2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
October 2, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Friske, Musser, Nischke,
Gottlieb, Gielow, Van Roy, Weber, LeMahieu, J. Wood, Vrakas, J. Fitzgerald,
Ott, Grothman, Nass, Gundrum, Kestell, M. Lehman, Powers, Ainsworth,
Krawczyk, Bies, Pettis, Hundertmark, Freese, Owens, Suder, Petrowski,
Gunderson, Albers, McCormick, Ladwig, Boyle, Plouff, Taylor, J. Lehman,
Morris, Travis, Turner and Van Akkeren, cosponsored by Senators Leibham,
S. Fitzgerald, Stepp, Roessler, Kanavas, Kedzie, Lazich, Darling, Harsdorf,
Wirch, Breske, Lassa, Chvala and Decker. Referred to Committee on
Veterans and Military Affairs.
1An Act to amend
341.14 (6) (a); and to create
45.001 (5) (j), 45.34 (2) (g) and 2
71.03 (7) (d) of the statutes; relating to: providing benefits to persons who
3served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, certain persons are eligible for veterans benefits based on
their service in the U.S. armed forces during certain periods of war or hostilities, such
as Operation Desert Storm, Operation Balkan Endeavor, or Operation Enduring
Freedom. The benefits that veterans or their eligible spouses and dependents may
receive include preference in state hiring, vocational training, economic assistance,
personal and home loans, and retraining grants.
This bill provides the same benefits to veterans who were in the U.S. armed
forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom or a successor operation to Operation Iraqi
Freedom and to their eligible spouses and dependents.
Under current law, any extension of time granted by law or by the internal
revenue service for a taxpayer to file his or her federal return extends the time for
filing under state law, although the taxes that are due are subject to interest at a rate
of 12 percent per year during the period of the extension. Under this bill, that 12
percent interest rate does not apply to persons who served in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, or a successor operation, in the United States or, for persons who
qualify for a federal extension, to persons who served outside of the United States
because of their participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom or a successor operation
in the Iraqi Freedom theater of operations.
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:
AB552, s. 1
45.001 (5) (j) of the statutes is created to read:
(j) Iraq War: Between March 19, 2003, and the ending of Operation 3
Iraqi Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom, as 4
established by the department by rule.
AB552, s. 2
45.34 (2) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
(g) The person served for 90 days or more in support of Operation Iraqi 7
Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom or served in 8
the Operation Iraqi Freedom theater of operation under all of the following 9
1. Under an active duty order, a unit assignment order, or an involuntary 11
extension of an active duty order.
2. Under honorable conditions.
3. Between March 19, 2003, and the ending date of Operation Iraqi Freedom 14
or an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom, as established by the 15
department by rule.
AB552, s. 3
71.03 (7) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2002, and before 18
January 1, 2005, for persons who served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or 19
an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom in the United States, or 20
for persons who qualify for a federal extension of time to file under 26 USC 7508
, who 21
served outside the United States because of their participation in Operation Iraqi
Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Iraqi 2
Freedom theater of operations.
AB552, s. 4
341.14 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Upon application to register an automobile or a motor truck or 5
dual purpose farm truck that has a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds by 6
any person who was a member of any of the U.S. armed services and who was held 7
as a prisoner of war during any of the conflicts described in s. 45.001 (5) (b) to (i) (j) 8
or in Bosnia, Grenada, Lebanon, Panama, Somalia, or a Middle East crisis under s. 9
45.34, and upon submission of a statement from the U.S. department of veterans 10
affairs certifying that the person was a prisoner of war during one of the conflicts 11
described in s. 45.001 (5) (b) to (i) (j)
or in Bosnia, Grenada, Lebanon, Panama, 12
Somalia, or a Middle East crisis under s. 45.34, the department shall issue to the 13
person a special plate that is colored red, white, and blue and that has the words 14
"ex-prisoner of war" placed on the plate in the manner designated by the 15