The ombudsman shall receive, upon request to a long-term care facility, the name, address and telephone number of the guardian, legal counsel or immediate family member of any resident.
A long-term care facility or personnel of a long-term care facility that disclose information as authorized under this subsection are not liable for that disclosure.
Information of the office relating to a client, complaints or investigations under the program may be disclosed only at the discretion of the ombudsman or his or her designated representative. The identity of a client or named witness or of a resident who is not a client may be revealed under this paragraph only if one of the following conditions is met:
Under written authorization by the client, witness or resident or his or her guardian, if any.
Under the lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Discharge or otherwise retaliate or discriminate against any person for contacting, providing information to or otherwise cooperating with any representative of the board.
Discharge or otherwise retaliate or discriminate against any person on whose behalf another person has contacted, provided information to or otherwise cooperated with any representative of the board.
Any person who violates par. (a)
may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both.
Any employee who is discharged or otherwise retaliated or discriminated against in violation of par. (a)
may file a complaint with the department of workforce development under s. 106.54 (5)
Any person not described in par. (d)
who is retaliated or discriminated against in violation of par. (a)
may commence an action in circuit court for damages incurred as a result of the violation.
Women's council. 16.01(1)(1)
In this section, “agency" means any office, department, agency, institution of higher education, association, society or other body in state government created or authorized to be created by the constitution or any law which is entitled to expend moneys appropriated by law, including the legislature and the courts, and any authority created under subch. II of ch. 114
or ch. 231
Identify the barriers that prevent women in this state from participating fully and equally in all aspects of life.
Conduct statewide hearings on issues of concern to women.
Review, monitor and advise all state agencies regarding the impact upon women of current and emerging state policies, procedures, practices, laws and administrative rules.
Work closely with all state agencies, including the University of Wisconsin System and the technical college system, with the private sector and with groups concerned with women's issues to develop long-term solutions to women's economic and social inequality in this state.
Recommend changes to the public and private sectors and initiate legislation to further women's economic and social equality and improve this state's tax base and economy.
Disseminate information on the status of women in this state.
Submit a biennial report on the women's council's activities to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3)
All state agencies, including the University of Wisconsin System and the technical college system, shall fully cooperate with and assist the women's council. To that end, a representative of a state agency shall, upon request by the women's council:
Provide information on program policies, procedures, practices and services affecting women.
Present recommendations to the women's council.
Attend meetings and provide staff assistance needed by the women's council.
Inform the agency's appointing authority of issues concerning the women's council.
Fleet management and maintenance. 16.04(1)
The department shall ensure optimum efficiency and economy in the fleet management and maintenance activities of all agencies as defined in s. 16.52 (7)
. The department may:
Develop uniform state policies and guidelines for vehicle and aircraft acquisition, use, maintenance, recording of operational and other costs, performance evaluation and replacement of vehicles and aircraft. The department shall incorporate the fuel usage policies under s. 16.045 (4m)
in any policies or guidelines developed under this paragraph.
Establish guidelines for the use by agencies of charter air travel or travel by private aircraft.
Screen all requests for additional or replacement vehicle or aircraft acquisitions prior to forwarding the requests to the governor in accordance with s. 20.915 (1)
Maintain a current inventory of all state-owned or leased motor vehicles and aircraft.
(1e) Subsection (1)
does not preclude the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System from accepting a gift of a motor vehicle.
When requested by the governor or the joint committee on finance, the department shall submit a report to the governor and the joint committee on finance on the details of all costs associated with fleet operations, based upon a statewide uniform cost accounting system.
Each agency which is authorized by the department may operate a vehicle or aircraft fleet. Each such agency shall assign a fleet manager who shall operate the agency's fleet in accordance with policies, guidelines and rules adopted by the department to implement this section.
Each fleet manager shall review the use of state-owned or leased vehicles or aircraft within his or her agency at least semiannually to determine whether usage criteria are being met. The department shall periodically audit the agencies' records relating to fleet operations and the use of state-owned or leased vehicles or aircraft.
The department shall provide central scheduling and dispatching of all air transportation on state-owned aircraft.
The department shall develop operational policies for all state employees who act as pilots-in-command of any state-owned aircraft, including, but not limited to, crew rest requirements, current flight training, flight checks and flight physical examinations.
Gasohol, alternative fuels, and hybrid-electric vehicles. 16.045(1)(a)
“Agency" means an office, department, independent agency, institution of higher education, association, society, or other body in state government created or authorized to be created by the constitution or any law, that is entitled to expend moneys appropriated by law, including the legislature and the courts, but not including an authority created in subch. II of ch. 114
or in ch. 231
, or 279
“Alternative fuel" means any of the following fuels the use of which the department of natural resources finds would improve air quality as compared to the use of gasoline or petroleum-based diesel fuel:
Any other fuel except gasohol that the department of natural resources finds to be composed substantially of material other than petroleum, the use of which would yield substantial environmental benefits.
“Biodiesel fuel" means a fuel that is comprised of monoalkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, either in pure form or mixed in any combination with petroleum-based diesel fuel.
“Flex fuel vehicle" means a vehicle designed to operate on gasoline, a blend of a fuel marketed as gasoline and 85 percent ethanol or a higher percentage of ethanol, or a mixture of gasoline and that blend.
“Gasohol" means any motor fuel containing at least 10 percent alcohol the use of which the department of natural resources finds would improve air quality as compared to the use of gasoline or petroleum-based diesel fuel.
“Hybrid-electric vehicle" means a vehicle that has a chemically fueled internal combustion engine which is capable of operating on gasoline, one or more alternative fuels, or diesel fuel, or by means of a gas turbine, and is also equipped with an electric motor and an energy storage device.
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage agencies to store no motor fuel except gasohol or alternative fuel in facilities maintained by the agencies for the storage of fuel for and the refueling of state-owned or state-leased vehicles. This subsection does not authorize construction or operation of such facilities.
The department shall, by the most economical means feasible, place a copy of the current list of gasohol and alternative fuel refueling facilities received from the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection under s. 100.265
in each state-leased motor vehicle that is stored on state property for more than 7 days and in each state-owned motor vehicle. The department shall also make reasonable efforts to inform state officers and employees whose responsibilities make them likely to be using motor vehicles in connection with state business of the existence and contents of the list maintained under s. 100.265
and of any revisions thereto. The department may distribute the list or information relating to the list with salary payments or expense reimbursements to state officers and employees.
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage all state employees to utilize hybrid-electric vehicles or vehicles that operate on gasohol or alternative fuel for all state-owned or state-leased motor vehicles whenever such utilization is feasible. However, the department shall not lease or purchase any hybrid-electric vehicle, or authorize the lease or purchase of any hybrid-electric vehicle, unless the manufacturer certifies to the department that final assembly of the vehicle occurred in the United States.
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage all agencies to collectively reduce the usage of gasoline and diesel fuel in state-owned vehicles that is petroleum-based below the total amount that the agencies used in 2006 by at least the following percentages:
The department shall, whenever feasible and cost-effective, encourage distribution of gasohol and alternative fuels and usage of hybrid-electric vehicles or vehicles that operate on gasohol or alternative fuels by officers and employees who use personal motor vehicles on state business and by residents of this state generally.
Each administrator, official or chairperson of the state delegation appointed to represent this state in the administration of any interstate agreement shall file with the law revision committee of the joint legislative council a copy of all minutes, reports, publications and other papers prepared in the administration of the agreement.
History: 1983 a. 308
; 1993 a. 52
American Indian assistance.
The department shall provide information and assistance to American Indians in this state with respect to problems or issues of concern to the American Indian community.
History: 1989 a. 336
Ratification of the midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact.
The midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact contained in s. 16.11
, by and between this state and any other state which ratifies or joins this compact, is ratified and approved.
History: 1983 a. 393
Midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact. 16.11(1)(1)
Article I — Policy and Purpose. 16.11(1)(a)(a)
There is created the midwest interstate low-level radioactive waste compact. The states party to this compact recognize that the congress of the United States, by enacting “The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act", as amended by the “Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985", 42 USC 2021b
, has provided for and encouraged the development of low-level radioactive waste compacts as a tool for disposing of such waste. The party states acknowledge that the congress declared that each state is responsible for providing for the availability of capacity either within or outside the state for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated within its borders, except for waste generated as a result of certain defense activities of the federal government or federal research and development activities. The party states also recognize that the disposal of low-level radioactive waste is handled most efficiently on a regional basis and that the safe and efficient management of low-level radioactive waste generated within the region requires that sufficient capacity to dispose of such waste be properly provided. It is the policy of the party states to enter into a regional low-level radioactive waste disposal compact for the purpose of:
Providing the instrument and framework for a cooperative effort;
Providing sufficient facilities for the proper disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated in the region;
Protecting the health and safety of the citizens of the region;
Limiting the number of facilities required to effectively and efficiently dispose of low-level radioactive waste generated in the region;
Encouraging source reduction and the environmentally sound treatment of waste that is generated to minimize the amount of waste to be disposed of;
Ensuring that the costs, expenses, liabilities and obligations of low-level radioactive waste disposal are paid by generators and other persons who use compact facilities to dispose of their waste;
Ensuring that the obligations of low-level radioactive waste disposal that are the responsibility of the party states are shared equitably among them;
Ensuring that the party states that comply with the terms of this compact and fulfill their obligations under it share equitably in the benefits of the successful disposal of low-level radioactive waste; and
Ensuring the environmentally sound, economical and secure disposal of low-level radioactive wastes.
Implicit in the congressional consent to this compact is the expectation by the congress and the party states that the appropriate federal agencies will actively assist the compact commission and the individual party states to this compact by:
Expeditious enforcement of federal rules, regulations and laws;