2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
February 25, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Feyen,
Risser, Bewley, Cowles,
Darling, Olsen and Petrowski, cosponsored by Representatives Murphy,
Stubbs, Ballweg, Born, Kulp, Ramthun, Sargent, Skowronski, Subeck, C.
Taylor, Vruwink and Zimmerman. Referred to Committee on Universities,
Technical Colleges, Children and Families.
1An Act to repeal
36.11 (55), 946.13 (12) (b) 2. and 946.13 (12) (c); to renumber
946.13 (12) (a); to consolidate, renumber and amend
(12) (b) (intro.) and 1.; and to create
946.13 (12) (a) 2. of the statutes; relating
4to: University of Wisconsin research contracts.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill changes the requirements that apply to research contracts involving
the University of Wisconsin System (system) or a two-year or four-year UW school.
Current law generally prohibits a public officer or employee from participating in a
contract in which he or she has a private pecuniary interest if the contract involves
the officer's or employee's exercise of discretion as an officer or employee. Current
law exempts from that prohibition contracts between the system or a UW school and
a “research company,” which is defined as an entity engaged in commercial activity
that is related either to research conducted by a system employee or officer or to the
product of such research. The exemption applies if the system employee or officer
responsible for evaluating and managing potential conflicts of interest approves the
contract. In addition, if the contract and all other contracts between the parties
requires $250,000 or more in payments over a 24-month period, the exemption
applies only if the system submits the contract to the Board of Regents of the system
and, within 45 days, the Board of Regents does not notify the system that entering
into the contract would violate the prohibition.
This bill eliminates the exemption described above and creates a different
exemption. The bill changes the definition of “research company” to include entities
engaged in nonprofit activity in addition to those engaged in commercial activity.
Under the bill, the prohibition does not apply if any interest that a system employee
or officer has in a research company has been evaluated and addressed in a
management plan. In addition, the management plan must be issued by the
individual or body responsible for evaluating and managing potential conflicts of
interest. The bill's exemption applies to research contracts entered into, or extended,
modified, or renewed, on the bill's effective date.
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:
36.11 (55) of the statutes is repealed.
946.13 (12) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 946.13 (12) (a) (intro.) 3
and amended to read:
(a) (intro.) In this subsection, “
company" means an entity engaged in commercial or nonprofit 6
activity that is related to research conducted by an employee or officer of the 7University of Wisconsin System system
or to a product of such research.
946.13 (12) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 2. “System” means the University of Wisconsin System.
946.13 (12) (b) (intro.) and 1. of the statutes are consolidated, 11
renumbered 946.13 (12) (b) and amended to read:
(b) Subsection (1) does not apply to a contract between a research 13
company and the University of Wisconsin System
or any institution or college 14
campus within the system for purchase of goods or services, including research, if the 15following apply: 1. The contract is approved by a University of Wisconsin System
16interest that a system
employee or officer has in the research company has been
1evaluated and addressed in a management plan issued by the individual or body 2
responsible for evaluating and managing potential conflicts of interest.
946.13 (12) (b) 2. of the statutes is repealed.
946.13 (12) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
This act first applies to contracts entered into, or extended, modified, or 7
renewed, on the effective date of this subsection.