How it happened: Rep. Ramthun bravely called for a point of order on Tuesday during an open session of the Wisconsin Assembly. He did this by asking for a privileged resolution. His legislation was referred to the Rules Committee per parliamentary rules. Then debate continued on an existing Bill 743 in the Assembly.
The resolution was privileged. This way they were able to do a vote within the session that was currently in place. And the result was all “Yes”, a unanimous vote to move the legislation to the Rules Committee. It’s in the hands of Speaker Vos, a Republican. So Speaker Vos and the rest of the representatives have ten days to answer back on whether he’s going to push it to the floor for a vote. It is not clear what the Wisconsin Senate will do with it yet.
Representative Ramthun used the rulebook, used the Constitution, and was fearless. He went out there in front of everybody, stopped the session and said, I’m a legislator, and I want you to hear this because that’s what the constituents are asking me to do.
The assembly voted on the resolution to have passage to the Rules Committee, to get an opinion to move forward. They could have tabled it. They didn’t even have to hear it. But because it was found privilege, they had no choice. And now the legislation moves to the Rules Committee.
So now the legislation moves to the next level, it’s still alive, and we’ll see what happens in the Rules Committe led by Robin Vos. It’s not a done deal, but it’s the first time in Wisconsin history that a state Representative has moved to reclaim Wisconsin’s 10 electoral ballots.
Ramthun’s office is kicking butt and needs to be supported and thanked for doing the right thing for the people of Wisconsin and America. Regardless of where the resolution goes from here, Representative Ramthun has always kept his word to the people of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Assembly Rules Committee Members:
Representative Steineke (Chair)
How can you help? Contact the rules committee members and tell them to put the resolution through.
You can reach your legislator by calling the Legislative Hotline. In Madison, dial 266-9960. Toll-free, call 1-800-362-9472.
** We will be updating this post as we learn more. This post has been updated as we gathered more information from our many sources.
Here is video of tonight’s historic vote in the Wisconsin Assembly via H.O.T Wisconsin.