Wisconsin Gov. Calls Special Election for 7th Congressional District Seat

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order calling for a special election to fill Rep. Sean Duffy’s vacant seat in the 7th Congressional District. The election will take place on January 27, 2020. Duffy announced his resignation earlier this […]

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order calling for a special election to fill Rep. Sean Duffy’s vacant seat in the 7th Congressional District.

The election will take place on January 27, 2020.

Duffy announced his resignation earlier this year after revealing the child he and his wife are expecting in October will have medical issues.

Due to Duffy’s resignation, effective at 5 p.m. on September 23, Evers stated a primary for the seat, if necessary, will be held on December 30.

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June 5, 2019 •

Milwaukee Announces Primary, Special Elections for Ald. District 13

The Milwaukee River crossing Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.

A special election will take place on August 13 with a primary expected July 16 to fill a vacancy in Ald. District 13. Former Rep. Terry Witkowski, 74, resigned after serving since 2003.  

A special election will take place on August 13 with a primary expected July 16 to fill a vacancy in Ald. District 13.

Former Rep. Terry Witkowski, 74, resigned after serving since 2003.

 

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March 7, 2019 •

Wisconsin Introduces Bill to Decrease Individual, Candidate Committee Contributions

A Senate bill introduced in Wisconsin aims to lower by half contributions made to statewide officeholders from individuals and candidate committees. Senate Bill 76 would reduce the contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for contributions made to candidates for governor, […]

A Senate bill introduced in Wisconsin aims to lower by half contributions made to statewide officeholders from individuals and candidate committees.

Senate Bill 76 would reduce the contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for contributions made to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, state superintendent, or justice.

If passed, the bill would take effect January 1, 2020.

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February 15, 2019 •

Wisconsin Announces Special Election to Fill Assembly District 64

A special election will take place on April 30 to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 64. Rep. Peter Barca resigned after Gov. Tony Evers picked him to serve as Revenue Department secretary. Barca’s nomination as Revenue secretary is pending […]

A special election will take place on April 30 to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 64.

Rep. Peter Barca resigned after Gov. Tony Evers picked him to serve as Revenue Department secretary.

Barca’s nomination as Revenue secretary is pending state Senate approval.

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December 18, 2018 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Relocates

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will be unavailable by phone on Tuesday, December 18, due to a change in its location. As of Tuesday, at approximately noon, the Ethics Commission will be located in the Wisconsin Department of Administration Building at […]

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will be unavailable by phone on Tuesday, December 18, due to a change in its location.

As of Tuesday, at approximately noon, the Ethics Commission will be located in the Wisconsin Department of Administration Building at 101 E Wilson St. Ste. 127. The PO Box of 7125 Madison WI 53703 will remain unchanged.

The Ethics Commission may be reached via email at lobbying@wi.gov for lobbying issues, finance@wi.gov for campaign finance issues and ethcis@wi.gov for all other inquiries.

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November 7, 2018 •

Walker falls in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers upset incumbent Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s race. Evers denied Walker a third term with 49.6% of the vote to Walker’s 48.4%. Walker lost two key groups he carried in 2014, independents and college […]

In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers upset incumbent Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s race.

Evers denied Walker a third term with 49.6% of the vote to Walker’s 48.4%.

Walker lost two key groups he carried in 2014, independents and college graduates.

Evers won in a landslide in urban Dane County and Milwaukee County, winning by more than 150,000 votes and 140,000 votes, respectively.

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October 4, 2018 •

Wisconsin Legislature to Hold Extraordinary Session

The Wisconsin Legislature plans to call an extraordinary session to allow the Senate to consider a bill authorizing $100 million in tax incentives to prevent paper giant Kimberly-Clark from shutting down. If passed, Assembly Bill 963 would authorize Kimberly-Clark to […]

The Wisconsin Legislature plans to call an extraordinary session to allow the Senate to consider a bill authorizing $100 million in tax incentives to prevent paper giant Kimberly-Clark from shutting down.

If passed, Assembly Bill 963 would authorize Kimberly-Clark to claim as income and franchise tax credits a percentage of the business’s eligible payroll for full-time employees.

Gov. Scott Walker said he is fighting to keep hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin. The extraordinary session will be held on Monday, November 12.

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March 29, 2018 •

Walker Calls Special Elections to Fill Vacant Legislative Seats

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order calling special elections for two legislative seats. He initially refused to call the elections, defying a court order issued last week. He lost on appeal Wednesday and was forced to call the […]

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order calling special elections for two legislative seats.

He initially refused to call the elections, defying a court order issued last week. He lost on appeal Wednesday and was forced to call the elections by noon today.

Special primary elections will be held on May 15 with special general elections on June 12.

Republican lawmakers sought to change election laws after the court order was issued so Walker could avoid calling the elections; they have since abandoned their efforts.

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March 27, 2018 •

Gov. Walker Refuses to Call Special Elections

Wisconsin Republicans plan to call an extraordinary session to amend state election law rather than comply with a court order to hold special elections. Last week, a judge ordered Gov. Walker to schedule special elections by March 29 to fill […]

Wisconsin Republicans plan to call an extraordinary session to amend state election law rather than comply with a court order to hold special elections.

Last week, a judge ordered Gov. Walker to schedule special elections by March 29 to fill two vacant legislative seats.

Current law requires the governor to call a special election for any vacancy occurring prior to May of an election year.

Walker doesn’t believe the law applies in this case, as the vacancies occurred in December; he claims the requirement only applies to vacancies occurring between January and May of an election year.

Democrats argue Walker is refusing to hold the elections because Republicans may lose the seats.

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March 22, 2018 •

Walker Must Call Special Elections to Fill Legislative Vacancies

Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must call special elections to fill legislative vacancies. Two seats were left vacant in December when Republican lawmakers resigned to work in Walker’s administration. Reynolds, whom Walker appointed in […]

Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

Two seats were left vacant in December when Republican lawmakers resigned to work in Walker’s administration.

Reynolds, whom Walker appointed in 2014, found he has a duty to call the elections; failure to do so would infringe on the voting rights of the districts’ residents.

He must issue an order by March 29 calling elections within the next 11 weeks.

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