2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 20, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Bernier and Carpenter, cosponsored by
Representatives Pronschinske, Steineke, Rodriguez, Snyder, Kurtz,
Plumer, Dittrich, James, Tittl, Mursau, Felzkowski, Rohrkaste, Spiros,
Steffen, Allen, Duchow, Kulp, Petryk, Petersen, Thiesfeldt, Edming,
Kitchens, Tusler, Schraa, Murphy, Krug and Subeck. Referred to
Committee on Utilities and Housing.
1An Act to create
16.3075, 20.505 (7) (fp) and 20.505 (7) (hp) of the statutes; 2relating to: housing quality standards loans, granting rule-making authority,
3and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes the Department of Administration to award loans to owners
of rental housing units for purposes of satisfying applicable housing quality
standards. Under the bill, a loan recipient must satisfy all applicable housing
quality standards for the duration of the loan. Additionally, a loan recipient who
rents housing units to persons or families of low or moderate income may have the
loan forgiven based on rules promulgated by DOA. Those rules must also limit each
loan to $10,000, limit loan recipients to the receipt of no more than five loans, require,
subject to certain limitations specified in the bill, an equal distribution of loans
throughout the state, to the extent practicable, and require DOA to publicize the loan
For further information see the state 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:
16.3075 of the statutes is created to read:
116.3075 Housing quality standards loans. (1) Loans.
(a) From the 2
appropriations under s. 20.505 (7) (fp) and (hp), the department may award loans to 3
owners of rental housing units in this state for purposes of satisfying applicable 4
housing quality standards.
(b) The department's contract with each loan recipient under par. (a) shall 6
require the loan recipient to satisfy all applicable housing quality standards for the 7
duration of the loan.
(c) A loan recipient under par. (a) who rents housing units to persons or families 9
of low or moderate income may have the loan forgiven based on the rules 10
promulgated under sub. (2).
The department shall promulgate rules to administer this section, 12
including all of the following:
(a) Establish procedures for selecting loan recipients and for loan forgiveness.
(b) Limit each loan award to $10,000.
(c) Provide that no loan recipient, including all subsidiaries and affiliates, may 16
receive more than a total of 5 loans.
(d) Require that the department, to the extent practicable based on loan 18
applications, shall distribute loan awards equally among all counties in the state, 19
subject to all of the following:
1. At least 50 percent of all loans shall be awarded to recipients headquartered 21
in a rural county, as defined in s. 39.399 (1g) (a).
2. No more than 20 percent of all loans may be awarded to recipients 23
headquartered in a county containing a 1st class city.
(e) Require the department to publicize the loan program, including on the 25
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.505 (7) (fp) of the statutes is created to read:
(fp) Housing quality standards loans.
As a continuing 5
appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for housing quality standards loans 6
under s. 16.3075 (1) (a).
20.505 (7) (hp) of the statutes is created to read:
(hp) Housing quality standards loan repayments.
All moneys 9
received from the repayment of loans made under s. 16.3075 (1) (a), to be used for 10
housing quality standards loans under s. 16.3075 (1) (a).
Using the procedure under s. 227.24, the department of administration may 13
promulgate rules necessary to implement this act. Notwithstanding s. 227.24 (1) (a) 14
and (3), the department is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule 15
under this subsection as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of the 16
public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of 17
emergency for a rule promulgated under this subsection. Notwithstanding s. 227.24 18
(1) (c) and (2), the effective period of a rule promulgated under this subsection is for 19
2 years after its promulgation, or until permanent rules take effect, whichever is 20
sooner, and the effective period may not be further extended under s. 227.24 (2).
This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 3
publication of the 2019 biennial budget act, whichever is later.