2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
March 21, 2014 - Introduced by Senators Vinehout and Harris, cosponsored by
Representatives Doyle, Hesselbein, Kolste, Ohnstad, Wright, Bewley and
Berceau. Referred to Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and
Veterans and Military Affairs.
SB687,1,4 1An Act to repeal 59.52 (30), 62.15 (1d) and 66.0901 (11); and to amend 86.31
2(2) (b) and 86.31 (6) (h) (intro.) of the statutes; relating to: the performance of
3highway improvement projects by a county and private construction projects by
4a political subdivision.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, as created in the 2011 Biennial Budget Act (Act 32), a county
is generally prohibited from using its own workforce to perform a highway
improvement project on a highway under the jurisdiction of another county or a
municipality that is located in a different county. A city with a population of 5,000
or more is prohibited from having a highway improvement project performed by a
county workforce unless the project is under, and meets the requirements of, the local
roads improvement program. Also under current law, as created in Act 32, a city,
village, town, or county may not use its own workforce to perform a construction
project for which a private person is financially responsible. This bill eliminates
these prohibitions.
For further information see the 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:
1Section 1. 59.52 (30) of the statutes is repealed.
SB687,2 2Section 2. 62.15 (1d) of the statutes is repealed.
SB687,3 3Section 3. 66.0901 (11) of the statutes is repealed.
SB687,4 4Section 4. 86.31 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB687,2,125 86.31 (2) (b) Except as provided in par. (d), improvements for highway
6construction projects funded under the program shall be under contracts. Such
7contracts shall be awarded on the basis of competitive bids and shall be awarded to
8the lowest responsible bidder. If a city or village does not receive a responsible bid
9for an improvement, the city or village may contract with a county for the
10improvement. Subject to s. 59.52 (30), a A town may contract with a county for the
11improvement subject to the criteria and procedures promulgated as rules under sub.
12(6) (h).
SB687,5 13Section 5. 86.31 (6) (h) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB687,2,1614 86.31 (6) (h) (intro.) Subject to s. 59.52 (30), criteria Criteria and procedures
15for contracting with a county for a town road improvement that includes at least all
16of the following:
SB687,2,1717 (End)