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Summary of Changes to Chapter 43 (Legislation passed in 2006)

(Act 226 and 420, formerly known as SB 272 and SB 273, or the "Language" and "Reform" Bills)

(a similar version of this document is available in Word and PDF)

Background

2005 Wisconsin Act 226 (formerly known as SB 273, or the "Language" Bill)

2005 Wisconsin Act 420 (formerly known as SB 272, or the "Reform" Bill)


Background:  On March 27, 2006, Governor Doyle signed SB 273 (the "Language" Bill), which updates and clarifies language in Chapter 43 relating to public libraries and public library systems.   The bill became law as Act 226.

On May 19, 2006, Governor Doyle signed SB 272 (the "Reform" Bill), which makes more substantial modifications to statutory provisions relating to the organization and funding of public libraries and public library systems.  The bill became law as Act 420

Both acts took effect on the day after they were published, except that the portion of Act 420 that relates to payments to libraries in adjacent counties takes effect on July 1, 2006.   Both acts were based on recommendations of the Task Force on Public Library Legislation and Funding. 

Chapter 43 (PDF) as posted on the Wisconsin State Legislature website incorporates both Acts, as of August 8, 2006. 

A summary of the provisions of both bills is provided below.  You may also want to see the articles about them in the March-April 2006 issue of Channel, the bimonthly newsletter of the Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning (DLTCL). 

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Act 226 (the "Language" Bill, SB 273) makes the following changes to Chapter 43:

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Act 420 (the "Reform" Bill, SB272) makes the following changes to Chapter 43:


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