Senate Bill 43/Assembly Bill 63
January 19, 2010
Senate Bill 43 is a bipartisan proposal requiring disclosure of special interest electioneering. This electioneering disclosure legislation mirrors new rules approved by the state Government Accountability Board. The same proposal was introduced last session as SB 463, a rewrite of Senate Bill 77 which was passed in the Senate in May 2007 before the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in a case challenging disclosure provisions of the federal McCain-Feingold campaign reform law. SB 43 takes into account that ruling.
SB 43 was introduced February 5, 2009 and referred to the committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing in the Senate.
A companion bill, Assembly Bill 63, was introduced and referred to Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform on February 17, 2009.
A joint public hearing on these bills was held by the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform and the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform and Housing on May 27, 2009. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign delivered testimony supporting the legislation.
AB 63 was approved by the Assembly committee with one amendment on a 6-1 vote on June 16, 2009 (Rep. Stone dissenting).
SB 43 was approved by the Senate committee with one amendment on a 3-2 vote on September 15, 2009.
The Senate passed SB 43 with a strong bipartisan vote (26-7) on January 19, 2010.