The department shall ensure optimum efficiency and economy in the fleet management and maintenance activities of all agencies as defined in s. 16.52 (7)
. The department may:
Develop uniform state policies and guidelines for vehicle and aircraft acquisition, use, maintenance, recording of operational and other costs, performance evaluation and replacement of vehicles and aircraft. The department shall incorporate the fuel usage policies under s. 16.045 (4m)
in any policies or guidelines developed under this paragraph.
Establish guidelines for the use by agencies of charter air travel or travel by private aircraft.
Screen all requests for additional or replacement vehicle or aircraft acquisitions prior to forwarding the requests to the governor in accordance with s. 20.915 (1)
Maintain a current inventory of all state-owned or leased motor vehicles and aircraft.
does not preclude the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System from accepting a gift of a motor vehicle.
When requested by the governor or the joint committee on finance, the department shall submit a report to the governor and the joint committee on finance on the details of all costs associated with fleet operations, based upon a statewide uniform cost accounting system.
Each agency which is authorized by the department may operate a vehicle or aircraft fleet. Each such agency shall assign a fleet manager who shall operate the agency's fleet in accordance with policies, guidelines and rules adopted by the department to implement this section.
Each fleet manager shall review the use of state-owned or leased vehicles or aircraft within his or her agency at least semiannually to determine whether usage criteria are being met. The department shall periodically audit the agencies' records relating to fleet operations and the use of state-owned or leased vehicles or aircraft.
The department shall provide central scheduling and dispatching of all air transportation on state-owned aircraft.
The department shall develop operational policies for all state employees who act as pilots-in-command of any state-owned aircraft, including, but not limited to, crew rest requirements, current flight training, flight checks and flight physical examinations.
Gasohol, alternative fuels, and hybrid-electric vehicles. 16.045(1)(a)
“Agency" means an office, department, independent agency, institution of higher education, association, society, or other body in state government created or authorized to be created by the constitution or any law, that is entitled to expend moneys appropriated by law, including the legislature and the courts, but not including an authority created in subch. II of ch. 114
or in ch. 231
, or 279
“Alternative fuel" means any of the following fuels the use of which the department of natural resources finds would improve air quality as compared to the use of gasoline or petroleum-based diesel fuel:
Any other fuel except gasohol that the department of natural resources finds to be composed substantially of material other than petroleum, the use of which would yield substantial environmental benefits.
“Biodiesel fuel" means a fuel that is comprised of monoalkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, either in pure form or mixed in any combination with petroleum-based diesel fuel.
“Flex fuel vehicle" means a vehicle designed to operate on gasoline, a blend of a fuel marketed as gasoline and 85 percent ethanol or a higher percentage of ethanol, or a mixture of gasoline and that blend.
“Gasohol" means any motor fuel containing at least 10 percent alcohol the use of which the department of natural resources finds would improve air quality as compared to the use of gasoline or petroleum-based diesel fuel.
“Hybrid-electric vehicle" means a vehicle that has a chemically fueled internal combustion engine which is capable of operating on gasoline, one or more alternative fuels, or diesel fuel, or by means of a gas turbine, and is also equipped with an electric motor and an energy storage device.
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage agencies to store no motor fuel except gasohol or alternative fuel in facilities maintained by the agencies for the storage of fuel for and the refueling of state-owned or state-leased vehicles. This subsection does not authorize construction or operation of such facilities.
The department shall, by the most economical means feasible, place a copy of the current list of gasohol and alternative fuel refueling facilities received from the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under s. 100.265
in each state-leased motor vehicle that is stored on state property for more than 7 days and in each state-owned motor vehicle. The department shall also make reasonable efforts to inform state officers and employees whose responsibilities make them likely to be using motor vehicles in connection with state business of the existence and contents of the list maintained under s. 100.265
and of any revisions thereto. The department may distribute the list or information relating to the list with salary payments or expense reimbursements to state officers and employees.
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage all state employees to utilize hybrid-electric vehicles or vehicles that operate on gasohol or alternative fuel for all state-owned or state-leased motor vehicles whenever such utilization is feasible. However, the department shall not lease or purchase any hybrid-electric vehicle, or authorize the lease or purchase of any hybrid-electric vehicle, unless the manufacturer certifies to the department that final assembly of the vehicle occurred in the United States.
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage all agencies to collectively reduce the usage of gasoline and diesel fuel in state-owned vehicles that is petroleum-based below the total amount that the agencies used in 2006 by at least the following percentages:
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage distribution of gasohol and alternative fuels and usage of hybrid-electric vehicles or vehicles that operate on gasohol or alternative fuels by officers and employees who use personal motor vehicles on state business and by residents of this state generally.
Volkswagen settlement funds. 16.047(1)(a)
“Settlement funds” means moneys allocated to this state from the environmental mitigation trust specified in par. (d)
and received by the state from the trustee.
“Settlement guidelines” means the eligible mitigation actions established under the partial consent decree specified in par. (d)
and all other partial consent decrees entered in the federal court case specified in par. (d)
under which this state receives settlement funds.
“Trustee” means the trustee of the environmental mitigation trust required to be established under the partial consent decree entered on October 25, 2016, by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, Case No: MDL No. 2672 CRB (JSC).
From the appropriation under s. 20.855 (4) (h)
, the department may use settlement funds for the payment of all costs incurred in accordance with the settlement guidelines to replace vehicles in the state fleet.
Any use of settlement funds under par. (a)
shall take precedence over any distribution under sub. (4m)
(3) State agency lapses.
If the department replaces a state agency's vehicle under sub. (2) (a)
, the secretary may calculate the general purpose revenue or program revenue savings for the state agency resulting from expenditures under s. 20.855 (4) (h)
and may lapse to the general fund from the state agency's general purpose revenue or program revenue appropriations the amount calculated.
(4m) Transit capital assistance grants. 16.047(4m)(a)2.
“Public transit vehicle” means any vehicle used for providing transportation service to the general public that is eligible for replacement under the settlement guidelines.
The department shall establish a program to award grants of settlement funds from the appropriation under s. 20.855 (4) (h)
to eligible applicants for the replacement of public transit vehicles. Any eligible applicant may apply for a grant under the program.
The department shall award grants under this subsection on a competitive basis and shall give preference to the replacement of public transit vehicles in communities or on routes that the department determines are critical for the purpose of connecting employees with employers.
An eligible applicant may use settlement funds awarded under this subsection only for the payment of costs incurred by the eligible applicant to replace public transit vehicles in accordance with the settlement guidelines.
The department shall establish a program to award grants of settlement funds from the appropriation under s. 20.855 (4) (h)
to school boards for the replacement of school buses owned and operated by the school boards with school buses that are energy efficient, including school buses that use alternative fuels. Any school board may apply for a grant under the program.
As a condition of receiving a grant under this subsection, the school board shall provide matching funds equal to the amount of the grant award.
A school board may use settlement funds awarded under this subsection only for the payment of costs incurred by the school board to replace school buses in accordance with the settlement guidelines.
This section does not apply after June 30, 2027.
History: 2017 a. 59
; 2019 a. 9
; Bartlett v. Evers, 2020 WI 68, ¶¶ 4, 9, 393 Wis. 2d 172, 945 N.W.2d 685, 19-1376
Each administrator, official or chairperson of the state delegation appointed to represent this state in the administration of any interstate agreement shall file with the law revision committee of the joint legislative council a copy of all minutes, reports, publications and other papers prepared in the administration of the agreement.
History: 1983 a. 308
; 1993 a. 52
American Indian assistance.
The department shall provide information and assistance to American Indians in this state with respect to problems or issues of concern to the American Indian community.
History: 1989 a. 336
Grants to American Indian tribes or bands.
In fiscal year 2021-22, from the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (kk)
, the department shall award grants to American Indian tribes or bands in this state. The department shall establish the amount of each grant based on the pro rata number of employees employed by the tribe or band as of December 31, 2019. Each tribe or band may use grant moneys as it deems necessary to support programs to meet the needs of members of the tribe or band. No grant moneys may be used to pay gaming-related expenses.
Effective date note
This section is repealed eff. 7-1-22 by 2021 Wis. Act 58
History: 2021 a. 58
Ratification of the midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact.
The midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact contained in s. 16.11
, by and between this state and any other state which ratifies or joins this compact, is ratified and approved.
History: 1983 a. 393
Midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact. 16.11(1)(1)
Article I — Policy and Purpose. 16.11(1)(a)
There is created the midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact. The states party to this compact recognize that the congress of the United States, by enacting “The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act", as amended by the “Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985", 42 USC 2021b
, has provided for and encouraged the development of low-level radioactive waste compacts as a tool for disposing of such waste. The party states acknowledge that the congress declared that each state is responsible for providing for the availability of capacity either within or outside the state for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated within its borders, except for waste generated as a result of certain defense activities of the federal government or federal research and development activities. The party states also recognize that the disposal of low-level radioactive waste is handled most efficiently on a regional basis and that the safe and efficient management of low-level radioactive waste generated within the region requires that sufficient capacity to dispose of such waste be properly provided. It is the policy of the party states to enter into a regional low-level radioactive waste disposal compact for the purpose of:
Providing the instrument and framework for a cooperative effort;
Providing sufficient facilities for the proper disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated in the region;
Protecting the health and safety of the citizens of the region;
Limiting the number of facilities required to effectively and efficiently dispose of low-level radioactive waste generated in the region;
Encouraging source reduction and the environmentally sound treatment of waste that is generated to minimize the amount of waste to be disposed of;
Ensuring that the costs, expenses, liabilities and obligations of low-level radioactive waste disposal are paid by generators and other persons who use compact facilities to dispose of their waste;
Ensuring that the obligations of low-level radioactive waste disposal that are the responsibility of the party states are shared equitably among them;
Ensuring that the party states that comply with the terms of this compact and fulfill their obligations under it share equitably in the benefits of the successful disposal of low-level radioactive waste; and
Ensuring the environmentally sound, economical and secure disposal of low-level radioactive wastes.
Implicit in the congressional consent to this compact is the expectation by the congress and the party states that the appropriate federal agencies will actively assist the compact commission and the individual party states to this compact by:
Expeditious enforcement of federal rules, regulations and laws;
Imposition of sanctions against those found to be in violation of federal rules, regulations and laws; and