106.40(2)(a)1. 1. Increase the hiring and retention of well-qualified employees in industries related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
106.40(2)(a)2. 2. Promote the coordination of educational systems to develop, train, and retrain employees for current and future careers related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
106.40(2)(a)3. 3. Develop support for employment in fields related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
106.40(2)(a)4. 4. Recommend policies and other changes to improve the efficiency of the development and provision of agricultural education across educational systems.
106.40(2)(b) (b) The council shall seek to accomplish the purposes under par. (a) by advising state agencies on matters related to integrating agricultural education and workforce development systems, including all of the following:
106.40(2)(b)1. 1. The coordination of programs.
106.40(2)(b)2. 2. The exchange of information related to educational and workforce development needs.
106.40(2)(b)3. 3. The monitoring and evaluation of programs.
106.40(2)(c) (c) The council shall identify criteria for evaluating the success of its activities, shall evaluate the success of its activities using those criteria, and shall annually report the results of the evaluation in the report under sub. (5).
106.40(3) (3)Committees.
106.40(3)(a)(a) The council shall create an executive committee that includes the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection or his or her designee, the state superintendent of public instruction or his or her designee, and the secretary of workforce development or his or her designee. The council shall select members of the executive committee so that fewer than half of the members of the executive committee are state employees. The executive committee shall provide guidance to the council and to staff that support the functions of the council. The executive committee shall meet between meetings of the council.
106.40(3)(b) (b) The executive committee may create other committees to assist the council in its work. The committee members may include members of the council, employees of the agencies and educational institutions with members on the council, employees of other state agencies, representatives of organizations, and others. The council and the executive committee shall consider the need for committees on the subjects within the scope of the council's functions under sub. (2) and other subjects determined to be appropriate by the council and the executive committee. A committee shall annually provide a written summary of its meetings and activities to the executive committee for review and inclusion in the report under sub. (5).
106.40(4) (4)Assistance. The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, the department of public instruction, the department of workforce development, the department of natural resources, the technical college system, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the College of Business, Industry, Life Science, and Agriculture of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the College of Natural Resources of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point may assist the council in performing its functions.
106.40(4m) (4m)Meetings. The council shall meet at least annually and may meet at other times on the call of at least 6 members or on the call of the executive committee. Section 15.09 (3) does not apply to the council.
106.40(4s) (4s)Reviews.
106.40(4s)(a)(a) The department of public instruction shall annually prepare a review of agricultural education programs in primary and secondary schools.
106.40(4s)(b) (b) The technical college system shall annually prepare a review of agricultural education programs in technical colleges.
106.40(4s)(c) (c) Each of the individuals specified in s. 15.227 (15) (a) 8. and the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, jointly or individually, shall annually prepare a review of agricultural education programs in the University of Wisconsin System, with input from or review by the University of Wisconsin System administration.
106.40(5) (5)Annual report. In September of each year, the council shall submit a report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature as determined by the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate, under s. 13.172 (3), the governor, the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, the state superintendent of public instruction, the secretary of workforce development, the secretary of natural resources, the chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, the director of the technical college system, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The council shall include all of the following in the report:
106.40(5)(a) (a) A summary of the activities of the council during the fiscal year ending on the preceding June 30.
106.40(5)(am) (am) The reviews prepared under sub. (4s).
106.40(5)(b) (b) The council's reaction to the reviews prepared under sub. (4s).
106.40(5)(c) (c) A list of current and anticipated challenges related to agricultural education.
106.40(5)(d) (d) Recommendations of the council, including any recommendations related to the structure of the council or the termination of the council.
106.40(5)(e) (e) Dissents of any council member related to the activities and recommendations of the council.
106.40 History History: 2007 a. 223; 2011 a. 32; 2017 a. 59 s. 1238, Stats. 2017 s. 106.40.
subch. III of ch. 106 SUBCHAPTER III
EQUAL RIGHTS PROGRAMS
106.50 106.50 Open housing.
106.50(1)(1) Intent. It is the intent of this section to render unlawful discrimination in housing. It is the declared policy of this state that all persons shall have an equal opportunity for housing regardless of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry and it is the duty of the political subdivisions to assist in the orderly prevention or removal of all discrimination in housing through the powers granted under ss. 66.0125 and 66.1011. The legislature hereby extends the state law governing equal housing opportunities to cover single-family residences that are owner-occupied. The legislature finds that the sale and rental of single-family residences constitute a significant portion of the housing business in this state and should be regulated. This section shall be considered an exercise of the police powers of the state for the protection of the welfare, health, peace, dignity, and human rights of the people of this state.
106.50(1m) (1m)Definitions. In this section:
106.50(1m)(ad) (ad) “Advertise" means to publish, circulate, issue or display, or cause to be published, circulated, issued or displayed, any communication, notice, advertisement or sign in connection with the sale, financing or rental of housing.
106.50(1m)(am) (am) “Age", in reference to a member of a protected class, means at least 18 years of age.
106.50(1m)(b) (b) “Aggrieved person" means a person who claims to have been injured by discrimination in housing or believes that he or she will be injured by discrimination in housing that is about to occur.
106.50(1m)(c) (c) “Complainant" means a person who files a complaint alleging discrimination in housing.
106.50(1m)(d) (d) “Conciliation" means the attempted resolution of issues raised by a complaint or by the investigation of the complaint, through informal negotiations involving the aggrieved person, the complainant, the respondent and the department.
106.50(1m)(e) (e) “Condominium" has the meaning given in s. 703.02 (4).
106.50(1m)(f) (f) “Condominium association" means an association, as defined in s. 703.02 (1m).
106.50(1m)(g) (g) “Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of having such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment. “Disability" does not include the current illegal use of a controlled substance, as defined in s. 961.01 (4), or a controlled substance analog, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m), unless the individual is participating in a supervised drug rehabilitation program.
106.50(1m)(h) (h) “Discriminate" means to segregate, separate, exclude, or treat a person or class of persons unequally in a manner described in sub. (2), (2m), or (2r) because of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry.
106.50(1m)(i) (i) “Dwelling unit" means a structure or that part of a structure that is used or intended to be used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by 2 or more persons who are maintaining a common household, to the exclusion of all others.
106.50(1m)(j) (j) “Family" includes one natural person.
106.50(1m)(k) (k) “Family status" means any of the following conditions that apply to a person seeking to rent or purchase housing or to a member or prospective member of the person's household regardless of the person's marital status:
106.50(1m)(k)1. 1. A person is pregnant.
106.50(1m)(k)2. 2. A person is in the process of securing sole or joint legal custody, periods of physical placement or visitation rights of a minor child.
106.50(1m)(k)3. 3. A person's household includes one or more minor or adult relatives.
106.50(1m)(k)4. 4. A person's household includes one or more adults or minor children in his or her legal custody or physical placement or with whom he or she has visitation rights.
106.50(1m)(k)5. 5. A person's household includes one or more adults or minor children placed in his or her care under a court order, under a guardianship or with the written permission of a parent or other person having legal custody of the adult or minor child.
106.50(1m)(km) (km) “Hardship condition" means a situation under which a tenant in housing for older persons has legal custody or physical placement of a minor child or a minor child is placed in the tenant's care under a court order, under a guardianship or with the written permission of a parent or other person having legal custody of the minor child.
106.50(1m)(L) (L) “Housing" means any improved property, or any portion thereof, including a mobile home as defined in s. 101.91 (10), manufactured home, as defined in s. 101.91 (2), or condominium, that is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied, as a home or residence. “Housing" includes any vacant land that is offered for sale or rent for the construction or location thereon of any building, structure or portion thereof that is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied, as a home or residence.
106.50(1m)(m) (m) “Housing for older persons" means any of the following:
106.50(1m)(m)1. 1. Housing provided under any state or federal program that the secretary determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons, as defined in the state or federal program.
106.50(1m)(m)2. 2. Housing solely intended for, and solely occupied by, persons 62 years of age or older.
106.50(1m)(m)3. 3. Housing primarily intended and primarily operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older per dwelling unit.
106.50(1m)(mm) (mm) “Interested person" means an adult relative or friend of a member of a protected class, or an official or representative of a private agency, corporation or association concerned with the welfare of a member of a protected class.
106.50(1m)(nm) (nm) “Member of a protected class" means a group of natural persons, or a natural person, who may be categorized because of sex, race, color, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry.
106.50(1m)(om) (om) “Political subdivision" means a city, village, town or county.
106.50(1m)(q) (q) “Relative" means a parent, grandparent, greatgrandparent, stepparent, step grandparent, brother, sister, child, stepchild, grandchild, step grandchild, greatgrandchild, first cousin, 2nd cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother or half sister or any other person related by blood, marriage or adoption.
106.50(1m)(r) (r) “Rent" means to lease, to sublease, to let or to otherwise grant for a consideration the right of a tenant to occupy housing not owned by the tenant.
106.50(1m)(s) (s) “Respondent" means the person accused in a complaint or amended complaint of discrimination in housing and any other person identified in the course of an investigation as allegedly having discriminated in housing.
106.50(1m)(t) (t) “Sexual orientation" has the meaning given in s. 111.32 (13m).
106.50(1m)(u) (u) “Status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking" means the status of a person who is seeking to rent or purchase housing or of a member or prospective member of the person's household having been, or being believed by the lessor or seller of housing to be, a victim of domestic abuse, as defined in s. 813.12 (1) (am), sexual assault under s. 940.225, 948.02, or 948.025, or stalking under s. 940.32.
106.50(1s) (1s)Department to administer. This section shall be administered by the department through its division of equal rights. The department may promulgate such rules as are necessary to carry out this section. No rule may prohibit the processing of any class action complaint or the ordering of any class-based remedy, or may provide that complaints may be consolidated for administrative convenience only.
106.50(2) (2)Discrimination prohibited. It is unlawful for any person to discriminate:
106.50(2)(a) (a) By refusing to sell, rent, finance or contract to construct housing or by refusing to negotiate or discuss the terms thereof.
106.50(2)(b) (b) By refusing to permit inspection or exacting different or more stringent price, terms or conditions for the sale, lease, financing or rental of housing.
106.50(2)(c) (c) By refusing to finance or sell an unimproved residential lot or to construct a home or residence upon such lot.
106.50(2)(d) (d) By advertising in a manner that indicates discrimination by a preference or limitation.
106.50(2)(e) (e) For a person in the business of insuring against hazards, by refusing to enter into, or by exacting different terms, conditions or privileges with respect to, a contract of insurance against hazards to a dwelling.
106.50(2)(f) (f) By refusing to renew a lease, causing the eviction of a tenant from rental housing or engaging in the harassment of a tenant.
106.50(2)(g) (g) In providing the privileges, services or facilities that are available in connection with housing.
106.50(2)(h) (h) By falsely representing that housing is unavailable for inspection, rental or sale.
106.50(2)(i) (i) By denying access to, or membership or participation in, a multiple listing service or other real estate service.
106.50(2)(j) (j) By coercing, intimidating, threatening or interfering with a person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his or her having exercised or enjoyed, a right granted or protected under this section, or with a person who has aided or encouraged another person in the exercise or enjoyment of a right granted or protected under this section.
106.50(2)(k) (k) In making available any of the following transactions, or in the terms or conditions of such transactions for a person whose business includes engaging in residential real estate-related transactions:
106.50(2)(k)1. 1. The making or purchasing of loans or the provision of other financial assistance for purchasing, constructing, improving, repairing or maintaining housing or the making or purchasing of loans or the provision of other financial assistance secured by residential real estate.
106.50(2)(k)2. 2. Selling, brokering or appraising residential real property.
106.50(2)(L) (L) By otherwise making unavailable or denying housing.
106.50(2m) (2m)Representations designed to induce panic sales. No person may induce or attempt to induce a person to sell or rent housing by representations regarding the present or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person of a particular economic status or a member of a protected class, or by representations to the effect that such present or prospective entry will or may result in any of the following:
106.50(2m)(a) (a) The lowering of real estate values in the area concerned.
106.50(2m)(b) (b) A deterioration in the character of the area concerned.
106.50(2m)(c) (c) An increase in criminal or antisocial behavior in the area concerned.
106.50(2m)(d) (d) A decline in the quality of the schools or other public facilities serving the area.
106.50(2r) (2r)Discrimination against persons with disabilities prohibited.
106.50(2r)(b)(b) Types of discrimination prohibited. In addition to discrimination prohibited under subs. (2) and (2m), no person may do any of the following:
106.50(2r)(b)1. 1. Segregate, separate, exclude or treat unequally in the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, housing to a buyer or renter because of a disability of that buyer or renter, a disability of a person residing in or intending to reside in that housing after it is sold, rented or made available or a disability of a person associated with that buyer or renter.
106.50(2r)(b)2. 2. Segregate, separate, exclude or treat unequally a person in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of housing, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with such housing, because of a disability of that person, a disability of a person residing in or intending to reside in that housing after it is sold, rented or made available or a disability of a person associated with that person.
106.50(2r)(b)3. 3. Refuse to permit, at the expense of a person with a disability, reasonable modifications of existing housing that is occupied, or is to be occupied, by such a person if the modifications may be necessary to afford the person full enjoyment of the housing, except that in the case of rental housing the landlord may, where it is reasonable to do so, condition permission for a modification on the tenant's agreement to restore the interior of the housing to the condition that existed before the modification, other than reasonable wear and tear. The landlord may not increase any customarily required security deposit. Where it is necessary to ensure that funds will be available to pay for the restorations at the end of the tenancy, the landlord may negotiate as part of a restoration agreement a requirement that the tenant pay into an interest-bearing escrow account, over a reasonable period, a reasonable amount of money not to exceed the cost of the restorations. The interest in any such account shall accrue to the benefit of the tenant. If escrowed funds are not used by the landlord for restorations, they shall be returned to the tenant.
106.50(2r)(b)4. 4. Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services that are associated with the housing, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford the person equal opportunity to use and enjoy housing, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the owner of the housing.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 135 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before December 14, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 14, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-14-17)