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5. An offense involving fraudulent activity as a participant in the Wisconsin Works program under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, including as a recipient of a child care subsidy under s. 49.155, or as a recipient of aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19, medical assistance under subch. IV of ch. 49, food stamps benefits under the food stamp program under 7 USC 2011 to 2036, supplemental security income payments under s. 49.77, payments for the support of children of supplemental security income recipients under s. 49.775, or health care benefits under the Badger Care health care program under s. 49.665.
6. A violation of s. 125.075 (1), 125.085 (3) (a) 2., 125.105 (2) (b), 125.66 (3), 125.68 (12), 940.09, 940.19 (2), (4), (5), or (6), 940.20, 940.203, 940.205, 940.207, 940.25, or 943.23 (1g), a violation of s. 948.51 (2) that is a felony under s. 948.51 (3) (b) or (c), a violation of s. 346.63 (1), (2), (5), or (6) that is a felony under s. 346.65 (2) (am) 5., 6., or 7., or (f), (2j) (d), or (3m), or an offense under ch. 961 that is a felony, if the person completed his or her sentence, including any probation, parole, or extended supervision, or was discharged by the department of corrections, less than 5 years before the date of the investigation under sub. (2) (am) or (b) 1.
7. A violation of s. 948.22 (2), if the person completed his or her sentence, including any probation, parole, or extended supervision, or was discharged by the department of corrections, less than 5 years before the date of the investigation under sub. (2) (am) or (b) 1., unless the person has paid all arrearages due and is meeting his or her current support obligations.
76,25 Section 25. 48.685 (5c) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (5c) (a) Any person who is permitted but fails under sub. (5) (a) to demonstrate to the department, an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), or a child welfare agency that he or she has been rehabilitated may appeal to the secretary or his or her designee. Any person who is adversely affected by a decision of the secretary or his or her designee under this paragraph has a right to a contested case hearing under ch. 227.
76,26 Section 26. 48.685 (6) (am) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (6) (am) Every Except as provided in this paragraph, every 4 years an entity shall require all of its caregivers and nonclient residents to complete a background information form that is provided to the entity by the department. Every year a day care center that is licensed under s. 48.65 or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14) or a day care provider that is certified under s. 48.651 shall require all of its caregivers and nonclient residents to complete a background information form that is provided to the day care center or day care provider by the department.
76,27 Section 27. 48.685 (6) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (6) (b) 2. For caregivers who are licensed or certified by a county department or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), for persons who are nonclient residents of an entity that is licensed or certified by a county department or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), and for other persons specified by the department by rule, the entity shall send the background information form to the county department or contracted agency.
76,28 Section 28. 48.685 (8) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (8) The department, the department of health services, a county department, an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), a child welfare agency, or a school board may charge a fee for obtaining the information required under sub. (2) (am), (ar), or (3) (a) or (am) or for providing information to an entity to enable the entity to comply with sub. (2) (b) 1. or (3) (b). The fee may not exceed the reasonable cost of obtaining the information. No fee may be charged to a nurse aide, as defined in s. 146.40 (1) (d), for obtaining or maintaining information if to do so would be inconsistent with federal law.
76,29 Section 29. 48.715 (4g) of the statutes is created to read:
48.715 (4g) (a) If a person who has been issued a license under s. 48.66 (1) (a) or a probationary license under s. 48.69 to operate a day care center is convicted of a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the day care center is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the department shall revoke the license of the day care center immediately upon providing written notice of revocation and the grounds for revocation and an explanation of the process for appealing the revocation.
(b) If a person who has been issued a license under s. 48.66 (1) (a) or a probationary license under s. 48.69 to operate a day care center is the subject of a pending criminal charge alleging that the person has committed a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the day care center is the subject of a pending criminal charge or delinquency petition alleging that the person has committed a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the department shall immediately suspend the license of the day care center until the department obtains information regarding the final disposition of the charge or delinquency petition indicating that the person is not ineligible to be licensed to operate a day care center.
76,29m Section 29m. 48.981 (3) (c) 5r. of the statutes is created to read:
48.981 (3) (c) 5r. If the county department or, in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, the department or a licensed child welfare agency under contract with the department determines under subd. 4. that a specific person has abused or neglected a child, the county department, department, or licensed child welfare agency, within 15 days after the date of the determination, shall provide the subunit of the department that administers s. 48.685 with information about the person who has been determined to have abused or neglected the child.
76,29p Section 29p. 48.981 (3) (cm) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.981 (3) (cm) Contract with licensed child welfare agencies. A county department may contract with a licensed child welfare agency to fulfill the county department's duties specified under par. (c) 1., 2. b., 2m. b., 5., 5r., 6., 6m., and 8. The department may contract with a licensed child welfare agency to fulfill the department's duties specified under par. (c) 1., 2. a., 2m. b., 3., 4., 5., 5m., 5r., 6., 6m., 7., 8,. and 9. in a county having a population of 500,000 or more. The confidentiality provisions specified in sub. (7) shall apply to any licensed child welfare agency with which a county department or the department contracts.
76,30 Section 30. 49.133 (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 49.133 (1m) (a) and amended to read:
49.133 (1m) (a) The If a child care provider is convicted of a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the child care provider is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the department or a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 may shall refuse to pay a the child care provider for any child care provided under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., or any other program if any of the following applies to the child care provider, employee or person living on the premises where child care is provided: beginning on the date of the conviction or delinquency adjudication.
76,31 Section 31. 49.133 (1) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, is renumbered 49.133 (2m) (a) and amended to read:
49.133 (2m) (a) The person has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that or adjudicated delinquent on or after his or her 12th birthday for an offense that is not a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., but the department or, county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23, agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), or school board determines under s. 48.685 (5m) that the offense substantially relates to the care of children or the department or county department determines that the offense substantially relates to the operation of a business.
76,32 Section 32. 49.133 (1m) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
49.133 (1m) (b) If a child care provider is the subject of a pending criminal charge alleging that the person has committed a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the child care provider is the subject of a pending criminal charge or delinquency petition alleging that the person has committed a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the department or county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 shall immediately suspend payment to the child care provider for any child care provided under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., or any other program until the department obtains information regarding the final disposition of the charge or delinquency petition indicating that the person is not ineligible to receive such a payment.
76,33 Section 33. 49.133 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 49.133 (2m) (b) and amended to read:
49.133 (2m) (b) The person is a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), and is the subject of a pending criminal charge that the department or, county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23, agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), or school board determines substantially relates to the care of children.
76,34 Section 34. 49.133 (2m) (intro.) of the statutes is created to read:
49.133 (2m) (intro.) The department or a county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 may refuse to pay a child care provider for child care provided under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., or any other program if any of the following applies to the child care provider or to a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the child care provider:
76,35 Section 35. 49.133 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 49.133 (2m) (c).
76,36 Section 36. 49.133 (4) of the statutes, as created by 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, is renumbered 49.133 (2m) (d).
76,37 Section 37. 49.155 (7) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, is repealed and recreated to read:
49.155 (7) Refusal to pay child care providers. (a) 1. If a child care provider is convicted of a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the child care provider is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 shall refuse to pay the child care provider for any child care provided under this section beginning on the date of the conviction or delinquency adjudication.
2. If a child care provider is the subject of a pending criminal charge alleging that the person has committed a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the child care provider is the subject of a pending criminal charge or delinquency petition alleging that the person has committed a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 shall immediately suspend payment to the child care provider for any child care provided under this section until the department obtains information regarding the final disposition of the charge or delinquency petition indicating that the person is not ineligible to receive such a payment.
(b) The department or the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 may refuse to pay a child care provider for child care provided under this section if any of the following applies to the child care provider or to a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the child care provider:
1. The person has been convicted of or adjudicated delinquent on or after his or her 12th birthday for committing an offense that is not a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., but the department, county department, agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), or school board determines under s. 48.685 (5m) that the offense substantially relates to the care of children or the department or county department determines that the offense substantially relates to the operation of a business.
2. The person is a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), and is the subject of a pending criminal charge that the department, county department, agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2), or school board determines substantially relates to the care of children.
3. The person has been determined under s. 48.981 to have abused or neglected a child.
4. The department or county department reasonably suspects that the person has violated any provision under the program under this section or any rule promulgated under this section.
76,37f Section 37f. 49.155 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
49.155 (8) Ineligibility for conviction of violation. Notwithstanding sub. (1m) and ss. 49.141 (7) (c) and 49.151 (2), if a court finds or it is determined after an administrative hearing that an individual who is receiving or has received a child care subsidy under this section has violated any provision of, or rule promulgated under, this section, the individual shall be ineligible for up to 5 years, beginning on the date of the judgment or decision, to receive a child care subsidy under this section.
76,37k Section 37k. 49.197 (2) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, section 1262, is amended to read:
49.197 (2) (c) A county department, Wisconsin Works agency, or tribal governing body that establishes a program under par. (b) shall advise both the department and the department of health services of the date on which the program was established and, on an ongoing basis, of any amounts recovered as a result of the program. A county department, Wisconsin Works agency, or tribal governing body may retain any amounts recovered under a program under this subsection and must use the moneys retained to pay cash benefits to Wisconsin Works participants for any purpose for which moneys under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant program may be used under federal law.
76,37m Section 37m. 49.197 (2) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, section 1262m, is amended to read:
49.197 (2) (c) A county department, Wisconsin Works agency, or tribal governing body that establishes a program under par. (b) shall advise both the department and the department of health services of the date on which the program was established and, on an ongoing basis, of any amounts recovered as a result of the program. Except as provided in par. (cm), a county department, Wisconsin Works agency, or tribal governing body may retain any amounts recovered under a program under this subsection and must use the moneys retained to pay cash benefits to Wisconsin Works participants for any purpose for which moneys under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant program may be used under federal law.
76,37n Section 37n. 49.197 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
49.197 (6) Reporting of suspected fraudulent activity. (a) 1. If any employee of the department, a county, or a tribal governing body reasonably suspects that fraudulent activity as described in sub. (1m) or (2) (b) has occurred or is occurring, the employee shall immediately report the facts and circumstances contributing to that suspicion to the employee's immediate supervisor.
2. An immediate supervisor who receives a report under subd. 1. shall immediately evaluate the report to determine whether there is reason to suspect that the fraudulent activity has occurred or is occurring. If the immediate supervisor determines that there is reason to suspect that the fraudulent activity has occurred or is occurring, the immediate supervisor shall immediately report the facts and circumstances contributing to that suspicion to the unit of the department that is responsible for investigating suspected fraudulent activity under sub. (1m). If the immediate supervisor is an employee of the department or of a county having a population of 145,000 or more, the immediate supervisor shall also immediately report those facts and circumstances to the sheriff.
3. Except as provided in subd. 2., an immediate supervisor who receives a report under subd. 1. shall keep the identity of the reporter confidential. A sheriff or unit of the department that receives a report under subd. 2. shall keep the identity of the employee reporting under subd. 1. and the immediate supervisor reporting under subd. 2. confidential until the sheriff or unit determines that the report merits further investigation. If the sheriff or unit conducts a full investigation, the sheriff or unit shall keep the identity of that employee and immediate supervisor confidential if it is reasonably possible to do so. Any person who fails to report as required in subd. 1. or 2. may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
(b) Any person participating in good faith in the making of a report under par. (a) 1. or 2. or in initiating, participating in, or testifying in, any action or proceeding in which fraudulent activity as described in sub. (1m) or (2) (b) is alleged shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that results by reason of the action. For the purpose of any proceeding, civil or criminal, the good faith of any person reporting under par. (a) 1. or 2. shall be presumed.
(c) The department, a county, a tribal governing body, or an employee of the department, a county, or a tribal governing body may not take disciplinary action against, or threaten to take disciplinary action against, any person because the person in good faith reported any information under par. (a) 1. or 2. or initiated, participated in, or testified in, any action or proceeding in which fraudulent activity described in sub. (1m) or (2) (b) was alleged or because the department, county, tribal governing body, or employee believes that the person in good faith reported any information under par. (a) 1. or 2. or initiated, participated in, or testified in, such an action or proceeding.
(d) Any person who is subjected to disciplinary action, or who is threatened with disciplinary action, in violation of par. (c) may file a complaint with the department of workforce development under s. 106.54 (9). If that department finds that a violation of par. (c) has been committed, that department may take such action under s. 111.39 as will effectuate the purpose of this section. Section 111.322 (2m) applies to a disciplinary action arising in connection with any proceeding under this paragraph.
76,37q Section 37q. 49.845 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 49.845 (4) (a) 1. and amended to read:
49.845 (4) (a) 1. Notwithstanding s. 49.197 (1m) and (3), the department of children and families may contract with the department of health services to investigate suspected fraudulent activity on the part of recipients of aid to families with dependent children under s. 49.19 and participants in Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161 and to conduct activities to reduce payment errors in Wisconsin Works under ss. 49.141 to 49.161, as provided in this section. If any employee of the department of health services reasonably suspects that fraudulent activity as described in this subdivision has occurred or is occurring, the employee shall immediately report the facts and circumstances contributing to that suspicion to the employee's immediate supervisor.
76,37s Section 37s. 49.895 (4) (a) 2. and 3. of the statutes are created to read:
49.895 (4) (a) 2. An immediate supervisor who receives a report under subd. 1. shall immediately evaluate the report to determine whether there is reason to suspect that the fraudulent activity has occurred or is occurring. If the immediate supervisor determines that there is reason to suspect that the fraudulent activity has occurred or is occurring, the immediate supervisor shall immediately report the facts and circumstances contributing to that suspicion to the sheriff and to the unit of the department of health services that is responsible for investigating suspected fraudulent activity as described in subd. 1.
3. Except as provided in subd. 2., an immediate supervisor who receives a report under subd. 1. shall keep the identity of the reporter confidential. A sheriff or unit of the department of health services that receives a report under subd. 2. shall keep the identity of the employee reporting under subd. 1. and the immediate supervisor reporting under subd. 2. confidential until the sheriff or unit determines that the report merits further investigation. If the sheriff or unit conducts a full investigation, the sheriff or unit shall keep the identity of that employee and immediate supervisor confidential if it is reasonably possible to do so. Any person who fails to report as required in subd. 1. or 2. may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
76,37t Section 37t. 49.895 (4) (b), (c) and (d) of the statutes are created to read:
49.895 (4) (b) Any person participating in good faith in the making of a report under par. (a) 1. or 2. or in initiating, participating in, or testifying in, any action or proceeding in which fraudulent activity as described in par. (a) 1. is alleged shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that results by reason of the action. For the purpose of any proceeding, civil or criminal, the good faith of any person reporting under par. (a) 1. or 2. shall be presumed.
(c) The department of health services or an employee of that department may not take disciplinary action against, or threaten to take disciplinary action against, any person because the person in good faith reported any information under par. (a) 1. or 2. or initiated, participated in, or testified in, any action or proceeding in which fraudulent activity as described in par. (a) 1. was alleged or because that department or employee believes that the person in good faith reported any information under par. (a) 1. or 2. or initiated, participated in, or testified in, such an action or proceeding.
(d) Any person who is subjected to disciplinary action, or who is threatened with disciplinary action, in violation of par. (c) may file a complaint with the department of workforce development under s. 106.54 (9). If that department finds that a violation of par. (c) has been committed, that department may take such action under s. 111.39 as will effectuate the purpose of this section. Section 111.322 (2m) applies to a disciplinary action arising in connection with any proceeding under this paragraph.
76,37v Section 37v. 106.54 (9) of the statutes is created to read:
106.54 (9) The division shall receive complaints under s. 49.197 (6) (d) or 49.845 (4) (d) and shall process the complaints in the same manner that employment discrimination complaints are processed under s. 111.39.
76,37x Section 37x. 111.322 (2m) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
111.322 (2m) (bm) The individual files a complaint or attempts to enforce a right under s. 49.197 (6) (d) or 49.845 (4) (d) or testifies or assists in any action or proceeding under s. 49.197 (6) (d) or 49.845 (4) (d).
76,38 Section 38. 120.13 (14) of the statutes is renumbered 120.13 (14) (a).
76,39 Section 39. 120.13 (14) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
120.13 (14) (b) 1. If a person who has contracted under par. (a) to provide a day care program is convicted of a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the day care program is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for committing a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the school board shall rescind the contract of the contractor immediately upon providing written notice of the rescission and the grounds for the rescission and an explanation of the process for appealing the rescission.
2. If a person who has contracted under par. (a) to provide a day care program is the subject of a pending criminal charge alleging that the person has committed a serious crime, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (c) 3m., or if a caregiver specified in s. 48.685 (1) (ag) 1. a. or a nonclient resident, as defined in s. 48.685 (1) (bm), of the day care program is the subject of a pending criminal charge or delinquency petition alleging that the person has committed a serious crime on or after his or her 12th birthday, the school board shall immediately suspend the contract of the contractor until the school board obtains information regarding the final disposition of the charge or delinquency petition indicating that the person is not ineligible to provide a day care program under this subsection.
76,40 Section 40. Initial applicability.
(1) Retroactive application. Except for the treatment of sections 49.155 (8) and 49.197 (2) (c) (by Sections 37k and 37m) of the statutes, this act first applies to a decision to deny, suspend, revoke, rescind, or refuse to renew a license under section 48.65 of the statutes, a certification under section 48.651 of the statutes, or a contract under section 120.13 (14) of the statutes, or to refuse to pay a child care provider under section 49.133 or 49.155 (7) of the statutes, made on the effective date of this subsection, notwithstanding that the conviction, adjudication, or charge on which the decision is based was obtained or filed before the effective date of this subsection.
(2) Ineligibility for conviction of violation. The treatment of section 49.155 (8) of the statutes first applies to judgments granted and decisions made on the effective date of this subsection.
76,41 Section 41. Effective dates. This act takes effect on the first day of the 3rd month beginning after publication, except as follows:
(1) Elimination of treatment foster homes. The repeal and recreation of sections 20.437 (1) (jm) and 48.685 (4m) (ad) of the statutes takes effect on the date stated in the notice provided by the secretary of children and families and published in the Wisconsin Administrative Register under section 48.62 (9) of the statutes.
(2) Ineligibility for conviction of violation. The treatment of section 49.155 (8) of the statutes and Section 40 (2) of this act take effect on the day after publication.
(2m) Incentive program for Wisconsin Shares fraud detection.
(a) The treatment of section 49.197 (2) (by Section 37k) of the statutes takes effect on the day after publication.
(b) The treatment of section 49.197 (2) (by Section 37m) of the statutes takes effect on January 1, 2010, or on the day after publication, whichever is later.
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