Wisconsin Free Passes for Public Officials Amendment, Question 3 (1902)

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The Wisconsin Free Passes for Public Officials Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 4, 1902 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article XIII, Section 11 of the Wisconsin Constitution to prohibit free passes and other privileges for public officials.[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 67,781 62.48%
No40,69737.52%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall the Amendment to Article XIII, of the Constitution be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

No person, association, co-partnership or corporation, shall promise, off, or give for any purpose, to any political, to any political committee, or any member or employee thereof, to any candidate for, or incumbent of any office or position under the constitution or laws, or under any ordinance of any town or municipality of this state, or to any person at the request or for the advantage of all, or any of them, any free pass or frank, or any privilege withheld from any person, for the traveling accommodation or transportation of any person or property, or the transmission of any message or communication. No political committee, and no member or employee thereof, no candidate for, and no incumbent of any office or position under the constitution or laws, or under any ordinance of any town or municipality of this state, shall ask for or accept, from any person, association, co-partnership or corporation, or use, in any manner or for any purposes, any free pass or frank, or any privilege withheld for any person for the traveling accommodation or transportation of any person or property, or the transmission of any message or communication. Any violation of any of the above provisions shall be bribery and be punished as provided by law, and if any officer or any member of the legislature be found guilty thereof, his office shall become vacant. No person within the purview of this act shall be privileged from testifying in relation to anything therein prohibited and no person having so testified shall be liable to any prosecution or punishment or any offense concerning which he was required to give his testimony or produce any documentary evidence. The railroad commissioner and his deputy in the discharge of duty are excepted from the provisions of this amendment.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 12 & JR 8 (1899)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 8 & JR 9 (1901)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.437 (1901)[1]

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