Wisconsin Legislative Creation of Corporations Amendment, Question 4 (April 1981)

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The Wisconsin Legislative Creation of Corporations Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1981 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

  • This amendment was part of a combined proposal with Question 5 to modified Article XI, Section 1 and 4 of the state constitution to remove obsolete corporate and banking provisions. Question 4 specifically delete with the corporate provisions.[1]

Election results

Question 4
Approveda Yes 418,997 69.15%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1981-1982

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section I of article XI of the constitution be amended to remove an obsolete reference to the creation of corporations by special act of the legislature?"[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article XI] Section 1. Corporations without banking powers or privileges may be formed under general laws, but shall not be created by special act, except for municipal purposes, and in eases where, in the judgement of the legislature, the objects of the corporations cannot be attained under general laws. All general laws or special acts enacted under the provisions of this section may be altered or repealed by the legislature at any time after their passage.[1]


There was no major support or opposition to this amendment[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 53 & JR 21 (1979)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 13 & JR 9 (1981)[3]
  • In the first 20 years after Wisconsin adopted its constitution, there were more special laws than general laws regarding corporations, so in 1871 the state decided to prohibit special laws from creating organizations. The 1981 amendment keeps the 1871 amendment intact, but removes a provision allowing the legislature to create special law corporations if general laws cannot fulfill the needs.[2]

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