2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 23, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf, Feyen, Olsen, Vinehout and
Lasee, cosponsored by Representatives Petryk, Allen, Bernier, Billings, E.
Brooks, Edming, Horlacher, Kleefisch, Krug, Mursau, Novak, Ripp,
Skowronski, Spiros, Tittl and Tusler. Referred to Committee on Workforce
Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues.
1An Act to amend
20.445 (1) (b) and 20.445 (1) (bm); and to create
106.275 of 2
the statutes; relating to: technical education equipment grants for school
3districts, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting
4rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the appropriation to the Department of Workforce
Development for workforce training grants, commonly referred to as “Fast Forward"
grants, by $1,000,000 in each of fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19 and directs DWD
to allocate those moneys for technical education equipment grants to school districts
in the amount of not less than $10,000 nor more than $50,000. A school district that
is awarded a grant under the bill must use the grant moneys awarded for the
acquisition of equipment that is used in advanced manufacturing fields in the
workplace. As a condition of receiving a grant under the bill, a school district must
provide matching funds equal to 100 percent of the grant amount awarded. The
match may be in the form of money contributed from private sources or in-kind
services or both.
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:
20.445 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Workforce training; programs, grants, and services.
As a 3
continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for the apprenticeship 4
completion award program under s. 106.05 (2), local youth apprenticeship grants 5
under s. 106.13 (3m), youth summer jobs programs under s. 106.18, employment 6
transit assistance grants under s. 106.26, workforce training grants and services 7
under s. 106.27 (1), (1g), and (1r), and
career and technical education incentive 8
grants under s. 106.273, and technical education equipment grants under s. 106.275
20.445 (1) (bm) of the statutes is amended to read:
(bm) Workforce training; administration.
Biennially, the amounts 11
in the schedule for the administration of the apprenticeship completion award 12
program under s. 106.05 (2), the local youth apprenticeship grant program under s. 13
106.13 (3m), the youth summer jobs program under s. 106.18, the employment 14
transit assistance grant program under s. 106.26, the workforce training program 15
under s. 106.27, and
the career and technical education incentive grant program 16
under s. 106.273, and the technical education equipment grant program under s.
106.275 of the statutes is created to read:
19106.275 Technical education equipment grants. (1)
Awarding of grants.
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall allocate not 21
less than $1,000,000 in each fiscal year for technical education equipment grants to 22
school districts under this section. From that allocation, the department shall award 23
grants in the amount of not less than $10,000 nor more than $50,000 to school 24
districts whose grant applications are approved under sub. (2) (b).
(b) A school district that is awarded a grant under this section shall use the 2
grant moneys awarded for the acquisition of equipment that is used in advanced 3
manufacturing fields in the workplace, together with any software necessary for the 4
operation of that equipment and any instructional material necessary to train pupils 5
in the operation of that equipment.
(c) As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, a school district shall 7
provide matching funds equal to 100 percent of the grant amount awarded. The 8
match may be in the form of money contributed from private sources or in-kind 9
services or both.
10(2) Grant application process.
(a) A school district that wishes to receive a 11
grant under this section shall apply for the grant in accordance with procedures and 12
requirements established by the department under rules promulgated under sub. (4) 13
(b) 1. A grant application shall describe the purpose and need for the grant, the 14
projected outcomes that the school district is seeking to achieve as a result of 15
receiving the grant, the amount and source of the matching funds required under 16
sub. (1) (c), and any other information that the department may require under rules 17
promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 1.
(b) The department, in consultation with the advisory committee appointed 19
under sub. (4) (a), shall review and evaluate a grant application submitted under par. 20
(a) in accordance with procedures and criteria established by the department under 21
rules promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 2. After completing that review and evaluation, 22
the department shall notify the school district of the department's decision on the 23
24(3) Reporting requirements.
Each school district that receives a grant under 25
this section shall file a report with the department by September 1 of each of the first
3 fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the grant was received. The report 2
shall describe how the grant moneys were expended, describe the outcomes achieved 3
as a result of receiving the grant, share the best practices employed by the school 4
district regarding the training of pupils in the use of the equipment acquired with 5
the grant moneys, include a plan for sustainability of that training, and provide such 6
other information as the department may require under rules promulgated under 7
sub. (4) (b) 3.
8(4) Implementation of grant program.
(a) The secretary of workforce 9
development shall appoint an advisory committee under s. 15.04 (1) (c), composed of 10
representatives of the department, representatives of private organizations engaged 11
in advanced manufacturing, and such other persons as the secretary may select, to 12
assist the department in reviewing and evaluating grant applications under sub. (2) 13
(b) The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section. Those 15
rules shall include all of the following:
1. Rules establishing the procedures and requirements for applying for a grant 17
under sub. (2) (a), including the information that must be submitted with a grant 18
2. Rules establishing the procedures and criteria for awarding a grant under 20
sub. (2) (b).
3. Rules governing the reporting requirements under sub. (3), including the 22
information that must be provided in a report submitted under sub. (3).
(1) Technical education equipment grants; emergency rules.
Using the 25
procedure under section 227.24 of the statues, the department of workforce
development may promulgate the rules required under section 106.275 of the 2
statutes for the period before the effective date of the permanent rules promulgated 3
under section 106.275 of the statues but not to exceed the period authorized under 4
section 227.24 (1) (c) of the statues, subject to extension under section 227.24 (2) of 5
the statutes. Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (a), (2) (b), and (3) of the statutes, 6
the department is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule under 7
this subsection as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of the public 8
peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of emergency 9
for a rule promulgated under this subsection.
(1) Technical education equipment grants.
In the schedule under section 12
20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the department of workforce 13
development under section 20.445 (1) (b) of the statutes the dollar amount for fiscal 14
year 2017-18 is increased by $1,000,000 to provide funding for technical education 15
equipment grants under section 106.275 of the statutes. In the schedule under 16
section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the department of workforce 17
development under section 20.445 (1) (b) of the statutes the dollar amount for fiscal 18
year 2018-19 is increased by $1,000,000 to provide funding for technical education 19
equipment grants under section 106.275 of the statutes.
(1) Technical education equipment grants.
This act takes effect on the day 22
after publication, or on the 2nd day after publication of the 2017-19 biennial budget 23
act, whichever is later.