December 11, 2018


Wisconsin Ethics Commission

101 E. Wilson Street, Wisconsin Room
Madison, Wisconsin
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Open Session Agenda

A. Call to Order  
B. Report of Appropriate Meeting Notice – Staff Counsel
C. Approval of Minutes of Prior Meetings
1. Minutes of August 21, 2018 Open Session Meeting
2. Minutes of September 14, 2018 Open Session Meeting
D. Personal Appearances
E. Review of Lobbying-Related Opinions of Previous Boards
F.      Unauthorized Lobbying Audit Process Update
G.     Administrative Rule Update
H.     Social Media Guideline
I.      SEI Website Modernization Update
J.      Legislative Lobbying Plan
K.     Complaint Procedures
L.     Staff Report
M.    Consideration of Future Agenda Items
N. Closed Session
1. Requests for Advice
2.     Complaints and Investigations
O.     Return to Open Session (if required)
P. Adjourn 

Future Ethics Commission Meetings Scheduled:
    • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, August 27 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The Ethics Commission will convene in open session but may move to closed session under WIS. STAT. § 19.85(1)(c), (g), (h), or WIS. STAT. § 19.851. This notice is to inform the public that the Commission intends to convene in open session, but may move to closed session. The Commission plans to return to open session following that closed session, as outlined in the above agenda. WIS. STAT. § 19.85(2). 

WIS. STAT. §§ 19.50 & 19.55(3) No employee of the Commission may disclose information related to an investigation or prosecution under ch. 11, subchapter III of ch. 13, or ch. 19.

WIS. STAT. § 19.85(1) Any meeting of a governmental body, upon motion duly made and carried, may be convened in closed session under one or more of the exemptions provided in this section. The motion shall be carried by a majority vote in such manner that the vote of each member is ascertained and recorded in the minutes. No motion to convene in closed session may be adopted unless the chief presiding officer announces to those present at the meeting at which such motion is made, the nature of the business to be considered at such closed session, and the specific exemption or exemptions under this subsection by which such closed session is claimed to be authorized. Such announcement shall become part of the record of the meeting. No business may be taken up at any closed session except that which relates to matters contained in the chief presiding officer's announcement of the closed session. A closed session may be held for any of the following purposes:
(g) Conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved.

(h) Consideration of requests for confidential written advice from the elections commission under s. 5.05 (6a) or the ethics commission under s. 19.46 (2), or from any county or municipal ethics board under s. 19.59 (5). 

WIS. STAT. § 19.851(2) The commission shall hold each meeting of the commission for the purpose of deliberating concerning an investigation of any violation of the law under the jurisdiction of the commission in closed session under this section.