2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 12, 2017 - Introduced by Representative Ott, by request of Department
of Children and Families. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AB5,1,5 1An Act to repeal 49.155 (6g) (am) and 49.155 (6g) (b); and to amend 49.155 (6)
2(cm) and 49.155 (6g) (a) 4. of the statutes; relating to: maximum child care
3subsidy rates for part-time child care and the authorized amount of child care
4under Wisconsin Shares (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department
5of Children and Families).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill makes various changes to the requirements for the administration of
Wisconsin Shares. Wisconsin Shares is a part of the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program
under current law, which is administered by the Department of Children and
Families and which provides work experience and benefits for low-income custodial
parents who are at least 18 years old. Under Wisconsin Shares, an individual who
is the parent of a child under the age of 13 or, if the child is disabled, under the age
of 19 may receive a child care subsidy if the individual needs child care services to
participate in various educational or work activities and satisfies other eligibility
Current law requires DCF to establish maximum payment rates for licensed
child care services provided through Wisconsin Shares. Current law states that child
care provider payment rates for after-school child care must be set lower than
payment rates for full-time child care. This bill eliminates the requirement for DCF
to establish a lower rate for after-school child care and instead allows DCF to apply
a lower rate to part-time child care, regardless of whether that part-time care occurs
after school.

Under current law, DCF may not authorize more than 12 hours of child care per
day per child for which an individual may receive a Wisconsin Shares subsidy. This
bill eliminates requirements under current law that DCF reduce the maximum
authorized amount of child care hours if the subsidy payment is based on the
authorized hours of care and the child's actual attendance is less than 60 percent of
the authorized hours of child care over any six-week period and that DCF notify both
the parent and the child care provider of any such reduction in authorized hours.
Also under current law, if DCF reduces the authorized hours of child care per
day from more than 12 to 12 or less hours because a parent fails to provide written
documentation of work or transportation requirements that exceed 12 hours in a day,
DCF must provide written notice to the parent and the child care provider four weeks
before actually reducing the child's authorized hours. This bill removes the
requirement to provide notice to the child care provider and the four weeks' notice
time frame when providing the notice to the parent.
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:
AB5,1 1Section 1. 49.155 (6) (cm) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB5,2,42 49.155 (6) (cm) The department shall may modify child care provider payment
3rates established under pars. (a) to (c) so that payment rates are lower for providers
4of after-school part-time child care.
AB5,2 5Section 2. 49.155 (6g) (a) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB5,2,116 49.155 (6g) (a) 4. If the authorized hours of child care per day for a child will
7be reduced from more than 12 to 12 or less because the child's parent does not provide
8the written documentation required under subd. 3., the department shall provide to
9the child's parent who is receiving the subsidy under this section and to the child's
10child care provider 4 weeks' notice of the reduction in authorized hours before
11actually reducing the child's authorized hours
notice of this action.
AB5,3 12Section 3. 49.155 (6g) (am) of the statutes is repealed.
1Section 4. 49.155 (6g) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
AB5,3,22 (End)