2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 7, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Wanggaard, Bewley,
Erpenbach, Feyen, Fitzgerald, Hansen, Jacque, Johnson, Marklein, Olsen,
Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Roth, Schachtner, Smith, L. Taylor, Testin
and Wirch, cosponsored by Representatives Spiros,
Billings, Bowen, Brandtjen, Brostoff, Dittrich, Duchow, Edming,
Emerson, Goyke, Hebl, Hesselbein, Hintz, Horlacher, James, Kitchens,
Kolste, Krug, Kulp, Kurtz, Macco, Milroy, Murphy, Mursau, L. Myers,
Neubauer, Novak, Nygren, Ohnstad, Ott, Petryk, Pope, Pronschinske,
Quinn, Ramthun, Riemer, Rodriguez, Rohrkaste, Sanfelippo, Sargent,
Schraa, Shankland, Sinicki, Skowronski, Snyder, Spreitzer, Stafsholt,
Steffen, Stubbs, Stuck, Subeck, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen, C.
Taylor, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler, Vorpagel, Vruwink, Wichgers,
Zimmerman, Kerkman, Jagler and Wittke. Referred to Committee on
Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to renumber and amend
66.0137 (1) (ae); to amend
20.155 (3) (t), 2
20.835 (1) (db), 20.835 (1) (r), 59.23 (2) (s), 66.0137 (3), 66.0137 (4m) (a), 66.0137 3
(5) (c) 1. and 66.0137 (5) (c) 2.; to repeal and recreate
66.0137 (5) (c) 3.; and 4to create
20.155 (3) (u), 66.0137 (1) (af), 66.0137 (1) (am), 66.0137 (1) (ap), 5
66.0137 (1) (c), 66.0137 (5) (c) 1m., 66.0137 (5) (c) 4. and 66.0137 (5) (d) of the 6
statutes; relating to: requiring political subdivisions and Marquette
7University to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a law
8enforcement 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) and
Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for the surviving spouse
and dependent children of a law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty if the
political subdivision or university paid such premiums for the law enforcement
officer while he or she was employed by the political subdivision 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
Also, under the bill, if a political subdivision or Marquette University pays such
health insurance premiums, the political subdivision or university must file a
request for reimbursement for its costs with the Public Service Commission, which
is required to provide reimbursement. The bill allows the PSC to contract with the
Department of Revenue to administer the reimbursements. The reimbursement
payments are funded by a fee called the “police and fire protection fee,” which current
law requires communications providers and prepaid wireless retailers to collect from
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:
20.155 (3) (t) of the statutes is amended to read:
(t) Police and fire protection fee administration.
From the police and 3
fire protection fund, the amounts in the schedule for the costs of administering s. ss.
466.0137 (5) (d) and
20.155 (3) (u) of the statutes is created to read:
(u) Line of duty health insurance reimbursement.
From the police 7
and fire protection fund, a sum sufficient to make reimbursements under s. 66.0137 8
20.835 (1) (db) of the statutes is amended to read:
(db) County and municipal aid account.
A sum sufficient to make 11
payments to counties, towns, villages, and cities under s. 79.035, less the amount 12
paid from the appropriation appropriations
under par. (r) and s. 20.155 (3) (u)
20.835 (1) (r) of the statutes is amended to read:
(r) County and municipal aid account; police and fire protection
From the police and fire protection fund, after deducting the amounts
appropriated from that fund under ss. 20.155 (3) (t) and 20.465 (3) (q) and (qm) and
2the amount paid from the appropriation under s. 20.155 (3) (u)
, all moneys received 3
from the fees collected under s. 196.025 (6) to make the payments under s. 79.035.
59.23 (2) (s) of the statutes is amended to read:
(s) List of local officials.
Annually, on the first Tuesday of June, 6
transmit to the secretary of state a list showing the name, phone number, electronic 7
mail address, and post-office address of local officials, including the chairperson, 8
mayor, president, clerk, treasurer, council and board members, and assessor of each 9
municipality, and of the elective or appointive officials of any other local 10
governmental unit, as defined in s. 66.0135 (1) (c), that is located wholly or partly 11
within the county. Such lists shall be placed on file for the information of the public. 12
The clerk, secretary, or other administrative officer of a local governmental unit, as 13
defined in s. 66.0137 (1) (ae) (as)
, shall provide the county clerk the information he 14
or she needs to complete the requirements of this paragraph.
66.0137 (1) (ae) of the statutes is renumbered 66.0137 (1) (as) and 16
amended to read:
(as) “Local governmental unit" means a municipality, county 18political subdivision
, school district (as enumerated in s. 67.01 (5)), sewerage district, 19
drainage district, and, without limitation because of enumeration, any other political 20
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, 23
as a direct and proximate result of one or more of the following, sustained by a law 24
enforcement officer or fire fighter while he or she was engaged in a line of duty
activity or that arose out of and as a result of such an individual's performance of a 2
line of duty activity:
1. A personal injury.
2. The contraction of an infectious disease.
3. Exposure to hazardous materials or conditions.
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 9
and preventing crime and enforcing laws or ordinances and who is authorized to 10
make arrests for violations of the laws or ordinances that the person is employed to 11
2. Any jailer who, under the direction of a sheriff under s. 59.27 (1), keeps 13
persons in a county jail.
3. A Marquette University police officer, as defined in s. 175.42 (1) (b).
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 or fire fighter that is required or authorized by 18
law, rule, regulation, or condition of employment and for which compensation is 19
provided by his or her employing agency or would have been eligible to have been 20
provided by the employing agency if the law enforcement officer or fire fighter had 21
been 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 or Marquette University provides for the payment of premiums for 17
hospital, surgical, and other health insurance for its law enforcement officers, it shall 18
continue to pay such premiums for the surviving spouse and dependent children of 19
the law enforcement officer who dies while in the line of duty.
66.0137 (5) (c) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) 2. A municipality
political subdivision or Marquette University 22
may not be required to pay the premiums described in subd. 1. or 1m.
for a surviving 23
spouse upon the remarriage of the surviving spouse or upon the surviving spouse 24
reaching the age of 65.
66.0137 (5) (c) 3. of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read: