2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
February 20, 2002 - Introduced by Representatives Wieckert, Musser, Seratti,
Olsen, Owens, Pocan, McCormick, Hines, Huebsch, Albers, Sykora, Stone
and Underheim, cosponsored by Senators Kanavas, Huelsman, Darling and
Welch. Referred to Committee on Economic Development.
1An Act to create
13.0992 of the statutes; relating to: preparation of economic
2impact statements for bills and proposed administrative rules that would have
3a direct economic impact on the private sector.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the preparation of statements describing the direct economic
impact by bills or proposed rules on the private sector. Each majority leader and each
minority leader is authorized to request a statement on one bill or proposed rule each
year. It applies to bills and proposed rules that apply specifically to a business or that
affect businesses differently than governments or other entities. The requirements
of the bill are designed to parallel the current requirements contained in the statutes
and the joint rules of the legislature for the preparation of statements describing the
fiscal impact of legislation.
It directs the department of administration to assign the preparation of a
statement to the appropriate agency or authority. It establishes a deadline for the
preparation of a statement and requirements for its distribution. The bill states that
a standing committee may not hold a public hearing on, or report a bill or proposed
rule-making order for which an economic impact statement is required, before
receipt of the statement.
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:
AB834, s. 1
13.0992 of the statutes is created to read:
213.0992 Economic impact statements.
In this section:
(a) "Agency" means an office, department, agency, institution of higher 4
education, association, society, or other body in state government created or 5
authorized to be created by the constitution or any law, which is entitled to expend 6
moneys appropriated by law, including the legislature and the courts, but not 7
including an authority.
(b) "Authority" means a body created under ch. 231, 232, 233, 234, or 235.
(c) "Have a direct impact on the private sector," when referring to a bill, means 10
to do any of the following:
1. Apply directly and specifically to the private sector.
2. Affect the private sector differently than governments or other entities.
3. Affect individual businesses differently than other businesses.
Each year, the senate majority leader, the senate minority leader, the 15
assembly majority leader, and the assembly minority leader may each, subject to the 16
rules of that house or joint rules of the legislature, request the department of 17
administration to order the preparation of one economic impact statement with 18
respect to any bill or any proposed rule-making order before that house, either in its 19
original form or, if it is a bill, as affected by one or more amendments. If a majority 20
or minority leader so requests, the chief clerk of that house shall thereupon request 21
the legislative reference bureau to transmit a copy of that bill and any affected
amendments, or the legislative council staff to transmit a copy of the proposed 2
rule-making order, to the department of administration.
Upon receipt of a bill or rule-making order under sub. (2), the department 4
of administration shall direct one or more agencies or authorities to prepare an 5
economic impact statement with respect to the bill or order. Each statement shall 6
describe the direct impact on the private sector that would result from enactment of 7
the bill or promulgation of the rule.
Each agency or authority that is directed to prepare an economic impact 9
statement under sub. (3) shall provide the statement to the department of 10
administration within 10 working days after the date on which the agency or 11
authority receives the direction, but the department of administration, on a limited 12
basis only and upon an agency's or authority's request received before the end of the 13
10-day period and applicable to only one economic impact statement, may extend the 14
period for the specified economic impact statement to not more than 20 working days 15
if the statement necessitates extended research. Whenever the extension is granted, 16
the department of administration shall immediately notify the legislative reference 17
bureau, if it is on a bill, or the legislative council staff, if it is on a proposed 18
Upon receiving an economic impact statement under sub. (4), the 20
department of administration shall transmit it to the legislative reference bureau, 21
which shall transmit one copy to the leader requesting the statement, one copy to the 22
principal author of the bill, and one copy to the chief clerk of the house of the 23
legislature in which the bill originated or of the house that is considering the 24
proposed rule. In case of bills, the statement shall be reproduced and distributed as 25
Whenever an economic impact statement for a bill or proposed rule-making 2
order is requested under this section, a standing committee to which the bill or 3
proposed rule-making order is referred may not hold a public hearing on the bill or 4
rule or report the bill or order until the statement is received by the chief clerk of the 5
house in which the bill originated or of the house that is considering the proposed 6