The Office of the Secretary of State is headed by an elected Secretary of State, whose term of office is four years.
Wisconsin's Constitution requires the Secretary of State to maintain the official acts of the Legislature and Governor, and to keep the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and affix it to all official acts of the Governor. Pretty heady stuff, huh?
The useless bureaucrat was able to propel the state into chaos in 2011, however. But his moment of relevancy will be short lived thanks to a new law moving through the Capitol in Madison. As the Sheboygan Press reports:
After their signature collective bargaining bill took effect in 2011 days later than they hoped, some Republicans now want to cut out the middleman when it comes to enacting state laws.
Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, is sponsoring a bill speeding through the Senate that would eliminate one step in the process — the secretary of state. The measure passed the committee Grothman chairs, the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, on a party-line 3-2 vote Monday. It’s scheduled for a vote by the full Senate on Tuesday.
Under current law, once a bill is signed, it is deposited with the secretary of state, who then sets a date within 10 days for the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish it. Grothman’s bill would change the date of publication to the day after it is signed and direct the LRB to publish the act on that date, eliminating the secretary of state from the process.