2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2016 - Introduced by Senators Vinehout,
Lassa, Ringhand, Risser,
Miller, Wirch and Carpenter, cosponsored by Representatives Barca,
Berceau, Pope, Milroy, Hebl, Hintz, Zamarripa, Hesselbein, Spreitzer,
Wachs, Danou, Ohnstad, Considine, Subeck, Bowen, Sargent, Goyke,
Mason, Kolste, Kahl, Barnes, Meyers and Young. Referred to Committee on
Universities and Technical Colleges.
1An Act to create
15.917 (2) and 36.25 (55) of the statutes; relating to:
2establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents
to maintain a nanotechnology information hub (hub) in the UW-Extension, for at
least five years, to promote the development of nanotechnology businesses in this
state, and gather and disseminate information about environmental health and
workplace safety related to nanotechnology. The bill sets forth specific duties for the
hub, including requiring the hub to report to the legislature on emerging
nanotechnology health and safety information. The bill also requires the hub, at the
direction of the nanotechnology council described below, to identify needed
legislation relating to nanotechnology safety and development.
The bill creates a nanotechnology council to set policies and priorities for the
hub and to make grants for research and development related to nanotechnology,
subject to the availability of funding. The bill does not appropriate any funds for
grants but rather directs the hub to seek and compete for federal, state, or other
funding to support its activities and to be used by the nanotechnology council to make
grants. The nanotechnology council consists of the following members (or their
designees): the director of the state laboratory of hygiene; the secretary of natural
resources; the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection; the secretary
of health services; the secretary of workforce development; the chief executive officer
of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; the administrator of the
Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs; the
president of the UW System; the president of the technical college system board; and
the president of the board of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The council also has
five members each of whom represents one of the following interests: environmental
interests; consumer protection; public health; economic development; and
technology transfer. These five members are nominated by the governor, selected
from a list of names submitted by organizations representing the relevant interest.
These members are confirmed by the senate and serve staggered three-year terms.
The bill requires the nanotechnology council to meet at least twice each year
and must develop and implement plans for the nanotechnology information hub to
sustain its own funding.
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:
15.917 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
15.917 (2) Nanotechnology council.
There is created in the University of 3
Wisconsin System a nanotechnology council consisting of the following members:
(a) The director of the state laboratory of hygiene or his or her designee.
(b) The secretary of natural resources or his or her designee.
(c) The secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection or his or her 7
(d) The secretary of health services or his or her designee.
(e) The secretary of workforce development or his or her designee.
(f) The chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development 11
Corporation or his or her designee.
(g) The administrator of the division of emergency management in the 13
department of military affairs or his or her designee.
(h) The president of the University of Wisconsin System or his or her designee.
(i) The president of the technical college system board or his or her designee.
(j) The president of the board of the Wisconsin Technology Council or his or her 2
(k) Five members nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent 4
of the senate appointed to serve 3-year terms, as follows:
1. A member representing environmental interests, selected from a list of 6
names submitted by environmental organizations.
2. A member representing consumer interests, selected from a list of names 8
submitted by consumer protection organizations.
3. A member representing the interests of public health, selected from a list of 10
names submitted by public health organizations.
4. A member with knowledge and expertise in economic development, selected 12
from a list of names submitted by economic development organizations.
5. A member representing an organization that specializes in technology 14
transfer, selected from a list of names submitted by organizations that specialize in 15
36.25 (55) of the statutes is created to read:
36.25 (55) Nanotechnology information hub and nanotechnology council. 18
(a) The board shall maintain in the extension a nanotechnology information hub to 19
promote the development of nanotechnology businesses and gather and disseminate 20
information about environmental health and workplace safety related to 21
nanotechnology. The board shall maintain the nanotechnology information hub for 22
at least 5 years.
(b) The nanotechnology information hub shall do all of the following to foster 24
communication and cooperation between the public and private sectors on matters 25
related to nanotechnology:
1. Facilitate the sharing of specialized equipment and skills related to 2
2. Arrange for periodic events to bring together people interested in 4
3. Establish an interactive Internet platform for receiving and disseminating 6
information on nanotechnology.
4. Monitor, compile, and disseminate emerging scientific research on nanoscale 8
material uses, benefits, and risks.
(c) The nanotechnology information hub shall do all of the following to assist 10
in the development of the nanotechnology industry in this state:
1. Help businesses to identify and access resources to help them to comply with 12
rules and regulations related to nanotechnology, implement best practices for 13
handling nanoscale materials to protect worker safety, and otherwise minimize the 14
risks associated with the use of nanoscale materials in products.
2. Inform businesses that are involved in nanotechnology or that use nanoscale 16
materials in products about business development assistance programs.
3. Inform the public and businesses that are involved in nanotechnology about 18
postsecondary education programs that prepare workers for careers related to 19
4. Monitor and provide information on new and proposed state rules and 21
federal regulations related to nanotechnology.
(d) The nanotechnology information hub shall do all of the following to promote 23
environmental health, research, and workplace safety related to nanotechnology:
1. Inform interested parties about opportunities for federal, state, or other 25
funding for nanotechnology research or other programs related to nanotechnology.
2. Inform the public about the benefits and risks of specific types of nanoscale 2
materials and products containing nanoscale materials.
3. Inform emergency response personnel about the safe handling of nanoscale 4
materials in emergency situations.
4. Collect information voluntarily provided by public and private sector entities 6
in this state about the types and amounts of nanoscale materials being handled or 7
manufactured and the locations of those activities.
5. Undertake other educational, public outreach, and grant activities related 9
6. Report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 11
13.172 (3) on emerging nanotechnology health and safety information and, at the 12
direction of the nanotechnology council, identify needed legislation relating to 13
nanotechnology safety and development.