Tax Exemptions Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature

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The Tax Exemptions Committee is a standing committee of the Wisconsin State Legislature.


It is the purpose of this committee to provide the legislature with a considered opinion of the legality of the proposal, of the fiscal effect upon the state and its subdivisions and of the desirability as a matter of public policy of each legislative proposal which would modify existing laws or create new laws relating to the exemption of property or persons from any state or local taxes or special assessments. To this end the committee shall:
  • Make such investigations as are required to carry out the duties assigned to it.
  • Hold such hearings as are required to elicit information required to make its reports. Any member is empowered to administer oaths and examine witnesses. By subpoena, issued over the signature of the cochairpersons and served in the manner in which circuit court subpoenas are served, it may summon and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of records necessary or convenient to be examined or used by them in carrying out their functions. Any subpoenaed witness who fails to appear, refuses to answer inquiries, or fails or refuses to produce records within his or her control when demanded shall be reported by the committee to the circuit court of Dane County, whose duty it is to compel obedience to any such subpoena by attachment proceedings for contempt as in case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from said court or a refusal to testify therein.[1][2]


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The Tax Exemptions Committee is composed of the following members:[3]

  • Two majority party senators, one minority party senator, 2 majority party representatives to the assembly and one minority party representative to the assembly, selected as are the members of standing committees in their respective houses
  • A representative of the department of justice selected by the Attorney General
  • The secretary of revenue or the secretary's designated representative
  • A public member, selected by the governor by January 15 of each odd-numbered year, who is familiar with the tax problems of subordinate levels of government throughout the state

2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Tax Exemptions Committee Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (4)
Tim CarpenterTyler August, Co-Chair
Dianne HesselbeinDevin Lemahieu, Co-Chair
Rob Swearingen
Thomas Tiffany


2011-2012 Session

External links


  1. Wisconsin State Legislature, "Revised Statutes," accessed February 3, 2014(Statute 13.52-5)
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Wisconsin State Legislature, "Revised Statutes," accessed February 3, 2014(Statute 13.52-1)