2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
August 28, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Anderson, Bowen, Cabrera,
Crowley, Emerson, Hebl, Kolste, Milroy, Neubauer, Ohnstad, Sargent,
Sinicki, Skowronski, Stuck, C. Taylor, Zamarripa and Brostoff, cosponsored
by Senators Larson, Carpenter, Hansen, Ringhand, Risser, Smith and L.
Taylor. Referred to Committee on Science and Technology.
1An Act to create
15.677, 20.235 (1m) and 39.52 of the statutes; relating to:
2spinal cord injury research grants and symposia and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Higher Educational Aids Board to establish a program to
award grants to persons in this state for research into spinal cord injuries. The
grants must support research into new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative
efforts for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord injuries. Research
topics may include pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and
rehabilitative approaches and techniques. HEAB must make annual reports to the
legislature about the grants. The bill also allows HEAB to hold symposia every two
years for grant recipients to present their research findings. The bill appropriates
general purpose revenues not exceeding $10,000,000 for the grants and symposia.
The bill also requires HEAB to appoint a spinal cord injury council with one
member representing the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public
Health, one member representing the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the
following members: 1) a person with a spinal cord injury; 2) a family member of a
person with a spinal cord injury; 3) a veteran with a spinal cord injury; 4) a physician
specializing in the treatment of spinal cord injuries; 5) a neurosurgery researcher;
and 6) a researcher employed by the veterans health administration of the federal
Department of Veterans Affairs. If HEAB is unable to appoint any of the foregoing
members, the bill allows HEAB to appoint, in lieu of that member, a member
representing the general public. Members of the council have two-year terms. The
bill requires the council to develop criteria for HEAB to evaluate and award grants,
review and make recommendations on grant applications, and perform other duties
specified by HEAB. Council members must make written disclosures of financial
interests in organizations that the council recommends for grants.
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:
15.677 of the statutes is created to read:
215.677 Same; attached council.
(1) Spinal cord injury council.
(a) There 3
is created in the higher educational aids board a spinal cord injury council that, 4
except as provided in par. (b), consists of the following members appointed by the 5
board for 2-year terms:
1. One member representing the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine 7
and Public Health.
2. One member representing the Medical College of Wisconsin.
3. One member who has a spinal cord injury.
4. One member who is a family member of a person with a spinal cord injury.
5. One member who is a veteran who has a spinal cord injury.
6. One member who is a physician specializing in the treatment of spinal cord 13
7. One member who is a researcher in the field of neurosurgery.
8. One member who is a researcher employed by the veterans health 16
administration of the federal department of veterans affairs.
(b) If the board is unable to appoint a member specified in par. (a) 1. to 8., the 18
board may appoint a member representing the general public in lieu of the member 19
20.235 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
20.235 (1m) Research support.
(a) Spinal cord injury research grants and
A sum sufficient not to exceed $10,000,000 for grants and symposia under 4
s. 39.52 (2) and (3).
(g) Gifts and grants.
All moneys received from gifts and grants for the program 6
established under s. 39.52 (2) to carry out the purpose for which received.
39.52 of the statutes is created to read:
839.52 Spinal cord injury research grants and symposia. (1) Definitions. 9
In this section:
(a) “Council” means the spinal cord injury council.
(b) “Grant program” means the program established under sub. (2).
12(2) Grant program.
The board shall establish a program to award grants to 13
persons in this state for research into spinal cord injuries. The purpose of the grants 14
is to support research into new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts 15
for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord injuries, and research 16
topics may include pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and 17
rehabilitative approaches and techniques. Grant recipients shall agree to present 18
their research findings at symposia held by the board under sub. (3).
The board may hold symposia every 2 years for recipients of 20
grants under the grant program to present findings of research supported by the 21
22(4) Grant reports.
By January 15 of each year, the board shall submit an 23
annual report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 24
13.172 (3) that identifies the recipients of grants under the grant program and the 25
purposes for which the grants were used.
(a) The council shall do all of the following:
1. Develop criteria for the board to evaluate and award grants under the grant 3
2. Review and make recommendations to the board on applications submitted 5
under the grant program.
3. Perform other duties specified by the board.
(b) Each member of the council shall disclose in a written statement any 8
financial interest in any organization that the council recommends to receive a grant 9
under the grant program. The council shall include the written statements with its 10
recommendations to the board on grant applications.
(1) Council; initial appointments.
Notwithstanding the length of terms 13
specified for the members of the spinal cord injury council under s. 15.677 (1) (a) 14
(intro.), initial appointments to the council shall be made as follows:
(a) The members appointed under s. 15.677 (1) (a) 1., 3., 5., and 7., or in lieu 16
of those members under s. 15.677 (1) (b), shall be appointed for terms expiring on July 17
(b) The members appointed under s. 15.677 (1) (a) 2., 4., 6., and 8., or in lieu 19
of those members under s. 15.677 (1) (b), shall be appointed for terms expiring on July 20