Wisconsin Special Legislation Amendment, Question 1 (1871)

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The Wisconsin Special Legislation Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1871 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article IV, Section 31 & 32 of the Wisconsin Constitution to prohibit special legislation on nine subjects.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 54,087 93.64%
No3,67506.36%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Against special legislation
For special legislation[2]

Notes:

  • "Against special legislation" meant to vote for the amendment.
  • "For special legislation" meant to vote against the amendment.
  • The two statements would have been printed on separate tickets to put in a ballot box.[2]

Constitutional changes

ARTICLE IV
SECTION 31. The Legislature is prohibited from enacting any special or private laws in the following cases : 1st. For changing the name of persons or constituting one person the heir-at-law of another. 2d. For laying out, opening or altering highways, except in cases of State roads extending into more than one county, and military roads to aid In the construction of which lands may be granted by Congress. 3d. For authorizing persons to keep ferries across streams, at points wholly within this State. 4th. For authorizing the sale or mortgage of real or personal property of minors or others under disability. 5th. For locating or changing any county sent. 6th. For assessment or collection of taxes or for extending the time for the collection thereof. 7th. For granting corporate powers or privileges, except to cities. 8th. For authorizing the apportionment of any part of the school fund. 9th. For Incorporating any town or village, or to amend the charter thereof.
SECTION 32. The Legislature shall provide general laws for the transaction of any business that may be prohibited by section thirty-one of this article, and all such laws shall be uniform In their operations throughout the State.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 14 & JR 13 (1870)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 29 & JR 1 (1871)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.122 (1871)[1]

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