February 23, 2021 Ethics Commission Meeting


Wisconsin Ethics Commission
Teleconference Meeting

Public attendance and appearances by Zoom or call in only: join Zoom meeting​ or
dial in (312) 626-6799, meeting ID: 963 8910 3721 passcode: 930 145

To request a personal appearance, email ethics@wisconsin.gov by 5:00 p.m. on 2/19

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 9:00 a.m.

Open Session Agenda
A. Call to Order
B. Report of Appropriate Meeting Notice – Administrator
C. Approval of Minutes of Prior Meetings
1. Open Session Minutes for Meeting on December 8, 2020
D. Personal Appearances via Teleconference
E. Late Filing Campaign Finance Reports – Adjusted Standard Settlements
F. Staff Report Page
G. Consideration of Future Agenda Items
H. Closed Session
1. Requests for Advice
2. Complaints and Investigations
I. Adjourn

Future Ethics Commission Meetings Scheduled:
• Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM
• Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM
• Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM
• Tuesday, December 14, 2021 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.