2. “Occupational license” means any of the following:
a. A license, permit, certification, registration, or other approval granted under 12
section 167.10 (6m) or chapters 101, 145, or 440 to 480 of the statutes.
b. A license, permit, certification, registration, or other approval not included 14
under subdivision 2. a. if granted to a person by this state in order that the person 15
may engage in a profession, occupation, or trade in this state or in order that the 16
person may use one or more titles in association with his or her profession, 17
occupation, or trade.
No later than December 31, 2018, the department shall submit a 19
report to the governor and the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for 20
distribution to the legislature under section 13.172 (2) of the statutes. The report 21
shall include the department's recommendations for the elimination of occupational 22
licenses based on all of the following:
1. The department's evaluation of whether the unregulated practice of the 24
profession, occupation, or trade can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety, or
welfare of the public, and whether the potential for the harm is recognizable and not 2
remote or speculative.
2. The department's evaluation of whether the public reasonably benefits from 4
the occupational license requirement.
3. The department's evaluation of whether the public can be effectively 6
protected by any means other than requiring an occupational license.
4. The department's analysis of whether licensure requirements for the 8
regulated profession, occupation, or trade exist in other states.
5. The department's estimate of the number of individuals or entities that are 10
affected by the occupational license requirement.
6. The department's estimate of the total financial burden imposed on 12
individuals or entities as a result of the occupational licensure requirement, 13
including education or training costs, examination fees, private credential fees, 14
occupational license fees imposed by the state, and other costs individuals or entities 15
incur in order to obtain the required occupational license.
7. Any statement or analysis provided by the agency or board administering 17
the occupational license.
8. The department's evaluation of the tangible or intangible barriers people 19
may face in obtaining an occupational license.
Nonstatutory provisions; Secretary of State.
Nonstatutory provisions; State Fair Park Board.
23(5f) Decisions of labor and industry review commission.
The chief justice of 24
the supreme court is requested to do all of the following:
Conduct a survey of decisions and orders of the labor and industry review 2
commission under chapters 102 and 108 and sections 106.52 (4), 106.56 (4), and 3
111.39 of the statutes, citing the statutes interpreted by the commission and whether 4
the decisions and orders were the subjects of actions for judicial review filed in circuit 5
Submit a report of the survey's findings to the governor and to the joint 7
committee on finance by July 1, 2018.
Nonstatutory provisions; Technical College System.
(1) Financial management position transfer.
On the effective date of this paragraph, 1.0 FTE position 12
and the incumbent employee holding the position in the department of tourism who 13
performs duties relating to financial management, as determined by the secretary 14
of administration, is transferred to the department of administration.
(b) Employee status.
The employee transferred under paragraph (a
) has all the 16
rights and the same status under chapter 230 of the statutes in the department of 17
administration that he or she enjoyed in the department of tourism immediately 18
before the transfer. Notwithstanding section 230.28 (4) of the statutes, no employee 19
so transferred who has attained permanent status in class is required to serve a 20
21(2t) Marketing campaign for the city of Pittsville.
From the appropriation 22
under section 20.380 (1) (b) of the statutes, in fiscal year 2017-18, the department 23
of tourism shall award a grant of $7,500 to the city of Pittsville for, as determined by 24
the city, signage and a landmark to market the city of Pittsville as the geographical 25
center of Wisconsin.
Improvement of property used for ski jumping competitions.
From the appropriation under section 20.380 (1) (b) of the statutes, in fiscal 3
year 2017-18, the department of tourism shall award a grant of $75,000 to Vernon 4
County for the purpose of improving structures and other property in Vernon County 5
that are used to facilitate a national or international ski jumping competition.
Vernon County shall distribute all of the grant moneys under paragraph (a) 7
within 2 years after its receipt of the grant moneys.
Each person receiving a distribution of grant moneys from Vernon County 9
under paragraph (b) shall contribute to the improvements specified under 10
paragraph (a) an amount from nonstate revenue sources that is equal to at least 33 11
percent of the amount of the distribution the person receives.
Nonstatutory provisions; Transportation.
13(1c) Railroad crossing gates near village of Fox Crossing.
Not later than 14
January 1, 2018, the department of transportation, in consultation with the office of 15
the commissioner of railroads, shall install railroad crossing gates on Fire Lane 12, 16
south of STH 114, near the village of Fox Crossing.
17(1f) Transportation engineering and construction study
. The department of 18
transportation in consultation with the transportation projects commission shall 19
enter into an agreement with an independent engineering firm that has not 20
previously conducted business with the state for the preparation, and delivery to the 21
department and commission, of a report by no later than January 1, 2019, that does 22
all of the following:
Reviews the standards of all other states related to transportation 24
engineering and highway construction and recommends any best practices.
Analyzes the process the department of transportation uses for determining 2
project priority and assesses whether the process uses reasonable financing and 3
completion time assumptions.
Evaluates the allocation of funds to the state highway rehabilitation, major 5
highway development, and southeast Wisconsin freeway megaprojects programs.
6(1t) Elimination of positions.
(a) The department of transportation shall eliminate 100 SEG positions in 8
fiscal year 2017-18 and 100 SEG positions in fiscal year 2018-19.
(b) The department of transportation shall eliminate private management 10
consultant positions in the local assistance program as necessary to accomplish the 11
lapses required under Section
9245 (2t) of this act.
(c) No later than January 1, 2019, the department of transportation shall 13
submit a report to the joint committee on finance identifying the positions eliminated 14
under paragraphs (a) and (b) and the appropriation accounts to be reduced.
(2f) Transportation projects commission funding.
Not later than March 1, 16
2018, the transportation projects commission shall submit a request to the joint 17
committee on finance for not more than an additional 4.0 GPR-funded positions. If 18
the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the commission within 14 working 19
days after the submittal that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose 20
of reviewing the request, the commission may expend the funds. If, within 14 21
working days after the submittal, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the 22
commission that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing 23
the request, the commission may expend the funds only as approved by the 24
Construction work on sth 23.
If the cost of a construction contract related 2
to a project enumerated under section 84.013 (3) (ra) of the statutes is lower than the 3
cost projected by the department of transportation for that project, the department 4
shall reserve the first $19,400,000 of all such contract savings from all sources, 5
including state and federal moneys and the proceeds of bonds, for construction work 6
on STH 23 in the 2017-19 biennium. If the department of transportation does not 7
expend these moneys by January 1, 2019, the department may expend the moneys 8
on other major highway projects.
9(2j) Rehabilitation work on sth 23.
The department of transportation shall 10
conduct rehabilitation work on STH 23 in Sheboygan County and Fond du Lac 11
County in the 2017-19 biennium.
(3i) Airport improvement project funding.
(a) Notwithstanding section 114.34 of the statutes, in fiscal year 2017-18, from 14
the appropriation under section 20.395 (2) (dq) of the statutes, the department of 15
transportation shall award a grant of $4,000,000 to the city of Wisconsin Rapids for 16
improvements to the Alexander Field airport.
(b) Notwithstanding section 114.34 of the statutes, in fiscal year 2017-18, from 18
the appropriation under section 20.395 (2) (dq) of the statutes, the department of 19
transportation shall award a grant of $1,700,000 to the Appleton International 20
Airport for design services and construction related to making improvements 21
necessary for the airport to be an airport rescue and firefighting facility.
22(4c) Peshtigo Fire Museum directional signs
. Notwithstanding any eligibility 23
criteria or other criteria or specification under section 86.196 of the statutes, in fiscal 24
year 2017-18, the department of transportation shall erect 2 tourist-oriented 25
directional signs, one for each direction of travel, along USH 41 in Marinette County
for the Peshtigo Fire Museum in the town of Peshtigo. The department may not 2
charge a fee exceeding $1,000 related to signs erected under this subsection, which 3
fee shall be paid by the historical society from the appropriation account under 4
section 20.245 (1) (a) of the statutes.
5(4d) Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding harbor assistance grant
. In the 2017-18 6
fiscal year, from the appropriations under sections 20.395 (2) (cq) and 20.866 (2) (uv) 7
of the statutes, notwithstanding the eligibility criteria under section 85.095 of the 8
statutes, the department of transportation shall award a grant under section 85.095 9
(2) (a) of the statutes to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding for dredging and dockwall 10
construction. The amount of the grant awarded under this subsection shall be 11
$3,200,000 or the total cost of the project, whichever is less.
12(4w) Study of consolidation of segregated funds in local program.
(a) The department of transportation shall study the effects of consolidating 14
state moneys in the surface transportation program and replacing these funds with 15
federal moneys from the state highway program and shall report its findings to the 16
joint committee on finance no later than May 1, 2018.
(b) The department of transportation may submit a request to make transfers 18
of state and federal moneys between the surface transportation program and state 19
highway program to the joint committee on finance under section 13.10 of the 20
statutes. A request made under this paragraph shall include an estimate of the 21
potential savings or costs to local governments and the state that could be associated 22
with the request.
23(5f) Disaster damage aid payment.
Notwithstanding section 86.34 (1m) and (2) 24
of the statutes, in the 2017-18 fiscal year, from the appropriation under section
20.395 (1) (fs) of the statutes, the department of transportation shall make an aid 2
payment of $64,000 to the town of Lafayette in Chippewa County.
3(6b) Tolling implementation study.
The department of transportation shall enter into a contract under which 5
the department of transportation may expend not more than $2,500,000 from the 6
appropriation under section 20.395 (4) (aq) of the statutes for the purpose of the 7
contractor conducting a tolling implementation study that includes all of the 8
1. An analysis to support the completion of the federal tolling application 10
2. A tolling concepts of operation plan that outlines the policies, procedures, 12
and operations needed to govern roadway tolling.
3. A traffic and revenue analysis including the revenue needed to support toll 14
4. An evaluation or reevaluation of federal environmental requirements, 16
including required documentation.
(b) No later than January 1, 2019, the contractor conducting the study under 18
paragraph (a) shall report its findings to the department of transportation and the 19
legislature under section 13.172 (2) of the statutes.
20(7m) Reimbursement to village of Rib Lake.
In the 2017-18 fiscal year, from 21
the appropriation under section 20.395 (2) (js) of the statutes, the department of 22
transportation shall provide $20,000 to the village of Rib Lake in Taylor County to 23
reimburse the village for costs incurred in the design of a safe routes to school project.
24(8m) Traffic control signals in city of Greenfield.
The department of 25
transportation shall study the potential installation of traffic control signals at the
intersection of Layton Avenue and 124th Street near the entrance and exit to I 43 in 2
the city of Greenfield in Milwaukee County. The department of transportation shall 3
report its findings to the senate and assembly standing committees having 4
jurisdiction over transportation matters no later than June 30, 2018.
(10c) State highway 154 rehabilitation.
In the 2017-19 fiscal biennium, the 6
department of transportation shall complete the rehabilitation project on STH 154 7
in Sauk County between the village of Loganville and the Richland County-Sauk 8
County border. The project shall include milling, overlay, and safety improvements 9
to existing facilities.
10(10d) Prohibiting funding of north leg of Zoo interchange project.
Notwithstanding section 84.0145 (3) (b) of the statutes, in the 2017-19 fiscal 12
biennium, the department of transportation may not provide funding from any 13
source, including state and federal moneys, the proceeds of bonds, or savings realized 14
from project costs that are lower than the costs projected by the department of 15
transportation, for the north leg of the Zoo interchange project between Swan 16
Boulevard and Burleigh Street in Milwaukee County.
Nonstatutory provisions; University of Wisconsin
19Hospitals and Clinics Authority; Medical College of Wisconsin.
Nonstatutory provisions; University of Wisconsin
22(2) University of Wisconsin Flexible Option programs.
The Board of Regents 23
of the University of Wisconsin System shall ensure that, no later than December 1, 24
2019, the total number of accredited competency-based degree and certificate 25
programs offered under the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option platform is
increased by at least 25 percent over the total number of such programs that are 2
offered on the effective date of this subsection.
3(2p) Teacher residency program.
No later than December 1, 2019, the Board 4
of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System shall ensure that at least one school 5
of education within the University of Wisconsin System has partnered with a school 6
district to develop a teacher residency program.
(2q) Annual financial audit of the University of Wisconsin System.
In this subsection:
1. “Board" has the meaning given in section 36.05 (2) of the statutes.
2. “System" has the meaning given in section 36.05 (12) of the statutes.
(b) No financial audit by legislative audit bureau.
Notwithstanding section 12
13.94 (1) (t) of the statutes, the legislative audit bureau shall not conduct a financial 13
audit of the system for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years.
(c) Contract for financial audit.
The board shall contract with an independent 15
accounting firm licensed under chapter 442 of the statutes for purposes of conducting 16
an annual financial audit of the system for fiscal year 2017-18 and fiscal year 17
2018-19. This accounting firm shall report to the board and shall provide all of the 18
following to the board, the governor, the joint legislative audit committee, and the 19
joint committee on finance:
1. The audited financial statements.
2. Performance improvement observations.
3. A management letter complete with internal control deficiencies and audit 23
(d) Legislative audit bureau assistance.
The accounting firm with which the 25
board contracts under paragraph (c) may use the legislative audit bureau to assist
in conducting the audit to the extent the work relied upon does not modify the audit 2
opinion with the exception of accepting the prior year's unqualified opinion.
3(3t) Resident undergraduate tuition.
Notwithstanding section 36.27 (1) (a) 4
of the statutes,the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System may not 5
charge resident undergraduates enrolled in an institution or college campus in the 6
2017-18 or 2018-19 academic year more in academic fees than it charged resident 7
undergraduates enrolled in that institution or college campus in the 2016-17 8
Nonstatutory provisions; Veterans Affairs.
10(1e) Crisis intervention services demonstration program.
From the 11
appropriation under section 20.485 (2) (u) of the statutes, the department of veterans 12
affairs shall allocate $60,000 each fiscal year of the 2017-19 fiscal biennium for a 13
crisis intervention services demonstration program administered by the 14
15(1f) Veterans trust fund report.
No later than January 1, 2018, the 16
department of veterans affairs shall submit a report to the joint committee on finance 17
that includes all of the following:
A description and analysis of the department's administrative costs 19
supported by the veterans trust fund.
A description and analysis of the department's administrative costs 21
supported by revenue generated from Wisconsin veterans homes.
The department's proposals for changes to the department's programs, 23
administrative structure, or position levels and salaries to increase efficiency or 24
lower administrative costs.
The following proposals:
A proposed long-term plan to maintain the solvency of the veterans trust 2
fund that includes the use of transfers from appropriations for Wisconsin veterans 3
A proposed long-term plan to maintain the solvency of the veterans trust 5
fund that does not include the use of transfers from appropriations for Wisconsin 6
7(1g) Response to audit.
The department of veterans affairs shall do all of the 8
following to implement the recommendations contained in the legislative audit 9
bureau's Report 17-8 relating to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King:
Promulgate rules amending chapter VA 6 of the Wisconsin Administrative 11
Code to establish a formula for calculating private pay rates for nursing home and 12
assisted living care at Wisconsin veterans homes and that clearly define rate-setting 13
terms, including “costs of care” under section VA 6.01 (16) of the Wisconsin 14
Administrative Code. The department shall present the statement of scope of the 15
rules required under this paragraph to the governor for approval under section 16
227.135 (2) of the statutes no later than July 1, 2018.
No later than July 1, 2018, submit a report to the joint committee on finance 18
and the joint legislative audit committee that includes all of the following: