2009 WISCONSIN ACT 205
An Act to renumber and amend 71.36 (1m);
to amend 32.02 (1) and 66.0303 (1); and to create 66.0304, 71.05 (1) (c) 10., 71.26 (1m) (k), 71.36 (1m) (b) 2. and 71.45 (1t) (k) of the statutes; relating to: authorizing two or more cities, villages, towns, or counties, or a combination of such political subdivisions, to create a commission to issue conduit revenue bonds and exercise eminent domain authority and exempting from taxation interest on such bonds.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
32.02 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
32.02 (1) Any county, town, village, city, including villages and cities incorporated under general or special acts, school district, the department of health services, the department of corrections, the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin System, the building commission, a commission created by contract under s. 66.0301, with the approval of the municipality in which condemnation is proposed, a commission created by contract under s. 66.0303 that is acting under s. 66.0304, if the condemnation occurs within the boundaries of a member of the commission, or any public board or commission, for any lawful purpose, but in the case of city and village boards or commissions approval of that action is required to be granted by the governing body. A mosquito control commission, created under s. 59.70 (12), and a local professional football stadium district board, created under subch. IV of ch. 229, may not acquire property by condemnation.
66.0303 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
66.0303 (1) In this section, "municipality" has the meaning given in s. 66.0301 (1) (a), except that with regard to agreements described in s. 66.0304, "municipality" includes a political subdivision, as defined in s. 66.0304 (1) (f).
66.0304 of the statutes is created to read:
66.0304 Conduit revenue bonds. (1) Definitions. In this section:
(a) "Agreement" means a contract entered into under this section by the political subdivisions which form a commission. The contract may be amended according to the terms of the contract, and the amended contract remains an agreement.
(b) "Bond" means any bond, note or other obligation of a commission issued under this section, including any refunding bond or certificate of participation or lease-purchase agreement.
(c) "Commission" means an entity created by two or more political subdivisions, who contract with each other under s. 66.0301 (2) or 66.0303 (2), for the purpose of issuing bonds under this section.
(d) "Member" means a party to an agreement.
(e) "Participant" means any public or private entity, including a federally recognized Indian tribe or band, that contracts with a commission for the purpose of financing or refinancing a project that is owned, sponsored, or controlled by the public or private entity.
(f) "Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county in this state or any city, village, town, county, district, authority, agency, commission, or other similar governmental entity in another state.
(g) "Project" means any capital improvement, purchase of receivables, property, assets, commodities, bonds or other revenue streams or related assets, working capital program, or liability or other insurance program, located within or outside of this state.
(ge) "Public official" means an individual who holds, or has held, a local public office, as that term is defined in s. 19.42 (7w), for a political subdivision in this state.
(h) "Revenue" means all moneys and fees received from any source by a commission.
(2) Attorney general review. (a) Before an agreement may take effect, the proposed agreement shall be submitted to the attorney general who shall determine whether the agreement is in proper form and compatible with the laws of this state. Subject to sub. (3) (d), the attorney general shall approve any agreement submitted under this subsection unless the attorney general finds that it does not meet the conditions set forth in this section and details in writing addressed to the concerned political subdivisions' governing bodies the specific respects in which the proposed agreement fails to meet the requirements of law. Failure to disapprove an agreement submitted under this subsection within 90 days of its submission constitutes approval. The attorney general, upon submission of an agreement, shall transmit a copy of the agreement to the governor, who may consult with any state department or agency. The governor shall forward to the attorney general any comments the governor may have concerning the agreement.
(b) No approval is required under this subsection for an amendment to an agreement to take effect, unless the amendment is to add a member or unless otherwise required by the terms of the agreement. A commission may not be dissolved under sub. (4m) without the approval of the attorney general, who shall certify to the commission and the participants that the dissolution resolution provides for the payment of any outstanding bonds or other obligations of the commission.
(3) Creation and organization. (a) Two or more political subdivisions may create a commission for the purpose of issuing bonds by entering into an agreement to do so under s. 66.0301 (2) or 66.0303 (2), except that upon its creation all of the initial members of a commission shall be political subdivisions that are located in this state. A commission that is created as provided in this section is a unit of government, and a body corporate and politic, that is separate and distinct from, and independent of, the state and the political subdivisions which are parties to the agreement.
(b) A commission shall be governed by a board, the members of which shall be appointed under the terms of the agreement. A majority of the board members shall be public officials or current or former employees of a political subdivision that is located in this state. Board members may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in performing their duties to the extent provided in the agreement or the bylaws of the commission.
(c) An additional political subdivision may become a member of a commission, and a member may withdraw from a commission, as provided in the agreement. For an agreement to be valid, at least one commission member shall be a political subdivision that is located in this state and a commission shall consist of at least 2 political subdivisions. A commission may not take any action under this paragraph that would invalidate an agreement.
(d) No commission may be created under this section unless its agreement is submitted to the attorney general, under sub. (2), before the first day of the 5th month beginning after the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date]. Only one commission may be formed under this section. If more than one agreement is submitted to the attorney general before the first day of the 5th month beginning after the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], the attorney general must give preference to the agreement that submits with its documents a demonstration of support for its agreement from at least one statewide organization located in this state which represents the interests of political subdivisions and has political subdivisions among its membership.
(4) Powers of a commission. A commission has all of the powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes and provisions of this section. In addition to all other powers granted by this section, a commission may do any of the following:
(a) Adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business.
(b) Sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded.
(c) Acquire, buy, sell, lease as lessor or lessee, encumber, mortgage, hypothecate, pledge, assign, or transfer any property or interest in property that is located within or outside of this state.
(d) Enter into contracts related to the issuance of bonds.
(e) Issue bonds or refunding bonds, subject to sub. (5), to finance or refinance a project, including funding a reserve fund or capitalized interest, payment of costs of issuance and other costs related to the financing or refinancing, or credit enhancement, and enter into agreements related to the issuance of bonds, including liquidity and credit facilities, remarketing agreements, insurance policies, guaranty agreements, letter of credit or reimbursement agreements, indexing agreements, interest rate swap agreements, currency exchange agreements, commodity swap agreements, and other hedge agreements and any other like agreements, in each case with such payment, interest rate, currency security, remedy, and other terms and conditions as the commission determines.
(f) Employ or appoint agents, employees, finance professionals, and special advisers as the commission finds necessary and fix their compensation.
(g) Accept gifts, loans, or other aid.
(h) Establish and collect fees, plus administrative expenses, from participants who benefit from the commission's services, or services provided by an outside entity, and distribute the fees and expenses as provided in the agreement.
(i) Make loans to, lease property from or to, or enter into any other kind of an agreement with a participant or other entity, in connection with financing a project.
(j) Mortgage, pledge, or otherwise encumber the commission's property or its interest in projects.
(k) Assign or pledge any portion of its interests in mortgages, deeds of trust, indentures of mortgage or trust, leases, purchase or sale agreements or other financing agreements, or similar instruments, notes, and security interests in property, of a participant, or contracts entered into in connection with bonds.
(L) Issue, obtain, or aid in obtaining, from any person, any insurance or guarantee to, or for, the payment or repayment of interest or principal, or both, on any loan, lease, bond, or other obligation evidencing or securing such a loan, lease, bond, or obligation that is entered into under this section.
(m) Apply on its own behalf or on behalf of a participant to any unit of government for an allocation of volume cap, tax credit, subsidy, grant, loan, credit enhancement, or any other federal, state, or local program in connection with the financing or refinancing of a project.
(n) Invest any bond proceeds or any money held for payment or security of the bonds, or any contract entered into under this section, in any securities or obligations permitted by the resolution, trust agreement, indenture, or other agreement providing for issuance of the bonds or the contract.
(o) At the request of a participant, combine and pledge revenues of multiple projects for repayment of one or more series of bonds issued under this section.
(p) Purchase bonds issued by or on behalf of, or held by, any participant. Bonds purchased under this paragraph may be held by the commission or sold, in whole or in part, separately or together with other bonds issued by the commission.
(4m) Dissolution of a commission. Subject to sub. (2) (b) and subject to providing for the payment of its bonds, including interest on the bonds, and the performance of its other contractual obligations, a commission may be dissolved, by resolution, as provided in the agreement. If the commission is dissolved, the property of the commission shall be transferred to the political subdivisions who are parties to the agreement creating the commission as provided in the agreement.
(5) Issuance of bonds. (a) A commission may not issue bonds unless the issuance is first authorized by a bond resolution. A bond issued under this section shall meet all of the following requirements:
1. The face of the bond shall include the date of issuance and the date of maturity.
2. The face of the bond shall include the statements required under subs. (9) (c) and (11) (d).
3. The date of maturity may not exceed 50 years from the date of issuance.
4. The bond shall bear a rate of interest, either fixed or variable, specified by the resolution. Any variable rate of interest shall be made subject to a maximum rate.
5. Interest and principal shall be paid at the time and place specified in the resolution.
6. Bonds in a single issue may be composed of a single denomination or 2 or more denominations, as provided in the resolution.
7. The bond shall be payable in lawful money of the United States or, if provided in the resolution, another currency.
8. Bonds shall be registered as provided in the resolution.
9. Bonds shall be in the form, and executed in the manner, provided in the resolution.
(b) A bond issued under this section may include, or be subject to, any of the following:
1. Early mandatory or optional redemption or purchase in lieu of redemption or tender, as provided in the resolution.
2. A provision providing a right to tender.
3. A trust agreement or indenture containing any terms, conditions, and covenants that the commission determines to be necessary or appropriate, but such terms, conditions, and covenants may not be in conflict with the resolution.
(c) The commission may purchase any bond issued under this section. Subject to the terms of any agreement with the bondholders, the commission may hold, pledge, resell, or cancel any bond purchased under this paragraph, except that a purchase under this paragraph may not effect an extinguishment of a bond unless the commission cancels the bond or otherwise certifies its intention that the bond be extinguished.
(d) The proceeds of a bond issued under this section may be used for a project in this state or any other state.
(e) The commission shall send notification to the department of revenue, on a form prescribed by the department, whenever a bond is issued under this section.
(6) Sale of bonds. (a) The sale of bonds under this section shall be conducted as provided in the bond resolution.
(b) A sale may be public or private. Bonds may be sold at the price or prices, and upon the conditions, determined by the commission. The commission shall give due consideration to the recommendations of the participants in the project when determining the conditions of sale.
(c) Bonds that are sold under this section may be serial bonds or term bonds, or both.
(d) If at the time of sale definitive bonds are not available, the commission may issue interim certificates exchangeable for definitive bonds.
(e) The commission shall disclose to any person who purchases a tax-exempt bond issued under this section that the interest received on such a bond is exempt from taxation, as provided in ss. 71.05 (1) (c) 10., 71.26 (1m) (k), 71.36 (1m), and 71.45 (1t) (k).
(7) Bond security. (a) The commission may secure bonds by a trust agreement or indenture by and between the commission and one or more corporate trustees. A bond resolution, trust agreement, or indenture may contain provisions for pledging properties, revenues, and other collateral; holding and disbursing funds; protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of bondholders; restricting individual rights of action by bondholders; and amendments, and any other provisions the commission determines to be reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders or contracts entered into under this section in connection with the bonds.
(b) A pledge of property, revenues, or other collateral by a commission to secure the payment of the principal or redemption price of, or interest on, any bonds, or any reimbursement or similar agreement with any provider of credit enhancement for bonds, or any swap or other agreement entered into in connection with bonds, is binding on the parties and on any successors. The collateral shall immediately be subject to the pledge, and the pledge shall constitute a lien and security interest which shall attach immediately to the collateral and be effective, binding, and enforceable against the pledgor, its successors, purchasers of the collateral, creditors, and all others, to the extent set forth, and in accordance with, the pledge document irrespective of whether those parties have notice of the pledge and without the need for any physical delivery, recordation, filing, or further act.
(8) No personal liability. No board member of the commission 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.