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  Date of enactment: July 12, 2015
2015 Senate Bill 21   Date of publication*: July 13, 2015
* 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 55
(Vetoed in Part)
An Act; relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
55,2 Section 2. 5.15 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
5.15 (1) (c) The wards established by municipal governing bodies in a division ordinance or resolution enacted or adopted under this section shall govern the adjustment of supervisory districts under s. 59.10 (2) (a) and (3) (b) and of aldermanic districts under s. 62.08 (1) for the purpose of local elections beginning on January 1 of the 2nd year commencing after the year of the census until revised under this section on the basis of the results of the next decennial census of population unless adjusted under sub. (2) (f) 4. or 5., (6) (a), or (7), or unless a division is required to effect an act of the legislature redistricting legislative districts under article IV, section 3, of the constitution or redistricting congressional districts. The populations of wards under each decennial ward division shall be determined on the basis of the federal decennial census and any official corrections to the census issued on or before the date of adoption of the division ordinance or resolution to reflect the correct populations of the municipality and the blocks within the municipality on April 1 of the year of the census.
55,3 Section 3. 5.15 (2) (f) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
5.15 (2) (f) 5. Territory that lies between an actual municipal boundary that existed on April 1 of the year of a federal decennial census and an intersecting municipal boundary that deviates from the actual municipal boundary on that date if the deviating boundary was used by the U.S. bureau of the census to enumerate the population of the municipality in that census.
55,4 Section 4. 5.15 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
5.15 (4) (b) Within 5 days after adoption or enactment of an ordinance or resolution under this section or any amendment thereto, the municipal clerk shall transmit one copy of the ordinance or resolution or the amendment to the county clerk of each county in which the municipality is contained, accompanied by the list and map specified in par. (a). If the population of the municipality exceeds 10,000, the municipal clerk shall furnish one copy to the legislative reference bureau at the same time. Each copy shall identify the name of the municipality and the county or counties in which it is located.
55,5 Section 5. 5.15 (4) (bg) of the statutes is created to read:
5.15 (4) (bg) No later than October 15 of each year following the year of a federal decennial census, each municipal clerk shall file a report with the county clerk of each county in which the municipality is contained confirming the boundaries of the municipality and of all wards in the municipality. The report shall be accompanied by a map of the municipality and a list of the block numbers of which the municipality and each ward within the municipality are comprised. Within 5 days after notice to the municipal clerk of a judgment that has the effect of changing the municipal boundaries, the clerk shall file the same report. Each report filed under this paragraph shall identify the name of the municipality and the county or counties in which it is located.
55,6 Section 6. 5.15 (4) (br) of the statutes is created to read:
5.15 (4) (br) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., no later than January 15 and July 15 of each year, the county clerk shall transmit to the legislative technology services bureau a report confirming the boundaries of each municipality, ward, and supervisory district in the county together with a map of the county, in an electronic format approved by the legislative technology services bureau. Each report shall be current to the nearest January 1 or July 1 preceding the date of the report.
2. In each year following the year of a federal decennial census, the July report shall instead be transmitted no later than November 1 and shall be current to the date of the report. The November 1 report shall be accompanied by a list of the block numbers of which the county and each municipality and ward within the county are comprised.
55,7 Section 7. 5.15 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
5.15 (7) If a new town municipality is created or if part of a town municipality is annexed to a city or village during a decennial period after April 1 of the year of the federal decennial census, the town board governing body of any town municipality to which territory is attached or from which territory is detached, without regard to the time provisions of sub. (1) (b), may, by ordinance or resolution, create new wards or adjust the existing wards in that town municipality to the extent required to reflect the change. If a municipality is consolidated with another municipality during a decennial period after April 1 of the year of the federal decennial census, the governing body of the consolidated municipality, without regard to the time provisions under sub. (1) (b), may, by ordinance or resolution, create new wards or adjust the existing wards of the municipality to the extent required to reflect the change. No ward line adjustment under this subsection may cross the boundary of a congressional, assembly, or supervisory district. The Within 5 days after adoption of the ordinance or resolution, the municipal clerk shall transmit copies of the ordinance or resolution making the adjustment to the county clerk in compliance with sub. (4) (b).
55,12 Section 12. 13.101 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.101 (6) (a) As an emergency measure necessitated by decreased state revenues and to prevent the necessity for a state tax on general property, the committee may reduce any appropriation made to any board, commission, department, or the University of Wisconsin System, or to any other state agency or activity, by such amount as it deems feasible, not exceeding 25% of the appropriations, except appropriations made by ss. 20.255 (2) (ac), (bc), (bh), (cg), and (cr), 20.395 (1), (2) (cq), (eq) to (ex) and (gq) to (gx), (3), (4) (aq) to (ax), and (6) (af), (aq), (ar), and (au), 20.435 (7) (4) (a) and (5) (da), and 20.437 (2) (a) and (dz) or for forestry purposes under s. 20.370 (1), or any other moneys distributed to any county, city, village, town, or school district. Appropriations of receipts and of a sum sufficient shall for the purposes of this section be regarded as equivalent to the amounts expended under such appropriations in the prior fiscal year which ended June 30. All functions of said state agencies shall be continued in an efficient manner, but because of the uncertainties of the existing situation no public funds should be expended or obligations incurred unless there shall be adequate revenues to meet the expenditures therefor. For such reason the committee may make reductions of such appropriations as in its judgment will secure sound financial operations of the administration for said state agencies and at the same time interfere least with their services and activities.
55,14 Section 14. 13.121 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.121 (4) Insurance. For the purpose of premium determinations under s. 40.05 (4) and (5) each member of the legislature shall accrue sick leave at a rate equivalent to a percentage of time worked recommended for such positions by the director of the office administrator of the division of state employment relations personnel management in the department of administration and approved by the joint committee on employment relations in the same manner as compensation for such positions is determined under s. 20.923. This percentage of time worked shall be applied to the sick leave accrual rate established under s. 230.35 (2). The approved percentage shall be incorporated into the compensation plan under s. 230.12 (1).
55,15 Section 15. 13.123 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
13.123 (1) (a) 1. Any member of the legislature who has signified, by affidavit filed with the department of administration, the necessity of establishing a temporary residence at the state capital for the period of any regular or special legislative session shall be entitled to an allowance for expenses incurred for food and lodging for each day that he or she is in Madison on legislative business, but not including any Saturday or Sunday unless the legislator is in actual attendance on such day at a session of the legislature or a meeting of a standing committee of which the legislator is a member. The amount of the allowance for each biennial session shall be 90% of the per diem rate for travel for federal government business within the city of Madison, as established by the federal general services administration. For the purpose of determining the amount of the allowance, the director of the office administrator of the division of state employment relations personnel management in the department of administration shall certify to the chief clerk of each house the federal per diem rate in effect on December 1, or the first business day thereafter if December 1 is not a business day, in each even-numbered year. Each legislator shall file an affidavit with the chief clerk of his or her house certifying the specific dollar amount within the authorized allowance the member wishes to receive. Such affidavit, when filed, shall remain in effect for the biennial session.
55,17 Section 17. 13.20 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.20 (2) Pay ranges; duration of employment. All legislative employees shall be paid in accordance with the compensation and classification plan for employees in the classified civil service within ranges approved by the joint committee on legislative organization. The director of the office of state employment relations administrator of the division of personnel management in the department of administration shall make recommendations concerning a compensation and classification schedule for legislative employees if requested to do so by the joint committee on legislative organization or by the committee on organization of either house. If the joint committee does not approve pay ranges for legislative employees, the committee on organization of either house may approve pay ranges for its employees. Appointments shall be made for the legislative session, unless earlier terminated by the appointing officer.
55,29 Section 29. 13.48 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (3) State building trust fund. In the interest of the continuity of the program, the moneys appropriated to the state building trust fund under s. 20.867 (2) (f) shall be retained as a nonlapsing building depreciation reserve. Such moneys shall be deposited into the state building trust fund. At such times as the building commission directs, or in emergency situations under s. 16.855 (16) (b), the governor shall authorize releases from this fund to become available for projects and shall direct the department of administration to allocate from this fund such amounts as are approved for these projects. In issuing such directions, the building commission shall consider the cash balance in the state building trust fund, the necessity and urgency of the proposed improvement, employment conditions and availability of materials in the locality in which the improvement is to be made. The building commission may authorize any project costing $760,000 or less in accordance with priorities to be established by the building commission and may adjust the priorities by deleting, substituting or adding new projects as needed to reflect changing program needs and unforeseen circumstances. The building commission may enter into contracts for the construction of buildings for any state agency, except a project authorized under sub. (10) (c) or (e), and shall be responsible for accounting for all funds released to projects. The building commission may designate the department of administration or the agency for which the project is constructed to act as its representative in such accounting.
55,29m Section 29m. 13.48 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (4) State agencies to report proposed projects. Whenever any state agency contemplates a project under the state building program it shall report the project to the building commission. The report shall be made on such date and in such manner as the building commission prescribes. This subsection does not apply to projects identified in sub. (10) (c) and (e).
55,35m Section 35m. 13.48 (10) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (10) (a) Except as provided in par. pars. (c) and (e), no state board, agency, officer, department, commission, or body corporate may enter into a contract for the construction, reconstruction, remodeling of, or addition to any building, structure, or facility, in connection with any building project which involves a cost in excess of $185,000 without completion of final plans and arrangement for supervision of construction and prior approval by the building commission. This section applies to the department of transportation only in respect to buildings, structures, and facilities to be used for administrative or operating functions, including buildings, land, and equipment to be used for the motor vehicle emission inspection and maintenance program under s. 110.20.
55,40m Section 40m. 13.48 (10) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (10) (c) Paragraph (a) does not apply to any contract for a building project involving a cost of less than $500,000 to be constructed for the University of Wisconsin System that is funded entirely from the proceeds of gifts and grants made to the system UW gifts and grants project, as defined in s. 16.855 (1g) (f), that the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System lets through single prime contracting under s. 16.855 (12m).
55,41m Section 41m. 13.48 (10) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
13.48 (10) (e) Paragraph (a) does not apply to any contract for an eligible energy conservation project approved by the president of the University of Wisconsin System under s. 36.11 (26m) (b).
55,42m Section 42m. 13.48 (12) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (12) (b) 1. A facility constructed by or for corporations a business entity having condemnation authority under s. 32.02 (3) to (10) and (13) for purposes for which the corporation it would have condemnation authority.
55,44b Section 44b. 13.48 (13) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (13) (a) Except as provided in par. (b) or (c) to (d), every building, structure or facility that is constructed for the benefit of or use of the state, any state agency, board, commission or department, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority, the Fox River Navigational System Authority, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or any local professional baseball park district created under subch. III of ch. 229 if the construction is undertaken by the department of administration on behalf of the district, shall be in compliance with all applicable state laws, rules, codes and regulations but the construction is not subject to the ordinances or regulations of the municipality in which the construction takes place except zoning, including without limitation because of enumeration ordinances or regulations relating to materials used, permits, supervision of construction or installation, payment of permit fees, or other restrictions.
55,44m Section 44m. 13.48 (13) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
13.48 (13) (d) The structure or facility that is to be constructed for the benefit, or use, of the state and that was first enumerated under the 2007-09 building program and last modified under the 2013-15 building program as State Transportation Building replacement — Madison is not subject to any zoning ordinance or regulation of any city, village, or town.
55,47b Section 47b. 13.48 (19) of the statutes is renumbered 13.48 (19) (a) and amended to read:
13.48 (19) (a) Whenever the building commission determines that the use of innovative types of design and construction processes will make better use of the resources and technology available in the building industry, the building commission may waive any or all of s. 16.855, except s. 16.855 (13) and (14m) (a) to (c), if such the action is in the best interest of the state and if the waiver is accomplished through formal action of the building commission. The building commission may authorize the lease, lease purchase or acquisition of such facilities constructed in the manner authorized is approved by the building commission.
(b) Subject to the requirements of s. 20.924 (1) (i), the building commission may also authorize the lease , or lease purchase or acquisition of existing facilities in lieu of state construction of any project enumerated in the authorized state building program.
55,53 Section 53. 13.48 (26) of the statutes is amended to read:
13.48 (26) Environmental improvement annual finance plan approval. The building commission shall review the versions of the biennial finance plan and any amendments to the biennial finance plan submitted to it by the department of natural resources and the department of administration under s. 281.59 (3) (bm) and the recommendations of the joint committee on finance and the standing committees to which the versions of the biennial finance plan and any amendments were submitted under s. 281.59 (3) (bm). The building commission shall consider the extent to which that version of the biennial finance plan that is updated to reflect the adopted biennial budget act will maintain the funding for the clean water fund program and the safe drinking water loan program, in the environmental improvement fund, in perpetuity. The building commission shall consider the extent to which the implementation of the clean water fund program, the safe drinking water loan program and the land recycling loan program, as set forth in the biennial finance plan updated to reflect the adopted biennial budget act, implements legislative intent on the clean water fund program, the safe drinking water loan program and the land recycling loan program. The building commission shall, no later than 60 days after the date of enactment of the biennial budget act, either approve or disapprove the biennial finance plan that is updated to reflect the adopted biennial budget act, except that the building commission may not disapprove those amounts that the legislature approves under s. 281.59 (3e) (a), (3m) (a) and (3s) (a). If the building commission disapproves the version of the biennial finance plan that is updated to reflect the adopted biennial budget act, it must notify the department of natural resources and the department of administration of its reasons for disapproving the plan, and those departments must revise that version of the biennial finance plan and submit the revision to the building commission.
55,54m Section 54m. 13.48 (28m) of the statutes is created to read:
13.48 (28m) Carroll University. (a) The legislature finds and determines that there is a growing shortage of primary medical care workers in this state, particularly for medically underserved populations in rural and urban areas of the state, and that assisting institutions of higher education in training primary medical care workers is a statewide responsibility of statewide dimension. It is therefore in the public interest, and it is the public policy of this state, to assist Carroll University in the construction of a science laboratory facility.
(b) The building commission may authorize up to $3,000,000 in general fund supported borrowing to assist Carroll University in the construction of a science laboratory facility. The state funding commitment shall be in the form of a grant to Carroll University. Before approving any state funding commitment for construction of such a facility, the building commission shall determine that Carroll University has secured additional funding for the project of at least $23,500,000 from nonstate revenue sources.
(c) If the building commission authorizes a grant to Carroll University under par. (b), and if, for any reason, the facility that is constructed with funds from the grant is not used as a science laboratory facility, the state shall retain an ownership interest in the facility equal to the amount of the state's grant.
55,54n Section 54n. 13.48 (28p) of the statutes is created to read:
13.48 (28p) Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc. (a) The legislature finds and determines that providing education, programming, and access to arts and culture vastly enriches the lives of the citizens of this state and is a statewide responsibility of statewide dimension. It is therefore in the public interest, and it is the public policy of this state, to assist Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc., in the construction of a regional arts center in Eau Claire County.
(b) The building commission may authorize up to $15,000,000 in general fund supported borrowing to assist Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc., in the construction of a regional arts center in Eau Claire County. The state funding commitment shall be in the form of a grant to Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc. Before approving any state funding commitment for construction of such a center, the building commission shall determine that Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc., has secured additional funding for the project from nonstate revenue sources at least equal to the state's grant.
(c) If the building commission authorizes a grant to the Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc., under par. (b), and if, for any reason, the center that is constructed with funds from the grant is not used as a regional arts center, the state shall retain an ownership interest in the center equal to the amount of the state's grant.
55,54o Section 54o. 13.48 (28r) of the statutes is created to read:
13.48 (28r) Wisconsin Agriculture Education Center, Inc. (a) The legislature finds and determines that educating the citizens of this state on where our food comes from and its impact on our lives, and that promoting the dairy and agriculture industries of this state is a statewide responsibility of statewide dimension. It is therefore in the public interest, and it is the public policy of this state, to assist the Wisconsin Agriculture Education Center, Inc., in the construction of an agriculture education center in Manitowoc County.
(b) The building commission may authorize up to $5,000,000 in general fund supported borrowing to assist the Wisconsin Agriculture Education Center, Inc., in the construction of an agriculture education center in Manitowoc County. The state funding commitment shall be in the form of a grant to the Wisconsin Agriculture Education Center, Inc. Before approving any state funding commitment for construction of such a center, the building commission shall determine that the Wisconsin Agriculture Education Center, Inc., has secured additional funding for the project of at least $6,626,800 from nonstate revenue sources.
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