2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 8, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Testin, Bewley, Carpenter, Nass and
Schachtner, cosponsored by Representatives Mursau, Krug,
Anderson, Bowen, Dittrich, Kolste, Loudenbeck, Milroy, Novak,
Shankland, Spreitzer, Subeck, Thiesfeldt, Tusler and Vruwink. Referred to
Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform.
1An Act to renumber and amend
20.505 (4) (er); and to create
20.505 (4) (er) 2
1. and 2. of the statutes; relating to: funding for service award payments and
3making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Administration administers a service
award program, which provides monetary length-of-service awards to volunteer fire
fighters, first responders, and volunteer emergency medical technicians. Under the
program, DOA pays a state match of up to $390 per service award per fiscal year
based on amounts contributed by municipalities. The appropriation for the state
match paid by DOA is currently capped at $2,500,000 per fiscal year.
This bill increases that amount to $2,805,700 in fiscal year 2019-20 and
$2,900,000 in fiscal year 2020-21 and subsequent fiscal years.
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:
20.505 (4) (er) of the statutes is renumbered 20.505 (4) (er) (intro.) 5
and amended to read:
(er) Service award program; state awards.
(intro.) A sum sufficient 2
to make the payments required under s. 16.25 (3) (d). The amount appropriated 3
under this paragraph may not exceed $2,500,000 in a fiscal year. the following:
20.505 (4) (er) 1. and 2. of the statutes are created to read:
(er) 1. In fiscal year 2019-20, $2,805,700.
2. In fiscal year 2020-21 and each subsequent fiscal year, $2,900,000.
(1) Of the amounts appropriated under s. 20.505 (4) (er) 1., $45,700 shall be 9
paid to the vendors specified in s. 16.25 (3) (d) 1. who received prorated payments in 10
the 2018-19 fiscal year due to a shortfall in the amounts appropriated in that fiscal 11