2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
SENATE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO SENATE BILL 266
September 11, 2019 - Offered by Senator Wanggaard.
1An Act to renumber and amend
66.0137 (1) (ae); to amend
20.835 (1) (db), 2
59.23 (2) (s), 66.0137 (3), 66.0137 (4m) (a), 66.0137 (5) (c) 1., 66.0137 (5) (c) 2., 3
79.01 (2d) and 79.035 (5); to repeal and recreate
66.0137 (5) (c) 3. and 79.035 4
(5); and to create
66.0137 (1) (ac), 66.0137 (1) (af), 66.0137 (1) (ah), 66.0137 (1) 5
(am), 66.0137 (1) (ap), 66.0137 (1) (c), 66.0137 (5) (c) 1m., 66.0137 (5) (c) 4., 6
66.0137 (5) (d) and 79.035 (8) of the statutes; relating to: requiring political
7subdivisions, the state, and Marquette University to pay health insurance
8premiums, including on a limited retroactive basis, for survivors of a law
9enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires a political subdivision (a city, village, town, or county), the
state, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (board), and
Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for the surviving spouse
and dependent children of a law enforcement officer or emergency medical services
practitioner who dies in the line of duty if the political subdivision, state, board, or
university paid such premiums for the law enforcement officer or emergency medical
services practitioner while he or she was employed by the political subdivision, state,
board, or university. The requirement does not apply to a surviving spouse who
remarries or reaches the age of 65, or to a surviving child after he or she reaches the
age of 26. Current law provides similar benefits to the surviving spouse and
dependent children of a fire fighter who dies, or has died, in the line of duty if the
municipality (city, village, or town) paid such premiums for the fire fighter while he
or she was employed by the municipality.
Also, under the bill, if a political subdivision pays such health insurance
premiums, the political subdivision must file a request for reimbursement for its
costs with the Department of Revenue, which is required to provide reimbursement.
The reimbursement payments are funded from county and municipal aid shared
revenue by a reduction in each county's and municipality's shared revenue in
proportion to each entity's share of the total distribution of shared revenue
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.835 (1) (db) of the statutes is amended to read:
(db) County and municipal aid account.
A sum sufficient to make 3
payments to counties, towns, villages, and cities
under s. ss. 66.0137 (5) (d) and 4
79.035, less the amount paid from the appropriation under par. (r).
59.23 (2) (s) of the statutes is amended to read:
(s) List of local officials.
Annually, on the first Tuesday of June, 7
transmit to the secretary of state a list showing the name, phone number, electronic 8
mail address, and post-office address of local officials, including the chairperson, 9
mayor, president, clerk, treasurer, council and board members, and assessor of each 10
municipality, and of the elective or appointive officials of any other local 11
governmental unit, as defined in s. 66.0135 (1) (c), that is located wholly or partly 12
within the county. Such lists shall be placed on file for the information of the public. 13
The clerk, secretary, or other administrative officer of a local governmental unit, as
defined in s. 66.0137 (1) (ae) (as)
, shall provide the county clerk the information he 2
or she needs to complete the requirements of this paragraph.
66.0137 (1) (ac) of the statutes is created to read:
(ac) “Board of Regents” means the Board of Regents of the 5
University of Wisconsin System.
66.0137 (1) (ae) of the statutes is renumbered 66.0137 (1) (as) and 7
amended to read:
(as) “Local governmental unit" means a municipality, county 9political subdivision
, school district (as enumerated in s. 67.01 (5)), sewerage district, 10
drainage district, and, without limitation because of enumeration, any other political 11
subdivision of the state.
66.0137 (1) (af) of the statutes is created to read:
(af) “Dies in the line of duty" means a death that occurs, or occurred, 14
as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained by, or a single 15
exposure to a hazardous material or condition experienced by, a law enforcement 16
officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical services practitioner while he or she was 17
engaged in a line of duty activity or that arose out of and as a result of such an 18
individual's performance of a line of duty activity.
66.0137 (1) (ah) of the statutes is created to read:
(ah) “Emergency medical services practitioner” has the meaning 21
given in s. 256.01 (5), except that in this section it applies only to an individual who 22
is employed directly by a political subdivision or by a joint emergency medical 23
services department operated jointly by 2 or more political subdivisions.
66.0137 (1) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) “Law enforcement officer" means all of the following:
1. Any person employed by a political subdivision for the purpose of detecting 2
and preventing crime and enforcing laws or ordinances and who is authorized to 3
make arrests for violations of the laws or ordinances that the person is employed to 4
2. Any jailer who, under the direction of a sheriff under s. 59.27 (1), keeps 6
persons in a county jail.
3. A Marquette University police officer, as defined in s. 175.42 (1) (b).
4. A state patrol officer, as that term is defined in s. 252.01 (7).
5. A state capitol police officer.
6. A University of Wisconsin System police officer.
7. An officer of the division of criminal investigation.
8. A department of natural resources conservation warden.
9. A county sheriff, undersheriff, or deputy sheriff.
10. A chief of police.
66.0137 (1) (ap) of the statutes is created to read:
(ap) “Line of duty activity" means any employment-related action 17
taken by a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical services 18
practitioner that is required or authorized by law, rule, regulation, or condition of 19
employment and for which compensation is provided by his or her employing agency 20
or would have been eligible to have been provided by the employing agency if the law 21
enforcement officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical services practitioner had been 22
on duty when he or she took the action in question.
66.0137 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) “Political subdivision" means any municipality or county.
66.0137 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0137 (3) Health insurance for unemployed persons.
Any municipality or
2county political subdivision
may purchase health or dental insurance for 3
unemployed persons residing in the municipality or county political subdivision
are not eligible for medical assistance under s. 49.46, 49.468, 49.47, or 49.471 (4) (a).
66.0137 (4m) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Notwithstanding sub. (1) (ae) (as)
, in this subsection, “local 7
governmental unit" means a city, village, town, county, or school district.
66.0137 (5) (c) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) 1. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., if a municipality 10
provides for the payment of premiums for hospital, surgical, and other health 11
insurance for its fire fighters, it shall continue to pay such premiums for the 12
surviving spouse and dependent children of a
fire fighter who dies in the line 13
66.0137 (5) (c) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
(c) 1m. Except as provided in subds. 2. and 3., if a political 16
subdivision, the state, the Board of Regents, or Marquette University provides for 17
the payment of premiums for hospital, surgical, and other health insurance for its 18
law enforcement officers or emergency medical services practitioners, it shall 19
continue to pay such premiums for the surviving spouse and dependent children of 20
the law enforcement officer or emergency medical services practitioner who dies 21
while in the line of duty.
66.0137 (5) (c) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) 2. A municipality political subdivision, the state, the Board of
24Regents, or Marquette University
may not be required to pay the premiums
described in subd. 1. or 1m.
for a surviving spouse upon the remarriage of the 2
surviving spouse or upon the surviving spouse reaching the age of 65.
66.0137 (5) (c) 3. of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read: