In this subchapter:

Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 69.01

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Live birth: means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, of a human being, at any stage of development, who, after the expulsion or extraction, breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, a cesarean section, or an abortion, as defined in s. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Registered nurse: includes a registered nurse who holds a multistate license, as defined in s. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
   (1r)   “Certificate of termination of domestic partnership” means a certificate issued by a county clerk under s. 770.12 (3).
   (2)   “Certifier of the cause of death” means a physician, coroner or medical examiner acting under s. 69.18 (2).
   (3)   “City registrar” means the local health officer of a local health department with jurisdiction for a city that is a registration district.
   (5)   “Court report” means an abstract of a court action involving a vital record completed and certified by the clerk of court on a form supplied by the state registrar.
   (6g)   “Date of death” means the date that a person is pronounced dead by a physician, coroner, deputy coroner, medical examiner, deputy medical examiner, or hospice nurse.
   (6r)   “Declaration of domestic partnership” means a declaration issued by a county clerk under s. 770.07 (2).
   (7)   “Department” means the department of health services.
   (8)   “Direction of the state registrar” means the determination in individual cases that statutes are being observed, the issuance of administrative rules, the imposition of statutory penalties and the maintenance of communications within the system of vital statistics.
   (10)   “File” means the acceptance by the local registrar and the initial incorporation of vital records provided under this subchapter into the system of vital statistics.
   (11)   “Filing party” means any person who submits a vital record to a local registrar for filing in the system of vital statistics.
   (12)   “Final disposition” means the disposition of a corpse or stillbirth by burial, interment, entombment, cremation, delivery to a university or school under s. 157.02 (3) or delivery to a medical or dental school anatomy department under s. 157.06. “Final disposition” does not include disposition of the ashes produced by cremation of a corpse or stillbirth.
   (12g)   “Hospice” has the meaning given in s. 50.90 (1).
   (12m)   “Hospice nurse” means a registered nurse, as defined in s. 146.40 (1) (f), who is employed by or under contract to a hospice.
   (13)   “Hospital” has the meaning given under s. 50.33 (2).
   (13m)   “Induced abortion” means the termination of a uterine pregnancy by a physician of a woman known by the physician to be pregnant, for a purpose other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus.
   (14)   “Local health department” has the meaning given in s. 250.01 (4).
   (15)   “Local registrar” means:
      (a)    The register of deeds responsible for filing vital records in the county except as provided under par. (b).
      (b)    The city registrar responsible for filing certificates of births or certificates of births and deaths in his or her city.
   (15r)   “Marriage certificate” has the meaning given in s. 765.002 (3).
   (16)   “Marriage document” has the meaning given under s. 765.002 (4).
   (16m)   “Medical certification” means those portions of a death certificate that provide the cause of death, the manner of death, injury-related data, and any other medically-related data that is collected as prescribed by the state registrar under s. 69.18 (1m) (c) 2.
   (17)   “Person with a direct and tangible interest” means a person who satisfies the requirements under s. 69.20 (1).
   (18)   “Place of death” means the place where a pronouncement of a human death occurs or, if a death occurs in a conveyance or a corpse is found in interstate waters and removed in this state, the place where the corpse is removed.
   (19)   “Registrant” means the subject of a certificate or declaration which a local registrar has accepted for filing in the system of vital statistics.
   (20)   “Registration” means final processing of vital records after filing and review for completeness and correctness by the local and state registrar.
   (21)   “Registration district” means a county, except that a city approved under s. 69.04 is a registration district for filing certificates of births or certificates of births and deaths occurring in the city.
   (22)   “Research” means a systematic study through scientific inquiry for the purpose of expanding a field of knowledge, including environmental or epidemiological research or special studies, that is conducted by persons who meet criteria for access that are specified in rules promulgated under s. 69.20 (4).
   (24)   “State registrar” means the state registrar of vital statistics appointed by the department under s. 69.02 (1) (b).
   (25)   “System of vital statistics” means:
      (a)    The filing, registration, collection, preservation, amendment and certification of vital records under this subchapter.
      (b)    The collection of records, other than vital records, required under this subchapter.
      (c)    Activities related to the activities under pars. (a) and (b), including the tabulation, analysis and publication of vital statistics.
   (26)   “Vital records” means any of the following:
      (a)    Certificates of birth, death, divorce or annulment, and termination of domestic partnership, marriage documents, and declarations of domestic partnership.
      (b)    Worksheets that use forms that are approved by the state registrar and are related to documents under par. (a).
      (c)    Data related to documents under par. (a) or worksheets under par. (b).
   (27)   “Vital statistics” means the data derived from certificates of birth, death, divorce or annulment, and termination of domestic partnership, marriage documents, declarations of domestic partnership, fetal death reports or related reports.