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Senate to Vote on Continuity of Government Amendment

On September 22, the State Senate will give first consideration to a proposed constitutional amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 39, which would require state and local governments to provide for prompt and temporary succession of powers in case of disaster. Wisconsin's Constituion currently calls for this succession in cases of enemy attacks, and this proposed amendment would change the definition to include severe or prolonged, natural or human-caused, occurrence that threatens life, health, or the security of the state. This proposed constitutional amendment would need to pass both houses of the Legislature this session and next session before going to the voters on a statewide ballot.