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  Date of enactment: March 1, 2016
2015 Senate Bill 302   Date of publication*: March 2, 2016
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication."
2015 WISCONSIN ACT 237
An Act to repeal 157.061 (5), 157.061 (7), 157.11 (9g) (a) 1. b., 157.62 (3) (b) 2., 157.625 (2) and 440.91 (1) (c) 2.; to renumber and amend 157.061 (12), 157.061 (13), 157.10, 157.12 (4), 157.62 (5), 440.90 (7), 440.90 (8), 440.90 (9), 440.91 (1) (c) 1. and 979.10 (1) (c); to amend 15.07 (1) (cs), 15.405 (3m) (d), 71.07 (5r) (a) 3., 71.28 (5r) (a) 3., 71.47 (5r) (a) 3., 157.061 (3), 157.061 (4), 157.061 (11r), 157.061 (14), 157.061 (15), 157.062 (1), 157.062 (2), 157.062 (6) (b), 157.062 (6m), 157.062 (9), 157.064 (6), 157.064 (7), 157.07 (1), 157.07 (4), 157.07 (6), 157.08 (2) (b), 157.08 (5), 157.10 (title), 157.11 (2), 157.11 (9g) (a) 1. c., 157.11 (9g) (a) 2., 157.11 (9g) (c), 157.11 (9m), 157.11 (10), 157.112 (3m), 157.115 (2) (a) 1. (intro.), 157.115 (2) (a) 3., 157.115 (2) (b), 157.115 (2) (c), 157.115 (2) (d) (intro.), 157.12 (title), 157.12 (2) (a), 157.12 (2) (b), 157.12 (3) (a) 3., 157.12 (3) (b), 157.125 (1), 157.125 (2), 157.19 (5) (a), 157.19 (5) (b), 157.60, 157.62 (1) (a) (intro.), 157.62 (1) (c), 157.62 (2) (d), 157.62 (4), 157.62 (6), 157.62 (7), 157.63 (title), 157.63 (1), 157.63 (2) (intro.), 157.63 (2) (b), 157.63 (5), 157.635, 157.637, 157.64 (2) (intro.) and (a), 157.65 (1) (a), 157.65 (1) (b), 157.65 (2), 440.90 (3), 440.90 (14), 440.91 (1) (a), 440.91 (1m) (a), 440.91 (2) (d), 440.91 (3), 440.91 (4), 440.91 (10), 440.92 (1) (a), 440.92 (1) (b) 1., 440.92 (1) (b) 3., 440.92 (1) (b) 4., 440.92 (1) (c), 440.92 (2) (a) (intro.), 440.92 (2) (d), 440.92 (3) (c) 3., 440.92 (6) (j), 440.92 (9) (title), 440.92 (9) (a), 440.92 (9) (b) (intro.), 440.92 (9) (b) 2., 440.92 (9) (b) 3., 440.92 (9) (d), 440.92 (9) (e), 440.92 (9) (f), 440.93 (2), 440.945 (5) (a), 440.945 (5) (b), 440.947 (5), 440.95 (3), 440.95 (4) (intro.), 815.18 (3) (a) and 895.04 (5); and to create 157.061 (1p), 157.10 (1), 157.10 (2) (a) 1. to 4., 157.10 (2) (b), 157.10 (3), 157.10 (6), 157.10 (7), 157.62 (2) (b) 6m., 157.62 (3) (b) 2g., 157.62 (3) (b) 2r., 157.62 (5) (a) to (j), 182.0175 (2) (c) and 440.97 of the statutes; relating to: powers and duties of cemetery authorities; inheritance of cemetery lots in which human remains are buried; exemption of cemeteries from certain requirements concerning excavation; the powers and duties of the Cemetery Board, the Department of Safety and Professional Services, and the Department of Financial institutions; requiring the exercise of rule-making authority; and providing a penalty.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
237,1 Section 1. 15.07 (1) (cs) of the statutes is amended to read:
15.07 (1) (cs) No member of the auctioneer board, cemetery board, or real estate appraisers board may be an officer, director, or employee of a private organization that promotes or furthers any profession or occupation regulated by that board.
237,2 Section 2. 15.405 (3m) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
15.405 (3m) (d) No member of the cemetery board may serve more than 2 consecutive terms.
237,3 Section 3. 71.07 (5r) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
71.07 (5r) (a) 3. "Family member" has the meaning given in s. 157.061 (7) means a spouse or an individual related by blood, marriage, or adoption within the 3rd degree of kinship as computed under s. 990.001 (16).
237,4 Section 4. 71.28 (5r) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
71.28 (5r) (a) 3. "Family member" has the meaning given in s. 157.061 (7) 71.07 (5r) (a) 3.
237,5 Section 5. 71.47 (5r) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
71.47 (5r) (a) 3. "Family member" has the meaning given in s. 157.061 (7) 71.07 (5r) (a) 3.
237,6 Section 6. 157.061 (1p) of the statutes is created to read:
157.061 (1p) "Cemetery" means any land, including any mausoleum on the land, that is used or intended to be used, exclusively for the burial of human remains.
237,7 Section 7. 157.061 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.061 (3) "Cemetery services and merchandise" means goods associated with the burial of human remains, including monuments, markers, nameplates, vases, and urns, and any services that are associated with supplying or delivering those goods or with the burial of human remains, including the burial or entombment, and that may be lawfully provided by a cemetery authority. The term does not include caskets or outer burial containers.
237,8 Section 8. 157.061 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.061 (4) "Dedicated" means platted for use exclusively as a cemetery and qualified for the exemption from general property taxes under s. 70.11 (13).
237,9 Section 9. 157.061 (5) of the statutes is repealed.
237,10 Section 10. 157.061 (7) of the statutes is repealed.
237,11 Section 11. 157.061 (11r) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.061 (11r) "Payment of principal" means the portion of a payment for the purchase of a cemetery lot, cemetery services and merchandise, or a mausoleum space that represents the principal amount owed by the purchaser for the cemetery lot, cemetery services and merchandise, or mausoleum space, and does not include any portion of the payment that represents any taxes, finance or interest charges, administrative fees, or insurance premiums.
237,12 Section 12. 157.061 (12) of the statutes is renumbered 157.061 (3g) and amended to read:
157.061 (3g) "Preneed sales contract" means an agreement for the sale of cemetery services and merchandise that is to be delivered after the date of the initial payment for the cemetery services and merchandise, or for the sale of an undeveloped space.
237,13 Section 13. 157.061 (13) of the statutes is renumbered 157.061 (3r) and amended to read:
157.061 (3r) "Preneed trust fund" means an account or other investment in which a portion of the proceeds cemetery services and merchandise received under a preneed sales contract is deposited.
237,14 Section 14. 157.061 (14) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.061 (14) "Public mausoleum" means a mausoleum that holds or is intended to hold more than 10 human remains or a mausoleum in which at least one mausoleum space is offered for sale to the general public.
237,15 Section 15. 157.061 (15) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.061 (15) "Religious association" means any church, synagogue, or mosque or; any religious society organized under ch. 187; and any corporation whose articles of organization provide, subject to s. 182.030, that it shall be under the supervision and control of a church, synagogue, mosque, or religious society.
237,16 Section 16. 157.062 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.062 (1) Organization. Seven or more residents of the same county may form a cemetery association. They shall meet, select a chairperson and secretary, choose a name, fix the annual meeting date, and elect by ballot not less than 3 nor more than 9 trustees whom the chairperson and secretary shall immediately divide by lot into 3 classes, who shall hold their offices for 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively. Within 3 days, the chairperson and secretary shall certify the corporate name, the names, home addresses, and business addresses of the organizers and of the trustees, and their classification, and the annual meeting date acknowledged by them, and, except as provided in sub. (9), deliver the certification to the department of financial institutions cemetery board. The association then has the powers of a corporation.
237,17 Section 17. 157.062 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.062 (2) Amendments. The association may change its name, the number of trustees, or the annual meeting date by resolution at an annual meeting, or special meeting called for such purpose, by a majority vote of the members present, and, except as provided in sub. (9), by delivering to the department of financial institutions cemetery board a copy of the resolution, with the date of adoption, certified by the president and secretary or corresponding officers.
237,18 Section 18. 157.062 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.062 (6) (b) If an association that has been dissolved under par. (a), or any group that was never properly organized as a cemetery association, has cemetery grounds and human remains are buried in the cemetery grounds, 5 or more members, or persons interested as determined by order of the circuit judge under par. (c), may publish a class 3 notice, under ch. 985, in the municipality in which the cemetery is located, of the time, place , and object of the meeting, assemble and reorganize by the election of trustees and divide them into classes as provided in sub. (1), the commencement of the terms to be computed from the next annual meeting date. The secretary shall enter the proceedings of the meeting on the records. The association is reorganized upon delivery of a copy of the proceedings to the department of financial institutions cemetery board, except as provided in sub. (9). Upon reorganization, the title to the cemetery grounds, trust funds, and all other property of the association or group vests in the reorganized association, under the control of the trustees. The reorganized association may continue the name of the dissolved association or may adopt a new name.
237,19 Section 19. 157.062 (6m) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.062 (6m) Forms. The department of financial institutions cemetery board may prescribe and furnish forms for providing the information required under subs. (1) to (6).
237,20 Section 20. 157.062 (9) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.062 (9) Exemptions for certain cemeteries. In lieu of delivering a certification, resolution, or copy of proceedings to the department of financial institutions cemetery board under sub. (1), (2), or (6) (b), a cemetery association that is not required to be licensed under s. 440.91 (1) or registered under s. 440.91 (1m) shall deliver the certification, resolution, or copy of proceedings to the office of the register of deeds of the county in which the cemetery is located.
237,21 Section 21. 157.064 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.064 (6) Whenever the majority of the members of a cemetery association, or of a religious association authorized to hold lands for cemetery purposes, present at an annual meeting or special meeting called for such purpose vote to convey all of the cemetery association's or religious association's cemetery property, trust funds and other property used for cemetery purposes to another cemetery association or religious association, the trustees of the association shall transfer the property upon the acceptance of the transfer by the other association by affirmative vote of a majority of its members present at an annual meeting or special meeting called for that purpose. Upon such acceptance, the title to the cemetery property, trust funds and other property of the transferring association vests in the accepting association under the control of the trustees of the accepting association. A conveyance under this subsection is subject to s. 157.08 (2). This subsection does not apply to a religious society organized under ch. 187.
237,22 Section 22. 157.064 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.064 (7) Not more than 30 days after a transfer under sub. (6), the transferring association shall notify the department of financial institutions cemetery board in writing of the transfer, including the name and address of the accepting association or its treasurer. The department of financial institutions cemetery board may prescribe and furnish forms for providing the information required under this subsection.
237,23 Section 23. 157.07 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.07 (1) A cemetery authority shall cause to be surveyed and platted by a professional land surveyor those portions of the lands that are from time to time required for burial, into cemetery lots, drives, and walks, and record a plat or map of the land in the office of the register of deeds. The plat or map may not be recorded unless laid out and platted to the satisfaction of the county board of the county, and the town board of the town in which the land is situated, or, if the land is situated within a 1st class city, then only by the common council of that city.
237,24 Section 24. 157.07 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.07 (4) The cemetery authority shall cause the plat or map to be recorded within 30 days of the date of its approval, together with the evidence of the town and county board's or common council's approval, which shall be a copy of the resolution adopted by the county board and by the town board, or by the common council, certified by the county clerk and the town clerk, respectively, or city clerk, and affixed to the map or plat. For failure to do so, the plat shall be void, and no sale of a cemetery lot or mausoleum space may be made before the plat is recorded.
237,25m Section 25m. 157.07 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.07 (6) This section does not apply to a religious society organized under ch. 187 association or a cemetery authority of a cemetery that is affiliated with a religious association.
237,26 Section 26. 157.08 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.08 (2) (b) Before a cemetery authority sells or encumbers any cemetery land, except for a sale described in par. (a), the cemetery authority shall notify the cemetery board in writing of the proposed sale or encumbrance. If within 60 90 days after the cemetery board is notified of the proposed sale or encumbrance the cemetery board notifies the cemetery authority in writing that the cemetery board objects to the sale or encumbrance the cemetery authority may not sell or encumber the cemetery land unless the cemetery board subsequently notifies the cemetery authority in writing that the objection is withdrawn. The cemetery board may object to a sale or encumbrance only if it determines that the cemetery authority will not be financially solvent or that the rights and interests of owners of cemetery lots and mausoleum spaces will not be adequately protected if the sale or encumbrance occurs. The cemetery board may, before the expiration of the 60-day 90-day period, notify the cemetery authority in writing that the cemetery board approves of the sale or encumbrance. Upon receipt of the cemetery board's written approval, the cemetery authority may sell or encumber the cemetery land and is released of any liability under this paragraph. The cemetery board shall make every effort to make determinations under this paragraph in an expeditious manner.
237,27m Section 27m. 157.08 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.08 (5) Subsections (1) and (2) (b) do not apply to a religious society organized under ch. 187 association or a cemetery authority of a cemetery that is affiliated with a religious association, and sub. (2) (b) does not apply to a cemetery authority that is not required to be licensed under s. 440.91 (1) or registered under s. 440.91 (1m).
237,28 Section 28. 157.10 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
157.10 (title) Alienation, disposition, and use of cemetery lots and mausoleum spaces.
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