114.63(9) (9) Develop a business plan to promote and facilitate spaceport-related educational and commercial development in this state, and to stimulate and improve aerospace science, design, technology, and research in this state, which plan shall include information about the authority and information and analysis about space-related industry, technology, design, manufacturing, marketing, and management. The business plan shall also include proposed funding sources for capital expenditures by the authority, based upon of a feasibility study of potential funding sources conducted by the authority. The business plan shall be developed in cooperation with the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.
114.63(10) (10) Assist any state agency, municipality, or other governmental unit, upon its request, in the development of any spaceport or spaceport facility.
114.63(11) (11) Use the building commission as a financial consultant to assist and coordinate the issuance of bonds under this subchapter.
114.63(12) (12) Comply with all applicable state and federal laws, including all environmental and aeronautics laws, in the exercise of the powers specified under this subchapter.
114.63(13) (13) Comply with all requirements under federal law related to the use or expenditure of federal aid, and comply with all lawful restrictions or conditions imposed by state law or by the terms of any gift, bequest, grant, loan, aid, contribution, or financial assistance relating to the use or expenditure of such funds.
114.63(14) (14) To the extent permitted by applicable state and federal law, attempt to involve and utilize, with respect to any facility or service provided by the authority, disadvantaged individuals, disadvantaged businesses, and minority businesses, as those terms are defined in s. 84.076 (1) (a) to (c).
114.63(15) (15) Establish a safety program that includes the development and implementation of a loss prevention program, safety policies, and regular and periodic facility and equipment inspections.
114.63(16) (16) Attempt to procure adequate liability and property insurance.
114.63(17) (17) Subject to s. 114.64, establish the authority's annual budget and monitor the fiscal management of the authority.
114.63 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.64 114.64 Annual reports.
114.64(1)(1) The authority shall keep an accurate account of all of its activities and of all of its receipts and expenditures, and shall annually in January make a report of its activities, receipts, expenditures, and financial condition to the governor and the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2). The reports shall be in a form approved by the state auditor.
114.64(2) (2)
114.64(2)(a)(a) Within 180 days after April 29, 2006, or within 60 days after the authority receives from any public or private source money sufficient to fund the cost of preparing a business plan, whichever is later, the authority shall submit to the department of administration the business plan specified under s. 114.63 (9) and an estimate of the costs of and funding for any planned projects of the authority described in s. 114.62 (10).
114.64(2)(b) (b) The authority shall update and resubmit the plan under par. (a) upon the request of the department of administration.
114.64(3) (3) For each fiscal year in which the authority receives operating revenues, the authority shall submit to the department of administration an audited financial statement, which shall include notes that explain in detail the specific sources of funding contained in the financial statement.
114.64 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.65 114.65 Maintenance of records.
114.65(1) (1)
114.65(1)(a)(a) Subject to rules promulgated by the department of administration under s. 16.611, the authority may transfer to or maintain in optical disk or electronic format any record in its custody and retain the record in that format only.
114.65(1)(b) (b) Subject to rules promulgated by the department of administration under s. 16.611, the authority shall maintain procedures to ensure the authenticity, accuracy, reliability, and accessibility of records transferred to or maintained in optical disk or electronic format under par. (a).
114.65(1)(c) (c) Subject to rules promulgated by the department of administration under s. 16.611, if the authority transfers to or maintains in optical disk or electronic format any records in its custody, the authority shall ensure that the records stored in that format are protected from unauthorized destruction.
114.65(2) (2)
114.65(2)(a)(a) Any microfilm reproduction of an original record of the authority, or a copy generated from an original record stored in optical disk or electronic format, is considered an original record if all of the following conditions are met:
114.65(2)(a)1. 1. Any device used to reproduce the record on film or to transfer the record to optical disk or electronic format and generate a copy of the record from optical disk or electronic format accurately reproduces the content of the original.
114.65(2)(a)2. 2. The reproduction is on film which complies with the minimum standards of quality for microfilm reproductions, as established by rule of the public records board, or the copy generated from optical disk or electronic format comply with the minimum standards of quality for such copies, as established by rule of the department of administration under s. 16.611.
114.65(2)(a)3. 3. The film is processed and developed in accordance with the minimum standards established by the public records board. This subdivision does not apply to a copy generated from an electronic record.
114.65(2)(a)4. 4. The record is arranged, identified, and indexed so that any individual document or component of the record can be located with the use of proper equipment.
114.65(2)(a)5. 5. The custodian of the record designated by the authority executes a statement of intent and purpose describing the record to be reproduced or transferred to optical disk or electronic format and the disposition of the original record, and executes a certificate verifying that the record was received or created and microfilmed or transferred to optical disk or electronic format in the normal course of business and files the statement in the offices of the authority.
114.65(2)(b) (b) The statement of intent and purpose executed under par. (a) 5. is presumptive evidence of compliance with all conditions and standards prescribed by this subsection.
114.65(3) (3)
114.65(3)(a)(a) Any microfilm reproduction of a record of the authority meeting the requirements of sub. (2) or copy of a record of the authority generated from an original record stored in optical disk or electronic format in compliance with this section shall be taken as, stand in lieu of, and have all the effect of the original document and shall be admissible in evidence in all courts and all other tribunals or agencies, administrative or otherwise, in all cases where the original document is admissible.
114.65(3)(b) (b) Any enlarged copy of a microfilm reproduction of a record of the authority made as provided by this section or any enlarged copy of a record of the authority generated from an original record stored in optical disk or electronic format in compliance with this section that is certified by the custodian as provided in s. 889.08 shall have the same force as an actual-size copy.
114.65(4) (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, the authority shall maintain the confidentiality of records or portions of records held by the authority containing any trade secret, as specified under s. 19.36 (5). Notwithstanding subch. V of ch. 19, any portion of any meeting of the authority concerning trade secrets shall be conducted in closed session and shall in all respects, including in any written record or audio or visual recording of the meeting, remain confidential.
114.65 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.67 114.67 Cooperation with governmental units. To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the authority, the state, any political subdivision of the state, municipality, or other governmental unit may enter into cooperative agreements with the authority for furnishing any facility or service of the state, political subdivision, body politic, or other governmental unit to the authority, including fire and police protection, and may otherwise provide, to the extent permitted by law, any funds, property, or services to the authority.
114.67 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.68 114.68 Political activities.
114.68(1) (1) No employee of the authority may directly or indirectly solicit or receive subscriptions or contributions for any partisan political party or any political purpose while engaged in his or her official duties as an employee. No employee of the authority may engage in any form of political activity calculated to favor or improve the chances of any political party or any person seeking or attempting to hold partisan political office while engaged in his or her official duties as an employee or engage in any political activity while not engaged in his or her official duties as an employee to such an extent that the person's efficiency during working hours will be impaired or that he or she will be tardy or absent from work. Any violation of this section is adequate grounds for dismissal.
114.68(2) (2) If an employee of the authority declares an intention to run for partisan political office, the employee shall be placed on a leave of absence for the duration of the election campaign and if elected shall no longer be employed by the authority on assuming the duties and responsibilities of such office.
114.68(3) (3) An employee of the authority may be granted, by the executive director, a leave of absence to participate in partisan political campaigning.
114.68(4) (4) Persons on leave of absence under sub. (2) or (3) shall not be subject to the restrictions of sub. (1), except as they apply to the solicitation of assistance, subscription, or support from any other employee in the authority.
114.68 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.69 114.69 Liability limited.
114.69(1)(1) Neither the state nor any political subdivision of the state nor any officer, employee, or agent of the state or of a political subdivision who is acting within the scope of employment or agency is liable for any debt, obligation, act, or omission of the authority.
114.69(2) (2) All of the expenses incurred by the authority in exercising its duties and powers under this chapter shall be payable only from funds of the authority.
114.69 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.70 114.70 Issuance of bonds.
114.70(1)(1) The authority may issue bonds for any corporate purpose. All bonds are negotiable for all purposes, notwithstanding their payment from a limited source.
114.70(2) (2) The bonds of each issue shall be payable from sources specified in the bond resolution under which the bonds are issued.
114.70(3) (3) The authority may not issue bonds unless the issuance is first authorized by a bond resolution. Bonds shall bear the dates, mature at the times not exceeding 30 years from their dates of issue, bear interest at the rates, be payable at the times, be in the denominations, be in the form, carry the registration and conversion privileges, be executed in the manner, be payable in lawful money of the United States at the places, and be subject to the terms of redemption, that the bond resolution provides. The bonds shall be executed by the manual or facsimile signatures of the officers of the authority designated by the board. The bonds may be sold at public or private sale at the price, in the manner, and at the time determined by the board. Pending preparation of definitive bonds, the authority may issue interim receipts or certificates that the authority shall exchange for the definitive bonds.
114.70(4) (4) Any bond resolution may contain provisions, which shall be a part of the contract with the holders of the bonds that are authorized by the bond resolution, regarding any of the following:
114.70(4)(a) (a) Pledging or assigning specified assets or revenues of the authority.
114.70(4)(b) (b) Setting aside reserves or sinking funds, and the regulation, investment, and disposition of these funds.
114.70(4)(c) (c) Limitations on the purpose to which or the investments in which the proceeds of the sale of any issue of bonds may be applied.
114.70(4)(d) (d) Limitations on the issuance of additional bonds, the terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured, and the terms upon which additional bonds may rank on a parity with, or be subordinate or superior to, the bonds authorized by the bond resolution.
114.70(4)(e) (e) Funding, refunding, advance refunding, or purchasing outstanding bonds.
114.70(4)(f) (f) Procedures, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent to the amendment, and the manner in which this consent may be given.
114.70(4)(g) (g) Defining the acts or omissions to act that constitute a default in the duties of the authority to the bondholders, and providing the rights and remedies of the bondholders in the event of a default.
114.70(4)(h) (h) Other matters relating to the bonds that the board considers desirable.
114.70(5) (5) Neither the members of the board nor any person executing the bonds is liable personally on the bonds or subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance of the bonds, unless the personal liability or accountability is the result of willful misconduct.
114.70(6) (6) No less than 14 days prior to any commitment by the authority for the issuance of bonds under this section, the authority shall submit the bond resolution to the governor, to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2), and to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance. If, within 14 days after the date on which the bond resolution is submitted to the joint committee on finance, the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the authority that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the bond resolution, the authority may proceed with any commitment for the issuance of bonds under the bond resolution. If, within 14 days after the date on which the bond resolution is submitted to the committee, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the authority that the committee has scheduled a meeting to review the bond resolution, the authority may proceed with any commitment for the issuance of bonds under the bond resolution only upon approval by the committee.
114.70 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.71 114.71 Bond security. The authority may secure any bonds issued under this chapter by a trust agreement, trust indenture, indenture of mortgage, or deed of trust by and between the authority and one or more corporate trustees. The bond resolution providing for the issuance of bonds so secured shall pledge some or all of the revenues to be received by the authority, including to the extent permitted by law any grant, aid, loan, or other contribution, or shall mortgage, assign, or grant security interests in some or all of the property of the authority, or both, and may contain provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders that are reasonable and proper and not in violation of law. A bond resolution may contain any other provisions that are determined by the board to be reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders.
114.71 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.72 114.72 Bonds not public debt.
114.72(1) (1) The state is not liable on bonds of the authority and the bonds are not a debt of the state. Each bond of the authority shall contain a statement to this effect on the face of the bond. The issuance of bonds under this chapter does not, directly, indirectly, or contingently, obligate the state or any political subdivision of the state to levy any tax or to make any appropriation for payment of the bonds. Nothing in this section prevents the authority from pledging its full faith and credit to the payment of bonds issued under this chapter.
114.72(2) (2) Nothing in this chapter authorizes the authority to create a debt of the state, and all bonds issued by the authority under this chapter are payable, and shall state that they are payable, solely from the funds pledged for their payment in accordance with the bond resolution authorizing their issuance or in any trust indenture or mortgage or deed of trust executed as security for the bonds. The state is not liable for the payment of the principal of or interest on any bonds of the authority or for the performance of any pledge, mortgage, obligation, or agreement which may be undertaken by the authority. The breach of any pledge, mortgage, obligation, or agreement undertaken by the authority does not impose any pecuniary liability upon the state or any charge upon its general credit or against its taxing power.
114.72 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.73 114.73 State pledge. The state pledges to and agrees with the holders of bonds, and persons that enter into contracts with the authority under this chapter, that the state will not limit or alter the rights vested in the authority by this chapter before the authority has fully met and discharged the bonds, and any interest due on the bonds, and has fully performed its contracts, unless adequate provision is made by law for the protection of the bondholders or those entering into contracts with the authority.
114.73 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.74 114.74 Refunding bonds.
114.74(1)(1) The authority may issue bonds to fund or refund any outstanding bond, including the payment of any redemption premium on the outstanding bond and any interest accrued or to accrue to the earliest or any subsequent date of redemption, purchase, or maturity.
114.74(2) (2) The authority may apply the proceeds of any bond issued to fund or refund any outstanding bond to purchase, retire at maturity, or redeem any outstanding bond. The authority may, pending application, place the proceeds in escrow to be applied to the purchase, retirement at maturity, or redemption of any outstanding bond at any time.
114.74 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.75 114.75 Limit on amount of outstanding bonds. The authority may not have outstanding at any one time bonds in an aggregate principal amount exceeding $100,000,000, excluding bonds issued to refund outstanding bonds.
114.75 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.76 114.76 Bonds exempt from taxation. The state covenants with the purchasers and all subsequent holders and transferees of bonds issued by the authority, in consideration of the acceptance of any payment for the bonds, that its fees, charges, gifts, grants, revenues, receipts, and other moneys received or to be received, pledged to pay or secure the payment of such bonds shall at all times be free and exempt from all state, city, county, or other taxation provided by the laws of the state.
114.76 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.77 114.77 Funding of certain project costs.
114.77(1) (1) In this section, "spaceport improvement project" means any project to acquire, construct, develop, plan, design, establish, create, improve, enlarge, reconstruct, or equip any spaceport or spaceport facility.
114.77(2) (2) The costs of spaceport improvement projects involving federal aid, in excess of the federal government's share, shall be borne by the authority and the state, except that the state shall pay not more than 50 percent of such excess costs, nor more than $10,000,000 for the cost of a building project or building improvement project and no part of the cost of hangars. The secretary, upon agreement with the authority, may advance up to 10 percent of the amount of any federal aid grant agreement for the payment of project costs of a federal aid project, subject to reimbursement upon final liquidation and settlement of the project with the authority and federal government.
114.77(3) (3) The costs of spaceport improvement projects not involving federal aid shall be borne by the authority and the state. The state shall pay not more than 80 percent of such costs, which may include the cost of the land, the cost of lands or interest in lands deemed necessary for the protection of the aerial approaches, the cost of formulating the project application and preparing the plans and specifications, and the cost of construction and of all facilities deemed necessary for the operation of the spaceport. The state shall contribute not more than $10,000,000 for the cost of a building project or building improvement project and no part of the cost of hangars.
114.77(4) (4) The percentage of the costs borne by the state shall be determined by the department on the basis of the relative importance of the specific project to any state spaceport development program as a whole.
114.77(5) (5) The state shall promote the development of a spaceport system in this state and promote the development of joint spaceports in this state and in adjoining states which mutually benefit citizens of this state and those of adjoining states. The secretary may use the funds provided by the state to assist the authority in matching the federal aid that may become available to the state or available for specific projects or joint projects within this state or in an adjoining state.
114.77(6) (6) All funds provided by the state under this section shall be paid from the appropriation accounts under s. 20.395 (2) (mq), (mv), and (mx).
114.77 History History: 2005 a. 335.
114.78 114.78 Tax exemption. The exercise of the powers granted by this subchapter will be in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state and for the increase of their commerce, welfare, and prosperity, and, as the undertaking of the authority's powers and duties under this subchapter will constitute the performance of an essential public function, the authority shall not be required to pay any taxes or assessments upon or in respect to any property acquired or used by the authority under this subchapter and the authority's income therefrom shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state and by political subdivisions of the state.
114.78 History History: 2005 a. 335.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)