Emergency rules now in effect
Under s. 227.24, Stats., state agencies may promulgate rules without complying with the usual rule-making procedures. Using this special procedure to issue emergency rules, an agency must find that either the preservation of the public peace, health, safety or welfare necessitates its action in bypassing normal rule-making procedures.
Emergency rules are published in the official state newspaper, which is currently the Wisconsin State Journal. Emergency rules are in effect for 150 days and can be extended up to an additional 120 days with no single extension to exceed 60 days.
Occasionally the Legislature grants emergency rule authority to an agency with a longer effective period than 150 days or allows an agency to adopt an emergency rule without requiring a finding of emergency.
Extension of the effective period of an emergency rule is granted at the discretion of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules under s. 227.24 (2), Stats.
Notice of all emergency rules which are in effect must be printed in the Wisconsin Administrative Register. This notice will contain a brief description of the emergency rule, the agency finding of emergency or a statement of exemption from a finding of emergency, date of publication, the effective and expiration dates, any extension of the effective period of the emergency rule and information regarding public hearings on the emergency rule.
Copies of emergency rule orders can be obtained from the promulgating agency. The text of current emergency rules can be viewed at www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code.
Rules adopted creating s. ElBd 1.395, relating to the use of funds in a federal campaign committee that has been converted to a state campaign committee and relating to the use of those converted funds whose contribution to the federal committee would not have been in compliance with Wisconsin law if the contribution had been made directly to a state campaign committee.
Finding of Emergency
The Elections Board finds that an emergency exists in the recent change in federal law that permits the transfer of the funds in a federal candidate campaign committee's account to the candidate's state campaign committee account and finds that a rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety or welfare. A statement of the facts constituting the emergency is as follows:
Since the Bi-Partisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BICRA), transfers of funds from a federal campaign committee to a state campaign committee had not been authorized under federal law. In November, 2004, Congress amended the Federal Election Campaign Act, (H.R. 4818, s.532(3) and 532(4), to permit the transfer of a federal candidate's campaign committee's funds to the candidate's state campaign committee, if state law permitted, and subject to the state law's requirements and restrictions.
Because of Congress' action in November, 2004, money which had not been available to a state committee under BICRA, and which might not have qualified for use for political purposes in a state campaign because of its source or because of other noncompliance with state law, could now be transferred to a state committee, if state law permitted. Wisconsin law, under the Board's current rule, ElBd 1.39, Wis. Adm. Code, allows for conversion of federal campaign committees, and their funds, to a state campaign committee without regard to the source of those funds and without regard to contribution limitations.
Restricting the use of such money to that money which has been contributed to the candidate's federal committee, under circumstances in which the contribution would have complied with Wisconsin law if it had been given directly to the Wisconsin campaign committee, is found to be in the public interest.
February 3, 2005
February 3, 2005*
July 3, 2005
May 18, 2005
* On February 9, 2005, the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules suspended this emergency rule.
Health and Family Services (2)
(Health, Chs. HFS 110
1. Rules adopted revising ch. HFS 113,
relating to certification of first responders.
Finding of emergency
The Department of Health and Family Services finds that an emergency exists and that the adoption of an emergency rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public, health, safety and welfare. The facts constituting this emergency are:
Currently, first responders are restricted in their provision of emergency medical services (EMS) to performing defibrillation. These amended rules are primarily being published by emergency order to allow first responders to also use the following 2 potentially life-saving skills:
Non-visualized airway, to treat patients who are either not breathing or their airway has been compromised due to trauma or other means; and
The administration of epinephrine, for patients who have suffered a severe allergic reaction.
The Department intends to immediately follow this emergency rule with an identical proposed permanent rulemaking order.
June 6, 2005
June 6, 2005
November 3, 2005
June 27, 2005
June 27, 2005
Exemption from finding of emergency
Section 149.143 (4)
, Stats., permits the Department to promulgate rules required under s. 149.143 (2)
, Stats., by using emergency rulemaking procedures, except that the Department is specifically exempted from the requirement under s. 227.24 (1)
, Stats., that it make a finding of emergency. These are the emergency rules. Department staff consulted with the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) Board of Governors on April 22, 2005 regarding the rules, as required by s. 149.20
The State of Wisconsin in 1980 established a Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP). HIRSP provides major medical health insurance for persons who are covered under Medicare because they are disabled, persons who have tested positive for HIV, and persons who have been refused coverage or who cannot get coverage at an affordable price in the private health insurance market because of their mental or physical health conditions. Also eligible for coverage are persons who recently lost employer-sponsored insurance coverage if they meet certain criteria. According to state law, HIRSP policyholder premium rates must fund sixty percent of plan costs, except for costs associated with premium and deductible reductions. The remaining funding for HIRSP is to be provided by insurer assessments and adjustments to provider payment rates, in co-equal amounts.
HIRSP Plan 1 is for policyholders that do not have Medicare. Ninety-one percent of the 18,530 HIRSP policies in effect in February 2005 were enrolled in Plan 1. Plan 1 has Option A ($1,000 deductible) or Option B ($2,500 deductible). The rates for Plan 1 contained in this rulemaking order increase an average of 15.0% for policyholders not receiving a premium reduction. The average rate increase for policyholders receiving a premium reduction is 12.1%. Rate increases for individual policyholders within Plan 1 range from 7.0% to 16.8%, depending on a policyholder's age, gender, household income, deductible and zone of residence within Wisconsin. By law, Plan 1 rate increases reflect and take into account the increase in costs associated with Plan 1 claims.
HIRSP Plan 2 is for persons eligible for Medicare because of a disability or because they become age-eligible for Medicare while enrolled in HIRSP. Plan 2 has a $500 deductible. Nine percent of the 18,530 HIRSP policies in effect in February 2005 were enrolled in Plan 2. The rate increases for Plan 2 contained in this rulemaking order increase an average of 20.3% for policyholders not receiving a premium reduction. The average rate increase for policyholders receiving a premium reduction is 17.3%. Rate increases for individual policyholders within Plan 2 range from 11.2% to 22.2%, depending on a policyholder's age, gender, household income and zone of residence within Wisconsin. Plan 2 premiums are set in accordance with the authority and requirements set out in s. 149.14 (5m)
June 15, 2005
June 15, 2005
October 12, 2005
July 11, 2005
(Fish, Game, etc., Chs. NR 1-)
Rules were adopted revising s. NR 20.33 (5) (c),
relating to the closure of sturgeon spearing on the Lake Winnebago system.
Finding of emergency
The Department of Natural Resources find that an emergency exists and a rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety or welfare. The facts constituting this emergency are:
During the 2004 sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago, spearers harvested a record 1,303 sturgeon on opening day, exceeding the season harvest cap for adult female sturgeon. the spearing season lasted only two days and resulted in an overall harvest of 1,854 sturgeon. The total harvest included 822 males, 348 juvenile females, and 684 adult females, 509 of which came on opening day, exceeding the harvest cap of 425. Population reduction due to overharvest of lake sturgeon could take years to reverse given the life history of lake sturgeon.
February 2, 2005
February 2, 2005
July 2, 2005
February 23, 2005
Natural Resources (2)
(Environmental Protection - Water Regulation, Chs. NR 300—)
1. Rules adopted revising ch. NR 326,
relating to regulation of piers, wharves, boat shelters, boat hoists, boat lifts and swim rafts in navigable waterways.
Finding of emergency
he emergency rule procedure, pursuant to s. 227.24
, Stats., is necessary and justified in establishing rules to protect the public health, safety and welfare. The Wisconsin Legislature recently enacted 2003 Wisconsin Act 118
, to streamline the regulatory process for activities in public trust waters. The state has an affirmative duty to administer the new law in a manner consistent with the public trust responsibilities of the State of Wisconsin under Article IX, Section I of the Wisconsin Constitution.
2003 Act 118
identifies certain activities that may be undertaken in public trust waters exempt from a permit, or under a general permit. Certain activities may not be undertaken in waters that are defined as "areas of special natural resource interest" or at other locations where the activity would cause detrimental impacts on public rights and interests in navigable waters. Without emergency rules to aid in administering the new law, the following severe problems will occur:
Until general permits are created by rule, any activity which is not exempt requires an individual permit with an automatic 30-day public notice. The required 30-day comment period will unnecessarily delay hundreds of construction projects that otherwise could go ahead with specified conditions for protecting lakes and streams (for example, all new riprap and culvert applications currently require public notices).