January 2018 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 26, 2018 - Introduced by Committee on Senate Organization, Senators
Kapenga, Craig, Cowles, Darling, Feyen, LeMahieu, Nass, Stroebel,
Vukmir and Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Vos, Felzkowski,
Thiesfeldt, Jagler, Sanfelippo, Tusler, Petersen, Duchow, Petryk,
Kuglitsch, Tittl, Knodl, Brandtjen, Murphy, Neylon, Spiros, Wichgers,
Bernier, Krug, Kleefisch, Rohrkaste, Katsma, Born, Kremer and
Swearingen, by request of Governor Scott Walker. Referred to Committee on
Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations.
SB2,1,3 1An Act to amend 49.79 (9) (a) 1. of the statutes; relating to: statewide
2FoodShare employment and training program requirement for able-bodied
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to require all able-bodied
adults to participate in the FoodShare employment and training program, known as
FSET, except for able-bodied adults who are caretakers of a child under the age of
six and able-bodied adults who are at least half-time students. FoodShare is also
known as the food stamp program and the federal Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program and is administered by DHS. An able-bodied adult is 18 years
of age or older but younger than 50 years of age, not pregnant, not exempt from a
work requirement under federal regulations, and not determined to be medically
certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment. Currently, able-bodied
adults without dependents are required to comply with certain work requirements
as a condition of FoodShare eligibility, though the FSET program is voluntary. The
2017 Biennial Budget Act, 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, specified that DHS may require
able-bodied adults to participate in FSET and allowed DHS to require a subset of,
instead of all, able individuals who are 18 to 60 years of age and who are not
Wisconsin Works participants to participate in FSET, to the extent allowed by the
federal government.

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:
SB2,1 1Section 1. 49.79 (9) (a) 1. of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59,
2is amended to read:
SB2,2,113 49.79 (9) (a) 1. The department shall administer an employment and training
4program for recipients under the food stamp program and may contract with county
5departments under ss. 46.215, 46.22, and 46.23, multicounty consortia, local
6workforce development boards established under 29 USC 2832, tribal governing
7bodies, or other organizations to carry out the administrative functions. A county
8department, multicounty consortium, local workforce development board, tribal
9governing body, or other organization may subcontract with a Wisconsin Works
10agency or another provider to administer the employment and training program
11under this subsection.
SB2,2,19 121g. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., beginning October 1, 2019, the
13department shall require, to the extent allowed by the federal government, all
14able-bodied adults in this state to participate in the employment and training
15program under this subsection. The department
may require other able individuals
16who are 18 to 60 years of age, or a subset of those individuals to the extent allowed
17by the federal government, who are not participants in a Wisconsin Works
18employment position to participate in the employment and training program under
19this subsection.
SB2,2,2020 (End)