2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 24, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Loudenbeck, Felzkowski,
Dittrich, Swearingen, Anderson and Mursau, cosponsored by Senators
Marklein, L. Taylor and Schachtner. Referred to Committee on State
1An Act to amend
256.35 (3s) (d) 4.; and to create
256.35 (3s) (bm) of the statutes; 2relating to: grants for Next Generation 911 and granting rule-making
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, the Department of Military Affairs must provide grants to
Wisconsin public safety answering points to purchase, upgrade, and maintain Next
Generation 911 equipment. Under the bill, the 911 subcommittee must advise DMA
on appropriate grant purposes and eligibility criteria for the grants, and DMA must
promulgate rules for grant use purposes and eligibility based on those
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:
256.35 (3s) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
(bm) Competitive grant program.
1. The department shall award 6
grants to public safety answering points for the purposes identified under subd. 2. 7
using the criteria in subd. 3.
2. The department shall promulgate rules that identify appropriate purposes 2
for grants under subd. 1. based on the recommendations of the 911 subcommittee 3
under par. (d) 4. Grant purposes may include advanced training of 4
telecommunicators, equipment or software expenses, and incentives to consolidate 5
some or all of the functions of 2 or more public safety answering points. Grant 6
purposes may not include general public safety answering point overhead or staffing 7
costs or costs for providing emergency services or emergency services equipment.
3. The department shall promulgate rules that contain eligibility criteria for 9
grants under subd. 1. based on the recommendations of the 911 subcommittee under 10
par. (d) 4.
4. The department may not award a grant under subd. 1. to more than one 12
public safety answering point per county.
256.35 (3s) (d) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) 4. If funding is made available for the department or another
15state agency to make grants to public safety answering points for training or
16upgrading facilities or services or for implementing Next Generation 911, advise 17Advise
the department or other state agency on
making the awarding Next
grants under par. (bm) 1.
, including advising on appropriate grant
eligibility criteria for the grants. The criteria shall include basic 20
training and service standards that grant applicants must satisfy.