2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 12, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Kitchens, Krug, Novak,
Petryk, Quinn and Tusler, cosponsored by Senators Cowles, Marklein and
Testin. Referred to Committee on Environment and Forestry.
1An Act to amend
20.115 (7) (qf) of the statutes; and to affect 2017 Wisconsin
, section 9133 (1)
; relating to: producer led watershed protection grants
3and transferring moneys within the environmental fund.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases, from $3,325,000 to $3,825,000 in both the 2017-18 and
2018-19 fiscal years, the amount of the appropriation for the Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's soil and water resource management
program. The bill prohibits DATCP from requesting a continuation of this increased
funding in its budget request submitted for the following fiscal biennium. The bill
also increases, from $250,000 to $750,000, the amount under the program that may
be allocated for producer led watershed protection grants in each fiscal year of the
Under the 2017 Biennial Budget Act, $3,152,500 of the moneys in the
environmental fund that have been received for the purpose of environmental
management is required, in each fiscal year of the biennium, to be considered as
having been received for debt service payments for certain nonpoint source water
pollution abatement projects. This bill increases that amount to $3,652,500 in each
of those fiscal years.
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:
20.115 (7) (qf) of the statutes is amended to read:
(qf) Soil and water management; aids.
From the environmental 3
fund, the amounts in the schedule for cost-sharing grants and contracts under the 4
soil and water resource management program under s. 92.14, but not for the support 5
of local land conservation personnel, and for producer led watershed protection 6
grants under s. 93.59. The department shall allocate funds, in an amount that does 7
not exceed $250,000 $750,000
in each fiscal year of the 2017-19 fiscal biennium and
8$250,000 in each fiscal year thereafter
for the producer led watershed protection 9
[2017 Wisconsin Act 59
] Section 9133 (1) Environmental fund.
Of the moneys 12
in the environmental fund that are received for the purpose of environmental 13
management, $3,152,500 $3,652,500
shall, in each fiscal year of the 2017-19 fiscal 14
biennium, be considered to have been received for the purposes under section 20.370 15
(7) (cr) and (cs) of the statutes.
(1) Funding increase for producer led watershed protection grants. 18
Notwithstanding section 16.42 (1) (e) of the statutes, in submitting information 19
under section 16.42 of the statutes for purposes of the 2019-21 biennial budget bill, 20
the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall submit 21
information concerning the appropriation under section 20.115 (7) (qf) of the statutes
as though the increase in the dollar amount of that appropriation by Section
4 (1) 2
of this act had not been made.
(1) Soil and water management; aids.
In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) 5
of the statutes for the appropriation to the department of agriculture, trade and 6
consumer protection under section 20.115 (7) (qf) of the statutes, the dollar amounts 7
for fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19 are each increased by $500,000 to $3,825,000 8
to increase funding for producer led watershed protection grants.