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Wisconsin Verified Open Meetings Complaint

Wisconsin Verified Open Meetings Complaint

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This is the Complaint, filed today, March 10, 2011, by Wisconsin State Assembly Minority Leader, Democrat Peter Barca, complaining that the Joint Committee of Conference held on March 9, 2011 was in violation of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. Here is a video of that meeting: http://youtu.be/a5sx-4i5y0E
This is the Complaint, filed today, March 10, 2011, by Wisconsin State Assembly Minority Leader, Democrat Peter Barca, complaining that the Joint Committee of Conference held on March 9, 2011 was in violation of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. Here is a video of that meeting: http://youtu.be/a5sx-4i5y0E

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VERIFIEDOPENMEETINGSLAWCOMPLAINTNowcomesthecomplainant,PeterBarca,pursuanttoWis.Stat.
§§
19.96and19.97,beingfirstdulyswornonoathallegesandcomplains:1.ThatIamanadultresidentoftheStateofWisconsinandamtheelectedRepresentativeofthe64
th
AssemblyDistrict.2.ThatImakethisaffidavitonmyownpersonalknowledge.3.ThatmyprincipalofficeislocatedatRoom201West,StateCapitol,Madison,WI,53708.4.ThatJeffFitzgerald,whoseprincipalofficeislocatedatRoom211West,StateCapitol,Madison,WI53708,isonthedayofMarch10,2011,chiefpresidingofficeroftheWisconsinAssembly,andthattheWisconsinAssemblyisagovernmentalbodywithinthemeaningofWis.Stat.
§§
19.82(1)and19.87;5.ThatScottFitzgerald,whoseprincipalofficeislocatedatRoom211South,StateCapitol,P.O.Box7882,Madison,Wisconsin,53707-7882,isonthedayofMarch10,2011,chiefpresidingofficeroftheWisconsinSenate,andthattheWisconsinSenateisagovernmentalbodywithinthemeaningofWis.Stat.
§§
19.82(1)and19.87;6.ThatRepresentativeJeffFitzgeraldandSenatorScottFitzgeraldpresidedoverameetingoftheJointCommitteeofConferenceonJanuary2011SpecialSessionAssemblyBill11at6:00p.m.onthe9thdayofMarch1,2011,attheSenateParlor,StateCapitol,DaneCounty,Wisconsin;
 
7.ThatthemeetingofConferenceCommitteewasattendedby2Senatorsand3Representatives,andthatIwasthesoleDemocraticmemberoftheLegislatureinattendance;8.ThatthemembersoftheSenatevotedonandpassedSpecialSessionAssemblyBill11atthemeeting,eventhoughtheSenatehadnotpreviouslyvotedonorpassedAssemblyBill11orthecompanionSenateBill;afloorperiodoftheSenatehadnotbeencalledorpubliclynoticed;andthemeetingwasannouncedtothepublicandmembersofthelegislatureasameetingoftheJointCommitteeofConference.9.ThatunderJointRule3oftheWisconsinLegislature,aCommitteeofConference"consistingof3membersfromeachhousemayberequestedbyeitherhouse"in"allcasesofdisagreementbetweenthesenateandassemblyonamendments,adoptedbyeitherhousetoabillorjointresolutionpassedbytheotherhouse."JointRule3(1).10.ThatunderJointRule3oftheWisconsinLegislature,theCommitteeofConference"shallmeetandstatetoeachother,orallyorinwriting,thereasonsoftheirrespectivehousesfororagainstthedisagreement,andconferthereon,andshallreporttotheirrespectivehousesanyagreementtheyarriveatbythevoteofatleastamajorityofthemembersofthecommitteerepresentingeachhouse."JointRule3(1)(a).11.ThatunderJointRule3oftheWisconsinLegislature,"whenthecommitteeofconferencehasreachedagreementthereportshallbefirstpresented,ifasenatebillorjointresolution,totheassemblyand,ifanassemblybillorjointresolution,tothesenate."JointRule3(1)(b).
 
12.ThatunderJOintRule3oftheWisconsinLegislature,"approvaloftheconferencereportbyarollcallvoteineachhousesufficienttoconstitutefinalpassageoftheproposalshallbefinalpassageofthebillorfinaladoptionandconcurrenceinthejointresolutionintheformandwiththechangesproposedbythereport."13.Thatthemeetingof"theJointCommitteeofConferenceonJanuary2011SpecialSessionAssemblyBill11"convenedat6:00p.m.onthe9thdayofMarch1,2011,wasnotconductedincompliancewithJointRule3,andisnotexemptfromtherequirementsoftheOpenMeetingsLaw,asmandatedbyWis.Stat.
§§
19.87and19.87(2);14.ThatthepublicnoticeforthemeetingwasmisleadingandinsufficienttoapprisethepublicandthenewsmediathatthemajorityoftheSenatewouldtakeavotetopassthebill,whichhadnotpreviouslypassedtheSenate;15.Thatthepublicnoticeofthemeetingdidnotsetforththetime,date,placeandsubjectmatterofthemeetinginsuchformaswasreasonablylikelytoapprisemembersofthepublicandthenewsmediathereofinviolationofWis.Stat.
§
19.84(2);16.ThatIdidnotreceivenoticeofthemeetinguntil4:20p.m.onMarch9,2010;17.Thatthepublicnoticeofthemeetingwasnotgiven24hoursinadvanceofthemeetingandnogoodcauseexistedsuchthatnoticeof24hourswasimpossibleorimpractical,inviolationofWis.Stat.
§
19.84(3);18.Thatevenifgoodcauseexisted,publicnoticeofthemeetingwasgivenlessthattwohoursbeforethemeeting,inviolationofWis.Stat.
§
19.84(4);19.ThattherehasbeenanextremelyhighlevelofpublicinterestinSpecialSessionAssemblyBill11;

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