Wisconsin Senate Presiding Officer Amendment, Question 3 (April 1979)

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The Wisconsin Senate Presiding Officer Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 3, 1979 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment was a part of a larger single piece of legislation that was divided into four ballot measure questions during the April 3 election. Question 3 specifically modified Article IV, Section 9 and Article V, Section 8 of the state constitution to eliminate the Lt. Governor's role as presiding officer of Wisconsin State Senate[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 372,734 53.27%
No327,00846.73%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Senate presiding officer. Shall section 9 of article IV of the constitution be amended, and shall the first sentence of section 8 of article V of the constitution be repealed, to eliminate the lieutenant governor's function as senate presiding officer and to permit the state senate, instead, to select its presiding officer from among its member?[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article IV] Section 9. Each house shall choose its own presiding officer</s>, and the senate shall choose a temporary president when the lieutenant governor shall not attend as president, or shall act as governor</s> from its own members.
[Article V] Section 8. The lieutenant governor shall be president of the president of the senate, but shall have only a casting vote therein. (1) If; during there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, and the lieutenant governor shall be dies, resigns or is removed from office, the secretary of state shall become governor for the balance of the unexpired term.
(2) If there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor and the governor is absent from this state, impeached, displaced, resign, die, or from mental or physical disease become becomes incapable of performing the duties of his the office, or be absent from the state, the secretary of state shall act serve as acting governor for the balance of the unexpired term or until the vacancy shall be filled or the governor returns, the disability shall cease ceases or the impeachment is vacated. [1]

Note: Every part after the first sentence of Article V, Section 8 was officially modified by Question 1 of 1979.

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 51 & JR 32 (1977)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 1 & JR 3 (1979)[2]

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