(c) The department shall pay the premiums for a surviving child only until he 20
or she reaches the age of 26, unless the surviving child has insurance that is offered 21
through his or her employer.
(d) The department shall pay the premiums for the surviving spouse and 23
children of the law enforcement officer or fire fighter only after the exhaustion of any 24
credits under ss. 40.05 (4) (b) and 40.95 (1).
The department shall reimburse any political subdivision for health 2
insurance premiums paid by the political subdivision under s. 66.0137 (5) (c) 1. and 3
1m., provided the political subdivision submits the form and certification under s. 4
66.0137 (5) (c) 4. The reimbursement shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 5
20.835 (1) (db).
The department shall establish a loan program for surviving spouses of law 7
enforcement officers or fire fighters who have died in the line of duty and for 8
surviving spouses identified in s. 66.0137 (5) (c) 1. or 1m. The loan program shall 9
provide for the payment of a loan to a surviving spouse in an amount equal to the 10
salary that would have been paid his or her deceased spouse had he or she not died 11
in the line of duty. The loan shall be disbursed to coincide with the pay period that 12
applied to the deceased spouse and shall be secured by the proceeds of any life 13
insurance policy that covered the deceased spouse. Loans made for surviving 14
spouses of law enforcement officers or fire fighters shall be paid from the 15
appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (cr), and loans made for surviving spouses 16
identified in s. 66.0137 (5) (c) 1. or 1m. shall be paid from the appropriation under 17
s. 20.835 (1) (db). The repayment of loans shall be credited to the general fund as 18
general purpose revenue-earned. A loan shall come due when a surviving spouse 19
receives the proceeds from the life insurance policy that covered his or her deceased 20
spouse. No loan shall be made for any period after the proceeds of a life insurance 21
policy have been disbursed to the surviving spouse. To qualify for a loan under this 22
subsection, a surviving spouse shall do all of the following:
(a) Apply for the loan on a form prepared by the department.
(b) Provide all documentation required by the department to verify that his or 2
her spouse was a law enforcement officer or fire fighter who died in the line of duty 3
or was an individual identified in s. 66.0137 (5) (c) 1. or 1m.
(c) Provide all documentation required by the department to verify the salary 5
of the deceased spouse.
(d) Enter into an agreement with the department that any loan made under 7
this subsection shall be secured by the proceeds of a life insurance policy that covered 8
his or her deceased spouse.
20.505 (1) (cr) of the statutes is created to read:
(cr) Payment of health insurance premiums and loans for law
11enforcement officers or fire fighters who die in line of duty.
A sum sufficient to pay 12
the premiums and reimbursements and make loans for surviving spouses of law 13
enforcement officers or fire fighters under s. 16.14.
20.835 (1) (db) of the statutes is amended to read:
(db) County and municipal aid account.
A sum sufficient to make 16
payments to counties, towns, villages, and cities under s. 79.035, less the amount 17
paid from the appropriation under par. (r), and to pay the premiums and
18reimbursements and make loans under s. 16.14 for surviving spouses identified in
19s. 66.0137 (5) (c) 1. or 1m
59.23 (2) (s) of the statutes is amended to read:
(s) List of local officials.
Annually, on the first Tuesday of June, 22
transmit to the secretary of state a list showing the name, phone number, electronic 23
mail address, and post-office address of local officials, including the chairperson, 24
mayor, president, clerk, treasurer, council and board members, and assessor of each 25
municipality, and of the elective or appointive officials of any other local
governmental unit, as defined in s. 66.0135 (1) (c), that is located wholly or partly 2
within the county. Such lists shall be placed on file for the information of the public. 3
The clerk, secretary, or other administrative officer of a local governmental unit, as 4
defined in s. 66.0137 (1) (ae) (as)
, shall provide the county clerk the information he 5
or she needs to complete the requirements of this paragraph.
66.0137 (1) (ae) of the statutes is renumbered 66.0137 (1) (as) and 7
amended to read:
(as) "Local governmental unit" means a municipality, county 9political subdivision
, school district (as enumerated in s. 67.01 (5)), sewerage district, 10
drainage district, and, without limitation because of enumeration, any other political 11
subdivision of the state.
66.0137 (1) (af) of the statutes is created to read:
(af) "Dies in the line of duty" means a death that occurs, or occurred, 14
as a direct and proximate result of one or more of the following, sustained by a law 15
enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, or fire fighter while he or she was 16
engaged in a line of duty activity or that arose out of and as a result of such an 17
individual's performance of a line of duty activity:
1. A personal injury.
2. The contraction of an infectious disease.
3. Exposure to hazardous materials or conditions.
66.0137 (1) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
(ag) "Emergency medical technician" has the meaning given in s. 23
66.0137 (1) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) "Law enforcement officer" means all of the following:
1. Any person employed by a political subdivision for the purpose of detecting 2
and preventing crime and enforcing laws or ordinances and who is authorized to 3
make arrests for violations of the laws or ordinances that the person is employed to 4
2. Any jailer who, under the direction of a sheriff under s. 59.27 (1), keeps 6
persons in a county jail.
66.0137 (1) (ap) of the statutes is created to read:
(ap) "Line of duty activity" means any employment-related action 9
taken by a law enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, or fire fighter that 10
is required or authorized by law, rule, regulation, or condition of employment and for 11
which compensation is provided by his or her employing agency or would have been 12
eligible to have been provided by the employing agency if the law enforcement officer, 13
emergency medical technician, or fire fighter had been on duty when he or she took 14
the action in question.
66.0137 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) "Political subdivision" means any municipality or county.
66.0137 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0137 (3) Health insurance for unemployed persons.
Any municipality or
19county political subdivision
may purchase health or dental insurance for 20
unemployed persons residing in the municipality or county political subdivision
are not eligible for medical assistance under s. 49.46, 49.468, 49.47, or 49.471 (4) (a).
66.0137 (4m) (a) of the statutes is repealed.
66.0137 (5) (c) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) 1. Except as provided in subds. 2.
3., and 4.,
if a municipality 25
provides for the payment of premiums for hospital, surgical, and other health
insurance for its fire fighters, it shall continue to pay such premiums for the 2
surviving spouse and dependent children of a the
fire fighter who dies in the line 3
66.0137 (5) (c) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
(c) 1m. Except as provided in subds. 2., 3., and 4., if a political 6
subdivision provides for the payment of premiums for hospital, surgical, and other 7
health insurance for its law enforcement officers or emergency medical technicians, 8
it shall continue to pay such premiums for the surviving spouse and dependent 9
children of the law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician who dies 10
while in the line of duty.
66.0137 (5) (c) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) 2. A municipality
may not be required to 13
pay the premiums described in subd. 1. or 1m.
for a surviving spouse upon the 14
remarriage of the surviving spouse or upon the surviving spouse reaching the age of 15
66.0137 (5) (c) 3. of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
(c) 3. An individual is not a dependent child for the purposes of 18
subd. 1. or 1m. after the individual reaches the age of 26.
66.0137 (5) (c) 4. of the statutes is created to read:
(c) 4. A political subdivision may seek reimbursement from the 21
department of administration under s. 16.14 (3) for the payment of any premiums 22
described in subd. 1. or 1m. that were paid by the political subdivision without regard 23
to whether such payments were required to be paid under an employment-related 24
benefit provided to the fire fighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency medical 25
technician if the political subdivision provides the department of administration
with written certification that the individual on whose behalf the premiums are 2
being paid died in the line of duty. The political subdivision shall seek 3
reimbursement from the department of administration, using a form provided by the 4
department of administration that specifies the premium amounts paid by the 5
political subdivision and the names, ages, and marital status of the individuals for 6
whom the premiums were paid. The political subdivision shall also certify that the 7
premiums could not be paid under a different employment-related benefit that was 8
provided to the fire fighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency medical 9
79.01 (2d) of the statutes is amended to read:
There is established an account in the general fund entitled the 12
"County and Municipal Aid Account." The total amount to be distributed in 2011 to 13
counties and municipalities from the county and municipal aid account is 14
$824,825,715 and the total amount to be distributed to counties and municipalities 15
in 2012, and in each year thereafter, from the county and municipal aid account is 16
$748,075,715, less the amounts paid under s. 16.14
79.035 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
79.035 (5) For Except as provided in sub. (6), for
the distribution in 2013 and 19
subsequent years, each county and municipality shall receive a payment under this 20
section that is equal to the amount of the payment determined for the county or 21
municipality under this section for 2012.
79.035 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
For the distribution in 2015 and subsequent years, each county and 24
municipality's payment under this section shall be reduced, in proportion to the 25
county's or municipality's share of total payments under this section, to reflect the
reduction in the county and municipal aid account as a result of payments made 2
under s. 16.14 for surviving spouses identified in s. 66.0137 (5) (c) 1. or 1m.
(1) This act first applies, retroactively, to a law enforcement officer, emergency 5
medical technician, or fire fighter who has died in the line of duty before the effective 6
date of this subsection, but only with respect to the payment of health insurance 7
premiums that come due on or after the effective date of this subsection.