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hist101969To the committee on Senate Organization.
Read first time and referred:
hist101323Senate Bill 255
Relating to: regulation of transportation network companies and their drivers and providing a penalty.
By Senators Larson, Risser, Bewley, Hansen, Smith and L. Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Subeck, Sinicki, C. Taylor, Sargent, Considine, Anderson, Vruwink, Skowronski, Fields and Spreitzer.
hist101960To the committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.
hist101324Senate Bill 256
Relating to: local regulation of transportation network companies, their drivers, and the drivers' vehicles.
By Senators Larson, Risser, Bewley, Hansen, Smith and L. Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Subeck, Sinicki, C. Taylor, Sargent, Considine, Anderson, Vruwink, Skowronski, Fields and Spreitzer.
hist101961To the committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.
hist101325Senate Bill 257
Relating to: eliminating the personal property tax and making an appropriation.
By Senators Stroebel, Marklein, LeMahieu, Craig, Feyen, Jacque, Kapenga, Nass, Testin, Tiffany and Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representatives Knodl, Kulp, Allen, August, Born, Brandtjen, Brooks, Dittrich, Duchow, Edming, Felzkowski, Gundrum, Horlacher, Hutton, James, Kitchens, Kuglitsch, Kurtz, Macco, Magnafici, Murphy, Mursau, Neylon, Novak, Oldenburg, Ott, Petersen, Plumer, Pronschinske, Quinn, Ramthun, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Skowronski, Snyder, Sortwell, Stafsholt, Steffen, Steineke, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tusler, VanderMeer, Vorpagel, Wichgers, Wittke, Zimmerman and Jagler.
hist101962To the committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions.
hist101326Senate Bill 258
Relating to: creating a grant program to support after-school and out-of-school-time programs, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
By Senators Darling, Roth, Testin and Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representatives Rohrkaste, Thiesfeldt, Ballweg, Kulp, Magnafici, Novak, Oldenburg, Shankland, Skowronski, Snyder, Stafsholt, Steffen, Tusler and VanderMeer.
hist101963To the committee on Education.
hist101327Senate Bill 259
Relating to: trauma-informed care position grants and making an appropriation.
By Senators Testin, L. Taylor, Olsen, Risser, Schachtner, Wanggaard and Wirch; cosponsored by Representatives Tittl, Brostoff, Anderson, Bowen, Brandtjen, Cabrera, Crowley, Doyle, Edming, Haywood, Kulp, L. Myers, Milroy, Mursau, Neubauer, Plumer, Shankland, Sinicki, Skowronski, Snyder, Spiros, Stubbs, Subeck, C. Taylor, Tusler, Vruwink and Spreitzer.
hist101964To the committee on Health and Human Services.
hist101378Senate Bill 260
Relating to: changing the 12 percent rule regarding the total value of taxable property included in the creation of a tax incremental financing district in the village of Ontario.
By Senator Testin; cosponsored by Representative Oldenburg.
hist101965To the committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade.
hist101379Senate Bill 261
Relating to: underage sexual activity.
By Senators Wanggaard, Fitzgerald, L. Taylor, Risser and Carpenter; cosponsored by Representatives Dittrich, Thiesfeldt, Brandtjen, Kulp, Plumer, Ramthun, Skowronski, Spiros and Tusler.
hist101966To the committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
hist101380Senate Bill 262
Relating to: eliminating personal conviction exemption from immunizations.
By Senators Carpenter, L. Taylor, Smith, Hansen, Miller, Risser, Ringhand and Larson; cosponsored by Representatives Hintz, Vorpagel, Kolste, Brostoff, L. Myers, Riemer, Goyke, Anderson, Stubbs, Zamarripa, B. Meyers, Subeck, Crowley, Steffen, Sinicki, Considine, Fields, Doyle, Vruwink, Spreitzer, Emerson, Pope, Ohnstad, Hesselbein, Billings, Skowronski and Neubauer.
hist101967To the committee on Health and Human Services.
hist101381Senate Bill 263
Relating to: bills making honorary designations of state highways or bridges.
By Senator Petrowski; cosponsored by Representatives Vos, Considine, Duchow, Krug, Mursau, Petersen, Ramthun, Schraa, Skowronski, Spiros, Subeck and Tusler.
hist101968To the committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs.
Petitions and Communications
hist101896Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Rohrkaste added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 6.
hist101897Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Rohrkaste added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 8.
hist101898Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Hansen added as a coauthor of Senate Bill 86.
hist101995Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 113.
hist101996Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 136.
hist101999Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 142.
hist102000Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 154.
hist101994Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 161.
hist101998Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 163.
hist101997Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Fields added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 198.
hist101899Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Vining added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 252.
State of Wisconsin
Claims Board
June 5, 2019
Enclosed is the report of the State Claims Board covering the claims heard on May 13, 2019. Those claims approved for payment pursuant to the provisions of s.16.007 and 775.05 Stats., have been paid directly by the Board.
This report is for the information of the Legislature, The Board would appreciate your acceptance and publication of it in the Journal to inform the members of the Legislature.
The State of Wisconsin Claims Board conducted hearings at the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 13, 2019, upon the following claims:
Claimant   Agency   Amount
Robert Schlimm   Ag., Trade &   $3,597.09
Consumer Protection
Michels Corporation   Transportation $125,735.21
Vitech Systems Group   Employee $14,300,000.00
Trust Funds
Timothy Smunt   University of   $1,039,134.00
The following claims were decided without hearings:
Claimant   Agency   Amount
Pastori Balele     Justice     $1,114.91
Kelley Avery     Corrections   $139.52
Mekious D.     Corrections   $190.46
Bullock, Sr.
Oscar Garner     Corrections   $173.25
James R. Harris   Corrections   $906.06
Frank Penigar     Corrections   $1,272.03
Dale M. Robinson   Corrections   $892.57
With respect to the claims, the Board finds:
(Decisions are unanimous unless otherwise noted.)
1. Robert J. Schlimm of Seymour, Wisconsin claims $3,597.09 for costs allegedly incurred because of incorrect information provided by the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection. Claimant is a 3rd generation dairy farmer. In 2017 he allegedly contacted DATCP to find out how to get a permit so Olivia Hennes, the daughter of one of his employees, could milk cows on his land. (Claimant’s permit had expired because he had sold his cows.) Claimant was aware that the location of his well might be a problem because it was only 25 feet from the barn yard. He states that he contacted a DATCP inspector, who initially told him Hennes could not get a permit due to the location of the well, but then 10 days later said that they could get a permit in the claimant’s name despite the well’s location. Claimant and Hennes proceeded to get the barn ready for milking. Clamant alleges a DATCP inspector visited the farm for a pre-license inspection and didn’t say the well was a problem. Claimant received a new permit and an inspection notice in May 2017 with no remarks about the well. Hennes began milking in October 2017. During a regular, 6-month inspection in November 2017, the inspector marked the well out of compliance because it was < 50 feet from the barn and barnyard. The inspector told them they would have to drill a new well or lose their Grade A permit. Hennes could not afford the costs of drilling a new well. Claimant alleges that DATCP refused to work with them to solve the problem. Claimant also notes that testing showed no problems with the well water, so they did not qualify for assistance from the Wisconsin Well Compensation Program. Hennes was unable to continue milking and shut down. Claimant states that he and Hennes would never have proceeded to start up her business if they had known the well was going to be a problem and that they only did so because DATCP told them it was not a problem.
DATCP recommends denial of this claim. Firstly, DATCP notes that the “inspector” claimant contacted before applying for his milk producer license, was Don Mielke, who is claimant’s dairy plant field representative, not an employee of DATCP. Mielke is the individual who gave claimant incorrect information about whether the well’s location would be a problem. In addition, both claimant and Mielke were clearly aware, prior to applying for a license, that the location of the well was a problem and Mielke even gave claimant contact information for an employee at the Department of Natural Resources so he could get the well assessed and approved prior to applying for his license. DATCP notes that both claimant and Mielke signed the Grade A license application, falsely indicating that the well was > 50 feet from the barn/barnyard, when they both knew this was not true. The permit was granted based on that false representation. DATCP denies claimant’s allegation that it was uncooperative. After the initial determination that the well was not compliant in November 2017, claimant was given additional time to fix the problem. A federal inspection in February 2018 found the well was not fixed. DATCP met with claimant and Hennes in April 2018 and provided three options for solving the problem. In May 2018, a routine inspection determined the well was still not compliant. In June 2018, claimant signed a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with DATCP which extended the Grade A permit for 210 days, allowing additional time to install a new well. Pursuant to the VCA, DATCP did not mark the well as non-compliant during the September 2018 inspection. In December 2018, DATCP was notified that the farm was out of business as of 10/1/18. DATCP notes that all of claimant’s costs were for routine repair and maintenance necessary for milking equipment. Two of the invoices submitted are for charges incurred before claimant even applied for a new license in May 2017 and the remaining invoices are for costs incurred while he was producing and selling Grade A milk pursuant to his license. DATCP believes the bills submitted by claimant are nothing more than the normal cost of doing business as a milk producer and are not the responsibility of the state.
The Board concludes there has been an insufficient showing of negligence on the part of the state, its officers, agents or employees and this claim is neither one for which the state is legally liable nor one which the state should assume and pay based on equitable principles.
2. Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wisconsin claims $125,735.21 owed due to breach of contract by the Department of Transportation. In early 2016, DOT requested bids for a road reconstruction project in Winnebago County. Claimant states that responding contractors based their bids on the plans and drawings provided by DOT and also on DOT’s Standard Specifications. Claimant alleges that in the absences of any “special provisions” for the project, the Standard Specifications are controlling. This road project involved both curb and gutter removal (C&G) and roadway removal. Claimant notes that the Standard Specifications provide that C&G attached to the adjacent roadway is measured and paid for under the “Removing Pavement” line item and C&G not attached to the adjacent roadway is measured and paid for under the “Removing Curb & Gutter” line item. The bid documents for this project contained both line items and indicated that there was only 15 linear feet to be removed under “Removing Curb & Gutter.” Claimant was the low bidder and was awarded the contract. Once the project was underway, claimant alleged that the 15 lf measurement was incorrect and that there was, in fact, more than 4,500 lf of C&G separate from the adjacent roadway. Claimant notified DOT and requested an adjustment. DOT initially denied the request but eventually paid claimant for the additional amount removed, but not at the $33.45/lf price contained in claimant’s bid. DOT instead paid claimant at a reduced rate of 6/lf. Claimant believes that this reduction was in violation of its contract with DOT. Claimant believes there is no constitutional bar to their claim because they are not asking for “extra compensation,” but rather the amount they are entitled to be paid under the contract.
DOT recommends denial of this claim. Claimant relies on the Standard Specifications to support its allegations however, plans, not the Standard Specifications are controlling. DOT notes that this fact is itself set forth in the Standard Specifications, which state that if there are any discrepancies, the Standard Specifications govern last, only after plans and other documents. DOT also notes that claimant never asked for clarification or indicated the plans were in any way unclear. DOT points to the fact that whether or not the C&G was attached to the adjacent roadway made no difference to the removal process—it was all pulled out with a large backhoe at the same time—and claimant incurred no additional costs to remove the C&G because it was not attached. DOT states that although the WisDOT Review Panel did provide an equitable payment in order to maintain a good working relationship with claimant, it had no legal obligation to do so. The review panel concluded that the plans could have been clearer but also that claimant had failed in its duty to ask for clarification of any perceived ambiguities. The review panel awarded claimant $27,468.79 for removal of 4,580 lf C&G at a rate of $6/lf, which is a customary rate for this type of work. DOT states that granting this claim would not only be directly contrary to the Standard Specifications but would also be unconstitutional. Wis. Const. art. IV, § 26(1), explicitly prohibits the legislature from granting extra compensation after services have been rendered or a contract has been entered into. DOT believes claimant was correctly paid for its services pursuant to the contract and has already received additional equitable compensation, therefore, both state law and equity have been fulfilled.