Wisconsin Public Officer Privilege Use Amendment, Question 4 (April 1956)

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The Wisconsin Railroad Pass for Public Use Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 3, 1956 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article XIII, Section 11 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow employees of railroads and public utilities who are also public office holders to receive privileges similar to other company employees only when not performing official public duties.[1]

Election results

Question 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No380,20766.83%
Yes 188,715 33.17%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1958

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall the last paragraph of section 11 of article XIII of the constitution be amended so as to permit giving free passes, franks or other privileges for traveling accommodations, transportation or transmission of messages or communications to notaries public and regular employees of railroads and other public utilities who are candidates for or hold public office to the same extend as the other employes of such corporations, provided the same shall not be used or exercised in traveling to or from public office or in the performance of official duties?"[2]

Explanation

The explanation of the amendment by the Milwaukee County Board of Election Commissioners read:

"If the amednment is adopted employes of a railroad or other public utility who hold passes for free transportation or have other privileges, and who are also public officers, may not use such passes or privileges in traveling to or from their public office or in the performance of any official duty."[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 12 & JR 61 (1953)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 47 & JR 54 (1955)[1]

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