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January 2018 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 26, 2018 - Introduced by Committee on Senate Organization, Senators
Kapenga, Craig, Darling, LeMahieu, Marklein, Nass, Stroebel, Vukmir and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Vos, Krug, Felzkowski,
Thiesfeldt, Sanfelippo, Tusler, Petersen, Duchow, Petryk, Kuglitsch,
Tittl, Horlacher, Knodl, Brandtjen, Murphy, Spiros, Wichgers, Neylon,
Bernier, Kleefisch, Rohrkaste, Katsma, Born, Kremer and Swearingen, by
request of Governor Scott Walker. Referred to Committee on Public Benefits,
Licensing and State-Federal Relations.
SB1,1,2 1An Act to create 49.79 (9) (a) 1m. of the statutes; relating to: required hours
2of participation in the FoodShare employment and training program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to set required hours of
participation in the FoodShare employment and training program, known as FSET,
to coincide with the maximum allowed by the federal government. FoodShare is also
known as the food stamp program and the federal Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program and is administered by DHS. An able-bodied adult is 18 years
of age or older but younger than 50 years of age, not pregnant, not exempt from a
work requirement under federal regulations, and not determined to be medically
certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment. Currently, able-bodied
adults without dependents are required to comply with certain work requirements
as a condition of FoodShare eligibility, though the FSET program is voluntary. The
biennial budget act, 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, specified that DHS may require
able-bodied adults to participate in FSET and allowed DHS to require a subset of,
instead of all, able individuals who are 18 to 60 years of age and who are not
Wisconsin Works participants to participate in FSET, to the extent allowed by the
federal government. Able-bodied adults who are caretakers of a child under the age
of six and able-bodied adults who are at least half-time students are exempt from
FSET requirements.
The bill requires DHS to set any required hours of participation in FSET for
able-bodied adults without dependents at the maximum hours allowed by the
federal government if able-bodied adults without dependents are required to

participate in FSET. If DHS does this, it shall also set the required hours of
participation in FSET at the maximum hours allowed by the federal government for
able-bodied adults with dependents.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB1,1 1Section 1. 49.79 (9) (a) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
SB1,2,102 49.79 (9) (a) 1m. If able-bodied adults without dependents are required to
3participate in the employment and training program under this subsection, the
4department shall set the required number of hours of participation at the maximum
5number of hours allowed by the federal government. If the department sets the
6required number of hours of participation in an employment and training program
7for able-bodied adults without dependents at the maximum hours allowed by the
8federal government, the department shall set the same number of required hours of
9participation in an employment and training program for able-bodied adults with
10dependents, except as provided in subds. 2. and 3.
SB1,2,1111 (End)
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