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(a) A requirement that the system and each institution and college campus review commercially available information technology products prior to initiating work on a customized information technology development project to determine whether any commercially available product could meet the information technology needs of the system, institution, or college campus.
(b) Procedures and criteria to determine when a commercially available information technology product must be used and when the system or an institution or college campus may consider the modification or creation of a customized information technology product.
(c) A requirement that the system and each institution and college campus submit for approval by the board and prior to initiating work on a customized information technology product a justification for the modification or creation by the system, institution, or college campus of a customized information technology product.
(4) Master leases. (a) In this subsection, "master lease" has the meaning given under s. 16.76 (4).
(b) Annually, no later than October 1, the Board of Regents shall submit to the governor and the members of the joint committee on information policy and technology a report documenting the use by the system and each institution and college campus of master leases to fund information technology projects in the previous fiscal year. The report shall contain all of the following information:
1. The total amount paid under master leases towards information technology projects in the previous fiscal year.
2. The master lease payment amounts approved to be applied to information technology projects in future years.
3. The total amount paid by the system and each institution and college campus on each information technology project for which debt is outstanding, as compared to the total financing amount originally approved for that information technology project.
4. A summary of repayments made towards any master lease in the previous fiscal year.
(5) High-cost projects. (a) Except as provided in par. (b), the Board of Regents shall include in each contract with a vendor of information technology that involves a large, high-risk information technology project under sub. (2) or that has a projected cost greater than $1,000,000, and require the system and each institution and college campus that enters into a contract for materials, supplies, equipment, or contractual services relating to information technology to include in each contract with a vendor of information technology that involves a large, high-risk information technology project under sub. (2) or that has a projected cost greater than $1,000,000 a stipulation requiring the vendor to submit to the board for approval any order or amendment that would change the scope of the contract and have the effect of increasing the contract price. The stipulation shall authorize the board to review the original contract and the order or amendment to determine all of the following and, if necessary, to negotiate with the vendor regarding any change to the original contract price:
1. Whether the work proposed in the order or amendment is within the scope of the original contract.
2. Whether the work proposed in the order or amendment is necessary.
(b) The Board of Regents may exclude from a contract described in par. (a) the stipulation required under par. (a) if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
1. Including such a stipulation would negatively impact contract negotiations or significantly reduce the number of bidders on the contract.
2. If the exclusion is sought by the system or an institution or college campus, the system or that institution or college campus submits to the board a plain-language explanation of the reasons the stipulation was excluded and the alternative provisions the system, institution, or college campus will include in the contract to ensure that the contract will be completed on time and within the contract budget.
3. The board submits for approval by the joint committee on information policy and technology any explanation and alternative contract provisions required under subd. 2. If, within 14 working days after the date that the board submits any explanation and alternative contract provisions required under this subdivision, the joint committee on information policy and technology does not contact the board, the explanation and alternative contract provisions shall be deemed approved.
(6) Open-ended contracts. (a) The Board of Regents shall require the system and each institution and college campus that has entered into an open-ended contract for the development of information technology to submit to the board quarterly reports documenting the amount expended on the information technology development project. In this subsection, "open-ended contract" means a contract for information technology that includes one or both of the following:
1. Stipulations that provide that the contract vendor will deliver information technology products or services but that do not specify a maximum payment amount.
2. Stipulations that provide that the contract vendor shall be paid an hourly wage but that do not set a maximum limit on the number of hours required to complete the information technology project.
(b) Compile and annually submit to the joint committee on information technology the reports required under par. (a).
(7) Reports. No later than March 1 and September 1 of each year, the Board of Regents shall submit to the joint committee on information policy and technology a report that documents for each information technology project within the system with an actual or projected cost greater than $1,000,000 or that the board has identified as a large, high-risk information technology project under sub. (2) (a) all of the following:
(a) Original and updated project cost projections.
(b) Original and updated completion dates for the project and any stage of the project.
(c) An explanation for any variation between the original and updated costs and completion dates under pars. (a) and (b).
(d) A copy of any contract entered into by the board for the project and not provided in a previous report.
(e) All sources of funding for the project.
(f) The amount of any funding provided for the project through a master lease under s. 16.76 (4).
(g) Information about the status of the project, including any portion of the project that has been completed.
(h) Any other information about the project, or related information technology projects, requested by the joint committee on information policy and technology.
20,737 Section 737. 38.04 (21) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
38.04 (21) (intro.) Pupils attending technical colleges; board report. Annually by the 3rd Monday in February the board shall submit a report to the department of administration, department of children and families, department of public instruction, and department of workforce development, and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2). The report shall specify all of the following by school district:
20,737m Section 737m. 38.17 of the statutes is created to read:
38.17 Levy limit. (1) Definition. In this section, "debt service" includes debt service on debt issued or reissued to fund or refund outstanding municipal obligations, interest on outstanding municipal obligations, and related issuance costs and redemption premiums.
(2) Limit. Except as provided in subs. (3) and (4), no district board may levy in 2007 or 2008 more than it levied in the previous year increased by 4 percent.
(3) Adjustments. (a) 1. If a district board transfers to another governmental unit responsibility for providing any service that it provided in the preceding fiscal year, the limit otherwise applicable under sub. (2) in the current fiscal year is decreased by the cost that it would have incurred to provide that service, as determined by the department of revenue.
2. If a district board increases the services that it provides by adding responsibility for providing a service transferred to it from another governmental unit that provided the service in the previous fiscal year, the limit otherwise applicable under sub. (2) in the current fiscal year is increased by the cost of that service, as determined by the department of revenue.
(b) The limit otherwise applicable under this section does not apply to amounts levied by a district board for the payment of any general obligation debt service, including debt service on debt issued or reissued to fund or refund outstanding municipal obligations, interest on outstanding municipal obligations, or the payment of related issuance costs or redemption premiums.
(4) Referendum. (a) 1. A district board may exceed the levy limit under sub. (2) if it adopts a resolution to that effect and the resolution is approved in a referendum. The resolution shall specify the proposed amount of increase in the levy beyond the amount that is allowed under sub. (2), and shall specify whether the proposed amount of increase is for the next fiscal year only or if it will apply on an ongoing basis.
2. Except as provided in subd. 3., the district board may call a special referendum for the purpose of submitting the resolution to the electors of the district for approval or rejection.
3. A referendum to exceed the limit under sub. (2) for the 2008 levy shall be held at the spring primary or election or September primary or general election in 2008.
(b) The district board shall publish type A, B, C, D, and E notices of the referendum under s. 10.01 (2). Section 5.01 (1) applies in the event of failure to comply with the notice requirements of this paragraph.
(c) The referendum shall be held in accordance with chs. 5 to 12. The district board shall provide the election officials with all necessary election supplies. The form of the ballot shall correspond substantially with the standard form for referendum ballots prescribed by the elections board under ss. 5.64 (2) and 7.08 (1) (a). The question shall be submitted as follows: "Under state law, the percentage increase in the levy of the .... (name of district) for the .... (next) fiscal year is limited to .... percent, resulting in a levy of $..... Shall the .... (name of district) be allowed to exceed this limit such that the percentage increase for the .... (next) fiscal year will be .... percent, resulting in a levy of $....?"
(d) Within 14 days after the referendum, the district board shall certify the results of the referendum to the department of revenue. The limit otherwise applicable to the district under sub. (2) is increased for the next fiscal year by the amount approved by a majority of those voting on the question. If the resolution specifies that the increase is for one year only, the amount of the increase shall be subtracted from the base used to calculate the limit for the 2nd succeeding fiscal year.
(5) Penalty. The department of revenue shall notify the board of any amount levied by a district board that exceeds the district's limit under this section. The board shall reduce the district's state aid under s. 38.28 in the same fiscal year in which the excess levy occurred by an amount equal to the amount of the excess levy. The amount of the reduction shall lapse to the general fund.
20,737r Section 737r. 38.17 of the statutes, as created by 2007 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is repealed.
20,738mr Section 738mr. 38.24 (7) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
38.24 (7) (b) 2. An Except as provided in subd. 2m., an unremarried surviving spouse of an eligible veteran. The remission under this subdivision applies only during the first 10 years after the veteran died.
20,738mw Section 738mw. 38.24 (7) (b) 2m. of the statutes is created to read:
38.24 (7) (b) 2m. An unremarried surviving spouse of an eligible veteran who had a child with the eligible veteran. The remission under this subdivision applies only until 10 years after the youngest child that the spouse had with the eligible veteran reaches or would have reached 18 years of age, or during the first 10 years after the veteran died, whichever is longer.
20,739 Section 739. 38.24 (7) (b) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
38.24 (7) (b) 3. A child of an eligible veteran, if the child is at least 18 17 but not yet 26 years of age and is a full-time student at a technical college.
20,740 Section 740. 38.24 (7) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
38.24 (7) (c) The higher educational aids board shall reimburse the district board for all fees under sub. (1m) (a) to (c) remitted under par. (b) as provided in s. 39.50 (2) and (3m).
20,741 Section 741. 38.24 (8) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
38.24 (8) (c) The higher educational aids board shall reimburse the district board for all fees under sub. (1m) (a) to (c) remitted under par. (b) as provided in s. 39.50 (2) and (3m).
20,743m Section 743m. 38.41 (2) and (3) of the statutes are created to read:
38.41 (2) (a) The board may award a grant of up to $20,000 to a district board to provide skills training or other education to a business if all of the following apply:
1. The business is located in this state and satisfies any of the following criteria:
a. The business has no more than 100 employees.
b. The business had no more than $10,000,000 in gross annual income in its most recent fiscal year.
2. The district board agrees in writing to use the grant only to provide skills training or other education related to the needs of the business to current or prospective employees of the business.
3. The business agrees in writing to comply with par. (b).
4. The business and the district board submit a plan to the board detailing the proposed use of the grant, and the board approves the plan.
5. The business and the district board enter into a written agreement with the board that specifies the conditions for the use of the grant, including reporting and auditing requirements.
6. The business and the district board agree in writing to submit to the board the report required under par. (c) by the time required under par. (c).
7. The business provides matching funds at least equal to the amount of the grant. The board may waive the requirement under this subdivision if the board determines that the business is subject to extreme financial hardship.
(b) A grant under this subsection may not be used for any of the following:
1. To pay more than 80 percent of the cost of any skills training or other education related to a business that is provided to the owner of the business, the owner's spouse, or a child of the owner.
2. To pay wages or compensate for lost revenue, if any, in connection with providing the training or other education, or otherwise.
(c) A district board that receives a grant under this subsection shall submit to the board, within 6 months after the grant has been fully depleted, a report prepared jointly with the business detailing how the grant was used.
(3) (a) The board shall award grants under this section from the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (eh).
(b) The board may award no more than $1,500,000 in the 2007-08 fiscal year, and no more than $2,000,000 in any fiscal year thereafter, under sub. (1).
(c) The board may award no more than $500,000 in the 2007-08 fiscal year, and no more than $1,000,000 in any fiscal year thereafter, under sub. (2).
20,743s Section 743s. 39.12 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
39.12 (5) Any corporation established under this section shall be organized so that contributions to it will be deductible from adjusted gross income under section 170 of the internal revenue code and so that the corporation will be exempt from taxation under section 501 of the internal revenue code and ss. 71.26 (1) (a) and 71.45 (1) (a).
20,745 Section 745. 39.435 (7) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
39.435 (7) (a) 1. For purposes of calculating the amount to be appropriated under s. 20.235 (1) (fe) for fiscal year 2007-08 2009-10, "base amount" means the amount shown in the schedule under s. 20.005 for that appropriation for fiscal year 2006-07 2008-09.
20,746 Section 746. 39.435 (7) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
39.435 (7) (a) 2. For purposes of calculating the amount to be appropriated under s. 20.235 (1) (fe) for each fiscal year after fiscal year 2007-08 2009-10, "base amount" means the appropriation amount calculated under par. (b) for the previous fiscal year.
20,747 Section 747. 39.435 (7) (b) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
39.435 (7) (b) (intro.) Biennially, beginning on February 1, 2007 2009, the board shall calculate the amounts to be appropriated under s. 20.235 (1) (fe) for the next biennium as follows:
20,748 Section 748. 39.437 of the statutes is created to read:
39.437 Wisconsin covenant scholars grants. (1) Establishment of grant program. There is established, to be administered by the board, a Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Program to provide grants to students who meet the eligibility criteria specified in sub. (2).
(2) Eligibility. (a) Except as provided in par. (b), a student is eligible for a grant under this section if the student meets all of the following criteria :
1. The student is a resident of this state and is enrolled at least half time and registered as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a public or private, nonprofit, accredited institution of higher education or in a tribally controlled college in this state.
2. The student is eligible for a Federal Pell Grant under 20 USC 1070a, the federal adjusted gross income of a parent of the student, as shown on the student's application for student financial assistance, does not exceed the income guidelines prescribed under 42 USC 1758 (b) for determining eligibility for reduced-price lunches under the federal National School Lunch Act, 42 USC 1751 to 1769i, or, if the student is an independent student, as defined in 20 USC 1087vv, the federal adjusted gross income of the student, as shown on the student's application for student financial assistance, does not exceed those income guidelines.
(b) 1. The board may not make a grant under this section to a person whose name appears on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), unless the person provides to the board a payment agreement that has been approved by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and that is consistent with rules promulgated under s. 49.858 (2) (a).
2. No student shall be eligible for a grant under this section in more than the equivalent of 10 semesters of undergraduate education.
3. No student who fails to meet acceptable academic standards prescribed by the student's institution of higher education or tribally controlled college shall be or shall remain eligible for a grant under this section.
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