2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 323. Emergency management.
323.53 Succession to office; state officers.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 323.53 (2017)

323.53 Succession to office; state officers.

(1)Emergency interim successors to office of governor. If, during a state of emergency resulting from enemy action, the governor is unavailable and the lieutenant governor and the secretary of state are unavailable, the attorney general, state treasurer, speaker of the assembly, and the president of the senate shall in the order named if the preceding named officers are unavailable, exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office of governor until a new governor is elected and qualified, or until a preceding named officer becomes available; but no interim successor to those offices may serve as governor.

NOTE: Sub. (1) is amended by 2009 Wis. Act 42, effective the day after the secretary of state notifies the legislature that an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution has been approved that requires the legislature to provide for temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices for the period of an emergency resulting from a cause other than an enemy action, to read as follows:

(2)Interim successors for other state officers.

(a) All state officers, subject to regulations that the governor, or other official authorized under the constitution or this section to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office of governor, may issue, shall, in addition to any deputy authorized to exercise all of the powers and discharge the duties of the office, designate by title interim successors and specify their order of succession. The officer shall review and revise, as necessary, designations made under this section to ensure their current status. The officer shall designate a sufficient number of interim successors so that there will be not fewer than 3 nor more than 7 deputies or interim successors or any combination of deputies or interim successors, at any time.

(b) If, during a state of emergency resulting from enemy action, any state officer is unavailable and his or her deputy, if any, is also unavailable, the powers of his or her office shall be exercised and the duties of his or her office shall be discharged by his or her designated interim successors in the order specified. The interim successor shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office only until any of the following occurs:

NOTE: Par. (b) (intro.) is amended by 2009 Wis. Act 42, effective the day after the secretary of state notifies the legislature that an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution has been approved that requires the legislature to provide for temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices for the period of an emergency resulting from a cause other than an enemy action, to read as follows:

(b) If, during a state of emergency resulting from a disaster or the imminent threat of a disaster, any state officer is unavailable and his or her deputy, if any, is also unavailable, the powers of his or her office shall be exercised and the duties of his or her office shall be discharged by his or her designated interim successors in the order specified. The interim successor shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office only until any of the following occurs:

1. Where a vacancy exists, the governor under the constitution or authority other than this section, or other official authorized under the constitution or this section to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office of governor, appoints a successor to fill the vacancy.

2. A successor is appointed, or elected and qualified as provided by law other than under subd. 1.

3. An officer, the officer's deputy or a preceding named interim successor becomes available to exercise, or resume the exercise of, the powers and discharge the duties of the office.

History: 2009 a. 42 ss. 132, 140, 141, 313, 314; Stats. 2009 s. 323.53.

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