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.
1An Act to repeal
59.52 (30), 62.15 (1d) and 66.0901 (11); and to amend
(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
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:
59.52 (30) of the statutes is repealed.
62.15 (1d) of the statutes is repealed.
66.0901 (11) of the statutes is repealed.
86.31 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Except as provided in par. (d), improvements for highway 6
construction projects funded under the program shall be under contracts. Such 7
contracts shall be awarded on the basis of competitive bids and shall be awarded to 8
the lowest responsible bidder. If a city or village does not receive a responsible bid 9
for an improvement, the city or village may contract with a county for the 10
improvement. Subject to s. 59.52 (30), a A
town may contract with a county for the 11
improvement subject to the criteria and procedures promulgated as rules under sub. 12
86.31 (6) (h) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(h) (intro.) Subject to s. 59.52 (30), criteria Criteria
and procedures 15
for contracting with a county for a town road improvement that includes at least all 16
of the following: