2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
February 18, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Musser, Townsend,
Loeffelholz, Turner, Bies, Plouff, Pettis, Balow, Ainsworth, Boyle,
Petrowski, Cullen, Owens, Gunderson, Gronemus, Krawczyk, McCormick,
Coggs, Stone, Ott, Hines, J. Lehman, M. Lehman, Ward, Olsen, Hahn, J.
Fitzgerald and Hundertmark, cosponsored by Senators Brown, Leibham,
Wirch, S. Fitzgerald, Welch, Kanavas, Breske and Schultz. Referred to
Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs.
1An Act to renumber
45.19; to amend
20.485 (2) (q), 36.27 (3) (title) and 38.24 2
(5) (title); and to create
36.27 (3r), 38.24 (6) and 45.19 (2) of the statutes; 3relating to: tuition vouchers for students who sound Taps at military honors
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, a student in grades 6 to 12 or at a University of Wisconsin (UW)
System school, in-state technical college, or in-state, private, accredited, nonprofit
college or university is eligible for a $25 tuition voucher if he or she sounds "Taps"
on a bugle, trumpet, or cornet at a military honors funeral held in this state for a
deceased veteran. The bill requires the Board of Regents of the UW System or the
Technical College Board to grant a student a $25 remission of tuition or academic fees
for each valid voucher that is issued to the student.
For further information see the state and local 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:
AB74, s. 1
20.485 (2) (q) of the statutes is amended to read:
(q) Military honors funerals.
Biennially, the amounts in the schedule 2
to provide military honors funerals for veterans under s. 45.19 (1)
AB74, s. 2
36.27 (3) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Tuition remissions
AB74, s. 3
36.27 (3r) of the statutes is created to read:
36.27 (3r) Fee remissions for funeral assistants.
The board shall grant a $25 7
remission of nonresident tuition or academic fees to any student enrolled in the 8
system as an undergraduate for each valid voucher issued to the student under s. 9
AB74, s. 4
38.24 (5) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Fee remissions for survivors.
AB74, s. 5
38.24 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
38.24 (6) Fee remissions for funeral assistants.
The district board shall grant 14
a $25 remission of fees under subs. (1m) and (3) to a student for each valid voucher 15
issued to the student under s. 45.19 (3).
AB74, s. 6
45.19 of the statutes is renumbered 45.19 (1).
AB74, s. 7
45.19 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
The department shall create a tuition voucher form to be used by 19
funeral directors under sub. (3). The department shall distribute copies of the tuition 20
voucher form, plus an explanation of the form's use, to every operator of a funeral 21
establishment. The department may not charge a fee for the tuition voucher form 22
or for the distribution of the form.
AB74, s. 8
45.19 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
A funeral director may issue a tuition voucher in the amount of $25 25
to an individual who sounds "Taps" on a bugle, trumpet, or cornet during a military
honors funeral held in this state for a deceased veteran and who is a student in grades 2
6 to 12 or at an institution of higher education, as defined under s. 895.515 (1) (b). 3
The tuition voucher may be used at any time for the payment of tuition and required 4
program activity fees at a University of Wisconsin System institution as provided 5
under s. 36.27 (3r) or a technical college as provided under s. 38.24 (6). The 6
department shall encourage private institutions of higher education to accept the 7
vouchers. The vouchers are not transferable.
AB74, s. 9
115.28 (51) of the statutes is created to read:
115.28 (51) Funeral assistants.
Encourage school boards to grant an excused 10
absence to a pupil in grades 6 to 12 for the purpose of sounding "Taps" during a 11
military honors funeral for a deceased veteran.