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LRB-1695/1
ARG:jld:rs
2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
March 5, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Ripp, Ballweg, E. Brooks, Hutton,
Kremer, Murphy, A. Ott, Murtha and Subeck, cosponsored by Senators
Olsen, Cowles, Darling, C. Larson and Risser. Referred to Committee on
State Affairs and Government Operations.
AB74,1,3 1An Act to amend 343.61 (2) (a) 3., 343.61 (2) (am), 343.61 (4) (b) and 343.62 (4)
2(b) of the statutes; relating to: online instruction provided by driver schools
3licensed by the Department of Transportation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Transportation (DOT) licenses schools
that give instruction, for compensation, in the operation of motor vehicles (driver
schools). In an application for a driver school license, the applicant must identify all
driver school office and driver school classroom locations. DOT may promulgate
rules relating to driver schools and these rules currently include provisions relating
to driver school classrooms. By statute, a driver school classroom is a facility that
is approved by DOT and used to conduct driver training.
Under this bill, a driver school may provide driver training instruction by
means of the Internet instead of, or in addition to, providing instruction at a driver
school classroom.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB74,1 4Section 1. 343.61 (2) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB74,2,3
1343.61 (2) (a) 3. Identification of all driver school office locations and
2identification of all driver school classroom locations and, if instruction is to be
3provided by means of the Internet, a statement to this effect
.
AB74,2 4Section 2. 343.61 (2) (am) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB74,2,105 343.61 (2) (am) A driver school may provide to the department a written
6certification that the driver school has complied with all applicable driver school
7office and driver school classroom requirements imposed under this subchapter or
8under any rule promulgated by the department under this subchapter. For purposes
9of this paragraph, classroom instruction includes instruction provided by means of
10the Internet if the driver school provides instruction by means of the Internet.
AB74,3 11Section 3. 343.61 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB74,2,2012 343.61 (4) (b) The location of each driver school office shall be identified in the
13license. Except as provided by the department by rule, no licensee may establish any
14driver school office within 1,500 feet of a department office where operator's licenses
15are issued, nor within 1,500 feet of any headquarters where official driving skills
16tests are given. Any change in address of any driver school office or driver school
17classroom must be reported to and approved by the department. A driver school may
18maintain driver school classrooms at locations other than the driver school office.
19A driver school may provide driver training instruction by means of the Internet
20instead of, or in addition to, providing instruction at a driver school classroom.
AB74,4 21Section 4. 343.62 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB74,3,722 343.62 (4) (b) Notwithstanding par. (a), the department may issue an original
23instructor's license that is restricted to classroom instruction to an applicant who
24does not otherwise qualify for a license because the applicant does not meet the
25requirements specified in par. (a) 2., 3., or 5. The department may not issue an

1instructor's license that is restricted to classroom instruction under this paragraph
2unless the applicant satisfies standards established by the department by rule
3relating to the ability of the applicant to communicate clearly and concisely and to
4control the classroom environment and behavior and establishing any further
5certification required by the department. For purposes of this paragraph and par.
6(c), classroom instruction includes instruction provided by means of the Internet if
7the driver school provides instruction by means of the Internet.
AB74,3,88 (End)
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