LRB-2789/1
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 20, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Harsdorf, Cowles, Erpenbach, Hansen,
LeMahieu, Marklein, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Stroebel, Tiffany,
Wirch and Bewley, cosponsored by Representatives Felzkowski,
Swearingen, Hesselbein, Ballweg, Bernier, Billings, Born, Brandtjen, E.
Brooks
, R. Brooks, Horlacher, Mursau, Ripp, Jarchow, Kitchens, Kolste,
Kremer, Kulp, Milroy, Nerison, Novak, Petryk, Quinn, Schraa, Skowronski,
Spiros, Summerfield, Tauchen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler, Vruwink,
Wachs, Weatherston and Rohrkaste. Referred to Committee on Sporting
Heritage, Mining and Forestry.
SB188,1,5 1An Act to repeal 350.12 (3j) (bg) 2. and 350.12 (4) (bg) 2. a.; to renumber and
2amend
350.12 (4) (bg) 2. b.; and to amend 350.12 (3j) (b), 350.12 (3j) (bg) 3.,
3350.12 (3j) (bg) 4., 350.12 (3j) (e) 2., 350.12 (4) (b) 1., 350.12 (4) (bm) 1. and
4350.12 (4) (bm) 2. of the statutes; relating to: snowmobile trail use stickers and
5trail aids and supplemental trail aids for snowmobile trail maintenance.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the maximum dollar amount per mile that the Department
of Natural Resources may pay to counties for actual expenses related to maintaining
snowmobile trails.
Under current law, state aid is available for the actual cost of maintaining a
qualifying snowmobile trail, but may not exceed $250 per mile per year. Under this
bill, the maximum aid available is increased to $300 per mile per year.
Under current law, a county that exceeds $250 per mile in maintenance
expenses and $150 per mile in grooming expenses in a fiscal year is eligible for
supplemental aid payments the following fiscal year. Under this bill, a county that
exceeds $300 per mile in maintenance expenses and $200 per mile in grooming
expenses in a fiscal year is eligible for supplemental aid payments the following fiscal
year.
Also under current law, most snowmobiles operated on a public snowmobile
corridor must display a trail use sticker issued by DNR. There are three categories
of snowmobiles for which DNR issues trail use stickers: snowmobiles exempt from

registration, snowmobiles owned by members of a snowmobile club, and
snowmobiles owned by those who are not members of a snowmobile club. DNR is
required to charge a specific fee for a trail use sticker issued for snowmobiles in each
category. The current categories and fees apply only to trail use stickers issued from
fiscal years 2015-16 to 2018-19. This bill eliminates the fiscal year limitations on
these categories and fees.
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:
SB188,1 1Section 1. 350.12 (3j) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,2,62 350.12 (3j) (b) Except as provided in par. (bg), the The fee for a trail use sticker
3issued for a snowmobile that is exempt from registration under sub. (2) (b) or (bn) is
4$34.25 $49.25. A trail use sticker issued for such a snowmobile may be issued only
5by the department and persons appointed by the department and expires on June 30
6of each year.
SB188,2 7Section 2. 350.12 (3j) (bg) 2. of the statutes is repealed.
SB188,3 8Section 3. 350.12 (3j) (bg) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,2,129 350.12 (3j) (bg) 3. The fee for a trail use sticker issued in fiscal years 2015-16
10to 2018-19
for a snowmobile that is registered under sub. (3) and that is owned by
11a person who is both a member of a snowmobile club and a member of the Association
12of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is $9.25.
SB188,4 13Section 4. 350.12 (3j) (bg) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,2,1614 350.12 (3j) (bg) 4. The fee for a trail use sticker issued in fiscal years 2015-16
15to 2018-19
for a snowmobile that is registered under sub. (3) and that is owned by
16a person who does not meet the requirements under subd. 3. is $29.25.
SB188,5 17Section 5. 350.12 (3j) (e) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,3,5
1350.12 (3j) (e) 2. Any person, including the department, who issues a trail use
2sticker or a temporary trail use receipt shall collect in addition to the fee under par.
3(b) or (bg) 2., 3., or 4. an issuing fee of 75 cents. The agent may retain 50 cents of the
4issuing fee to compensate the agent for the agent's services in issuing the temporary
5trail use receipt.
SB188,6 6Section 6. 350.12 (4) (b) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,3,197 350.12 (4) (b) 1. State aids and funds for maintenance costs shall be 100 percent
8of the actual cost of maintaining the trail per year up to a $250 $300 per mile per year
9maximum, except as provided in pars. (bg) to (br). Qualifying trails are trails
10approved by the board as snowmobile trails. State aid for development may equal
11100 percent of development expenses. Aids for major reconstruction or rehabilitation
12projects to improve bridges may equal 100 percent of eligible costs. Aids for trail
13rehabilitation projects may equal 100 percent of eligible costs. Development shall
14begin the same year the land is acquired. Moneys available for development shall
15be distributed on a 100 percent grant basis, 75 percent at the time of approval but
16no later than January 1 and 25 percent upon completion of the project. A county
17application may include a request for development, rehabilitation or maintenance
18of trails, or any combination thereof. Trail routes, sizes and specifications shall be
19prescribed only by the board.
SB188,7 20Section 7. 350.12 (4) (bg) 2. a. of the statutes is repealed.
SB188,8 21Section 8. 350.12 (4) (bg) 2. b. of the statutes is renumbered 350.12 (4) (bg) 2.
22and amended to read:
SB188,4,723 350.12 (4) (bg) 2. For fiscal years 2016-17 to 2019-20, the The department
24shall calculate an amount equal to the number of trail use stickers issued under sub.
25(3j) in the previous fiscal year to owners of snowmobiles that are exempt from

1registration under sub. (2) multiplied by $47 and shall credit this amount to the
2appropriation account under s. 20.370 (5) (cw). From the appropriation account
3under s. 20.370 (5) (cw), the department shall make payments to the department or
4a county for the purposes specified in par. (b). The department shall make payments
5under par. (bm) for trail maintenance costs that were incurred in the previous fiscal
6year and that exceed the maximum specified under par. (b) 1. before making
7payments for any of the other purposes specified in par. (b).
SB188,9 8Section 9. 350.12 (4) (bm) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,4,119 350.12 (4) (bm) 1. The actual cost incurred by the department or the county in
10maintaining its trails that are qualified under par. (b) 1. or 4. in the previous fiscal
11year exceeds the maximum of $250 $300 per mile per year under par. (b) 1.
SB188,10 12Section 10. 350.12 (4) (bm) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB188,4,1613 350.12 (4) (bm) 2. Of the actual cost incurred by the department or the county
14in maintaining its trails that are qualified under par. (b) 1. or 4. for the fiscal year
15applicable under subd. 1., the actual cost incurred in grooming the trails exceeds a
16maximum of $150 $200 per mile per year.
SB188,4,1717 (End)
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