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[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
Chapter 8:
CALL OF THE SENATE
sr81 Senate Rule 81. Call of the senate.
sr81(1)(1) Five senators may make a call of the senate and thereby require absent members to be sent for, but a call of the senate cannot be made after the voting has commenced.
sr81(2) (2) A call of the senate may be ordered on any motion or question before the senate, including a motion to adjourn, but a call of the senate on a motion to adjourn is not in order once the senate is under call on any other question.
[(2) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr82 Senate Rule 82. Putting question.
sr82(1)(1) On a call of the senate being moved, the presiding officer shall say: "It requiring 5 senators to make a call of the senate, those in favor of the call shall rise." And, if a sufficient number rise, the call shall be thereby ordered without debate.
sr82(2) (2) When a motion for a call of the senate fails of the support of the necessary 5 members, and announcement of that fact is made, a 2nd motion for a call on the same question is not in order unless other business intervenes.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr83 Senate Rule 83. Doors to be closed. A call of the senate being ordered, the sergeant at arms shall close the doors, and members may not leave the chamber, but the public may come and go under such regulations as the sergeant at arms finds necessary.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr84 Senate Rule 84. Sergeant to bring in absentees. The chief clerk shall immediately call the roll of the members, and note the absentees, whose names shall be read, and entered upon the journal in such manner as to show who are absent with leave and who are absent without leave. The chief clerk shall furnish the sergeant at arms with a list of those who are absent without leave, and the sergeant at arms shall forthwith proceed to find and bring in such absentees.
sr85 Senate Rule 85. Transacting business while under call.
sr85(1)(1) General rule. While the senate is under call, business may not be transacted with reference to the matter on which the call is made except to receive and act upon the report of the sergeant at arms, to act on a motion to raise one or more calls, to adjourn, or to adjourn to a time certain. A roll call on a call of the senate must be completed before the senate may take up a special order fixed for that time. A joint resolution to dispose of all matters before the senate and to recess includes matters under call.
sr85(2) (2) Concurrent calls. While the senate is under call, a concurrent call may be ordered on any other business before the senate except on a motion for a leave of absence for a member or a motion to dispense with further proceedings under a call.
sr85(3) (3) Other business. Other business may be conducted by those present as if there were no call.
sr85(4) (4) Successive calls on same question; intervening business. Successive calls on the same question are in order if any other action on pending business has intervened between calls of the senate.
sr85(5) (5) Raising call. A motion to raise one or more calls takes precedence over every other motion, except a motion to adjourn. The affirmative vote of a majority of those present is required for adoption. Upon adoption of a motion to raise one or more calls, business shall be taken up at the point at which it was interrupted by the call, except that motions to recess or adjourn take precedence over the question on which the call was raised, and subsequent calls on motions unrelated to progress of a proposal are in order. The motion to raise a call is not amendable.
sr85(6) (6) Effect of adjournment upon call of senate. A majority of those present may adjourn, but upon reconvening, the senate is not under call, but the call of the senate may again be ordered in the same manner as provided in this rule.
sr85(7) (7) Granting leave under call. Absent members may be granted leave during a call of the senate by majority vote of members present. Leave cannot be canceled after a call of the senate has been ordered. Prior leave expires when the senator returns although it is before the time limit set.
[(1), (5) to (7) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(5) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(7) am. 2009 S.Res. 2]]
sr86 Senate Rule 86. Sergeant at arms may report. The sergeant at arms may make a report of the proceedings under the call at any time. The motion to accept the report is determined by ayes and noes. The call may not be raised unless a majority of those present vote in favor of the motion. If the report is not accepted, the sergeant at arms shall proceed to a completion of the duties under rule 84.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
sr87 Senate Rule 87. Call raised when absentees present and business disposed of. When the sergeant at arms reports that all who were absent without leave are present and names them, the report shall be entered on the journal. The call ends as soon as the business, pending when the call was made, is disposed of.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
Chapter 9:
EMPLOYEES
sr88 Senate Rule 88. Employment and supervision of senate employees.
sr88(1)(1) The committee on senate organization has general supervision and direction over all employees of the senate and may supervise or assign supervision over employees as it considers proper to the chief clerk, to the sergeant at arms, or to members.
sr88(2) (2) On recommendation of the respective appointing officers, the committee on senate organization shall allocate the number of employees of the senate within the limits established by the staffing pattern then in force and the duties and responsibilities assigned to each employee. The chief clerk shall assign each position to the proper pay range.
sr88(3) (3) Employees may not be allowed compensation except for such time as they are in attendance, except when absent with leave granted by their superior officers. Employees are not exempt from this provision on any day of the week. All employees shall perform such duties in connection with the work of the senate as are assigned to them by their superior officers, and shall be available at such hours as their superior officers direct.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(1) and (3) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(2) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
sr89 Senate Rule 89. Certification of payroll. The chief clerk shall certify to the department of administration the names of all persons employed in the senate and the amounts respectively due them.
[am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
Chapter 10:
RULES
sr90 Senate Rule 90. Creating, amending, or repealing rules. Senate rules may be created, amended, or repealed by resolution adopted by a vote of a majority of the senate membership presently serving. The vote is taken by ayes and noes. The resolution shall set forth the precise detail of the proposed creation, amendment, or repeal. After the senate rules have been established at the commencement of the biennial session, any resolution to change the senate rules must lay over one week.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
sr91 Senate Rule 91. Suspending rules. Senate rules may be suspended by the senate by vote of two-thirds of the members present. The vote is determined by ayes and noes unless unanimous consent is given.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr92 Senate Rule 92. Continuity of senate rules. Senate rules are effective until amended or repealed by the senate. Senate rules remain in force at the beginning of a succeeding biennial session until superseded by rules adopted by the senate in the succeeding biennial session of the legislature.
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
sr93 Senate Rule 93. Special or extraordinary sessions. Unless otherwise provided by the senate for a specific special or extraordinary session, the rules of the senate adopted for the biennial session, with the following modifications, apply to each special session called by the governor and to each extraordinary session called by the senate and assembly organization committees or called by a joint resolution approved by both houses:
sr93(1)(1) Except as provided in sub. (1d), a proposal or amendment may not be considered unless it accomplishes the special purposes for which the special session was convened or the business specified in the action authorizing the extraordinary session. Notwithstanding rule 46 (6), any proposal that is adversely and finally disposed of for the biennial session may be revived by specific inclusion in the action authorizing an extraordinary session, provided that the proposal had not failed a vote of concurrence or passage in the senate. Any proposal revived under this subsection is considered to be at the same stage of the proceedings as it had attained upon being adversely and finally disposed of.
sr93(1d) (1d) Resolutions offering commendations, congratulations, or condolences, memorializing congress or an individual, or affecting senate or legislative rules or proceedings are declared not to be within the meaning of the term "business" under the constitutional provision limiting the matters to be considered during special sessions to those enumerated in the governor's call for a special session. All such matters may be considered during any extraordinary session.
sr93(1p) (1p) A senate proposal may not be considered unless it is recommended to be introduced, offered, or considered by the committee on senate organization, the senate committee on finance, the joint committee on finance, the joint committee on legislative organization, or by the joint committee on employment relations.
sr93(2) (2) A notice of a committee meeting is not required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board, and a bulletin of committee hearings may not be published.
sr93(3) (3) The daily calendar is in effect immediately upon posting on the legislative bulletin boards. The calendar need not be distributed.
sr93(4) (4) Any point of order shall be decided within one hour.
sr93(5) (5) A motion may not be entertained to postpone action to a day or time certain.
sr93(6) (6) Any motion to advance a proposal and any motion to message a proposal to the assembly may be adopted by a majority of those present and voting.
[cr. 1983 S.Res. 4]
[(intro.) am. 1989 S.Res. 3]
[(1) and (3) am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[(1) to (3) and (5) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(intro.), (1), (1p) and (6) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(1d) (from rule 33 (3)) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(intro.), (1), (1d), (1p) and (2) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
sr94 Senate Rule 94. Publishing of senate rules.
sr94(3)(a)(a) Within one week after the adoption of a resolution significantly changing the senate rules, the chief clerk shall direct the distribution of a new pamphlet incorporating the entire text of the senate rules as affected by the resolution unless, in the judgment of the chief clerk, additional rule changes may soon be agreed to by the senate. Each pamphlet edition shall contain a revised table of contents and index prepared by the legislative reference bureau.
sr94(3)(b) (b) As directed by the chief clerk, a resolution amending the senate rules may be engrossed and duplicated for distribution.
[rn. from S.Rule 93 by 1983 S.Res. 4]
[am. 1987 S.Res. 3]
[(3)(a) am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[(3) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
Chapter 11:
MISCELLANEOUS
sr95 Senate Rule 95. Copies for senate. All publications for the senate and reproduction to be done for the senate shall conform to the senate and joint rules or be as determined by the committee on senate organization or the joint committee on legislative organization.
[rn. from S.Rule 94 by 1983 S.Res. 4]
[am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr95m Senate Rule 95m. Governor's veto message. The governor's veto message shall be read at length unless copies of the document have been distributed to the members.
[cr. 2009 S.Res. 2]
sr96 Senate Rule 96. Fiscal estimates.
sr96(1)(1) The committee on senate organization may request from the legislative fiscal bureau an original fiscal estimate on a bill if the committee believes that a fiscal estimate on the bill will not be completed by the state agency assigned to prepare the fiscal estimate before the bill receives a public hearing, is voted on by a senate standing committee, or is considered by the senate.
sr96(1m) (1m) The chairperson of any committee may request from the legislative fiscal bureau an original fiscal estimate on a bill if the fiscal estimate on the bill is not completed by the state agency assigned to prepare the fiscal estimate before the 5th day after the deadline specified under joint rule 42 (3).
sr96(2)(2) An original fiscal estimate prepared under sub. (1) shall be submitted to the legislative reference bureau for review by the requester under joint rule 48 and for reproduction and insertion in the bill jacket envelope. The fiscal estimate, however, may not be reproduced or inserted if the fiscal estimate prepared by the state agency is available for reproduction and insertion before the fiscal estimate prepared under sub. (1).
sr96(3) (3) Unless otherwise determined by the senate, failure to receive a fiscal estimate requested under sub. (1) on a bill that already has one or more original fiscal estimates does not delay consideration of the bill. Unless otherwise determined by the senate, failure to receive a fiscal estimate requested other than under sub. (1) on a bill that already has one or more original fiscal estimates requested under sub. (1) does not delay consideration of the bill.
[cr. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(1m) cr. 2007 S.Res. 2]
sr97 Senate Rule 97. Space assignments. At the commencement of each biennial session, the committee on senate organization shall assign to each member the seat to be occupied by that member during the biennial session. The schedule of room assignments to members and committees, and the schedule of meetings of standing committees, shall follow the schedule of the previous biennial session unless changed by vote of the committee on senate organization.
[rn. from S.Rule 96 by 1983 S.Res. 4]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
sr98 Senate Rule 98. Citations on behalf of the senate; joint citations.
sr98(1)(1) A member may sponsor a citation on behalf of the senate to a particular person, group, or organization or to commemorate a particular event or occasion as specified in the citation. Citations may be issued during any floorperiod, during any committee work period, or during the interim period of committee work. Citations are issued without formal approval by vote of the senate.
sr98(1m) (1m) Citations may be used in place of resolutions for commendations, congratulations, and condolences of persons, groups, or organizations or to give recognition to unusual and important events or occasions, except that the use of citations may not be abused. The committee on senate organization may more specifically interpret this subsection.
sr98(2) (2) If desired by the issuing member, a citation on behalf of the senate may be coauthored by one or more other members or cosponsored by one or more representatives to the assembly.
sr98(3) (3) The president and chief clerk shall sign a citation on behalf of the senate. If so signed, it is considered approved by the senate and shall be so recorded in the journal. The issuing senator, and any cosponsor, may also sign the citation. If the president or chief clerk refuses to approve a citation, the committee on senate organization may require the president and chief clerk to approve it. A copy of the finished citation shall be provided to the issuing senator, and another copy thereof shall be filed in the legislative reference bureau.
sr98(4) (4) All citations on behalf of the senate must be prepared on an artistic form, must first be approved by the committee on senate organization, must be suitable for framing, and must be in substantially the following form:
(Scrollwork Incorporating State Coat of Arms)
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CITATION BY THE SENATE
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Know You By These Presents:
Whereas, The Burlington Standard Press has been recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association; and
Whereas, William E. Branen, Publisher of the Burlington Standard Press, has been named by....; now,
Therefore, The Members of the Wisconsin Senate, on the motion of Senators Maurer and Cullen [and Representative(s)], under Senate Rule 98, congratulate William E. Branen for his accomplishments .... .
State Capitol
Madison,Wisconsin

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(Date)
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(President)
. ..............................................
(Chief Clerk)
sr98(5)(5) A proposed citation under joint rule 7 shall, when received by the senate and whether originating in this house or in the assembly, be laid aside to allow time to examine the proposed citation for its compliance with joint rule 7. Upon approval by the president and the chief clerk, the citations are considered approved by the senate and shall be so recorded in the journal. If the president or chief clerk refuses to approve a proposed citation, the committee on senate organization may require the president and chief clerk to approve it. A written committee report is not necessary.
[rn. from S.Rule 97 by 1983 S.Res. 4]
[(4) am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(1), (1m), (3) and (4)(intro.) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(3) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(title) am. 2009 S.Res. 2]
[(5) rn. from S.Rule 34 (4) 2009 S.Res. 2]
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