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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Limit managed forest land program to state residents
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
February 14, 2018 - Introduced by Senator Vinehout, cosponsored by
Representatives Vruwink, Subeck, Berceau and Sinicki. Referred to
Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry.
SB803,1,2 1An Act to create 77.81 (5e), 77.81 (5g), 77.82 (1) (a) 3. and 77.82 (1) (b) 5. of the
2statutes; relating to: eligibility for managed forest land program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that land is eligible for designation as managed forest land
(MFL) only if the land is owned by a resident of this state.
Under the MFL program administered by the Department of Natural
Resources, the owner of a parcel of land designated as MFL makes an annual acreage
share payment that is lower than, and in lieu of, the property taxes that normally
would be payable on the land. In exchange, the owner must comply with certain
forestry practices. Under the program, MFL is designated as either “open" or
“closed" to public access. MFL that is designated as “open" must be kept open for
hunting, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing, and cross-country skiing. For MFL that is
designated as “closed," the owner must make an additional payment per acre.
The bill provides that a parcel of land is eligible for designation as MFL only
if the parcel is owned by a person whose principal dwelling is located in this state or
a business entity whose principal place of business is located in this state. The bill
defines “principal dwelling” to mean any dwelling that is used by the owner of the
dwelling as a primary residence on January 1 of the year in which the owner claims
exemption from property tax on a parcel of MFL. The bill defines “principal place of

business” to mean the primary location where a business entity conducts business
on January 1 of the year in which the business entity claims exemption from property
tax on a parcel of MFL.
For further information see the state and local 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:
SB803,1 1Section 1. 77.81 (5e) of the statutes is created to read:
SB803,2,52 77.81 (5e) “Principal dwelling” means any dwelling that is used by the owner
3of the dwelling as a primary residence on January 1 of the year in which the owner
4claims exemption from property tax on a parcel of managed forest land under s. 77.84
5(1).
SB803,2 6Section 2 . 77.81 (5g) of the statutes is created to read:
SB803,2,107 77.81 (5g) “Principal place of business” means the primary location where a
8business entity conducts business on January 1 of the year in which the business
9entity claims exemption from property tax on a parcel of managed forest land under
10s. 77.84 (1).
SB803,3 11Section 3. 77.82 (1) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
SB803,2,1412 77.82 (1) (a) 3. The parcel is owned by a person whose principal dwelling is
13located in this state or a business entity whose principal place of business is located
14in this state.
SB803,4 15Section 4 . 77.82 (1) (b) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
SB803,2,1716 77.82 (1) (b) 5. A parcel that is owned in part or in whole by a person whose
17principal residence is not located in this state.
SB803,5 18Section 5. Initial applicability.
SB803,3,2
1(1) This act first applies to an application to designate a parcel of land as
2managed forest land that is filed on the effective date of this subsection.
SB803,3,33 (End)
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