January 2011 Special Session
2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 4
January 20, 2011 - Offered by Representative Mason.
1An Act to amend
38.28 (1m) (a) 1.; and
20.292 (1) (cr) and 38.31 of the 2
statutes; relating to: grants to technical college districts to reduce
3unemployment; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures;
4granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB4-ASA1, s. 1
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 6
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
AB4-ASA1, s. 2
20.292 (1) (cr) of the statutes is created to read:
(cr) Grants to reduce unemployment.
The amounts in the schedule 2
for grants to technical college districts to reduce unemployment under s. 38.31.
AB4-ASA1, s. 3
38.28 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. "District aidable cost" means the annual cost of operating a 5
technical college district, including debt service charges for district bonds and 6
promissory notes for building programs or capital equipment, but excluding all 7
expenditures relating to auxiliary enterprises and community service programs, all 8
expenditures funded by or reimbursed with federal revenues, all receipts under sub. 9
(6) and ss. 38.12 (9), 38.14 (3) and (9), 118.15 (2) (a), and 118.55 (7r), all receipts from 10
grants awarded under ss. 38.04 (8), (20), (28), and (31), 38.14 (11), 38.26, 38.27, 38.31, 11
38.33, and 38.38, all fees collected under s. 38.24, and driver education and chauffeur 12
1438.31 Grants to reduce unemployment.
In this section:
(a) "Dislocated worker" has the meaning given in 29 USC 2801
(b) "Micropolitan statistical area" means a geographic area defined by the 17
federal office of management and budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, 18
tabulating, and publishing federal statistics.
19(2) Eligibility criteria.
(a) Subject to par. (b) and sub. (6), a district board is 20
eligible for a grant under this section if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
1. The district includes a county, city, or micropolitan statistical area with an 22
unemployment rate of at least 6 percent in 2 or more months during the 12 months 23
preceding the date of the grant application
2. The district includes a county, city, or micropolitan statistical area with an 25
average unemployment rate equal to at least 120 percent of the statewide average
unemployment rate during the 12 months preceding the date of the grant 2
3. The district includes a county, city, or micropolitan statistical area with an 4
unemployment rate that has increased by at least 2 percent during the 12 months 5
preceding the date of the grant application.
(b) The board may not award a grant to a district board under this section 7
unless the district board demonstrates how the grant will serve the area or areas that 8
established the eligibility of the district board for a grant under par. (a).
Subject to sub. (6), the board shall award grants to eligible district 10
boards for the following purposes:
(a) To recruit, enroll, instruct, provide support services to, and pay the tuition 12
and fees of dislocated workers who enroll in the district in an associate degree 13
program, collegiate transfer program, vocational diploma program, or 14
(b) To recruit, enroll, instruct, and provide support services to adults who enroll 16
in the district in a program leading to a certificate of general educational 17
development or a high school equivalency diploma.
(c) To expand existing capacity or create capacity in district board programs for 19
which there are student waiting lists or that address projected workforce needs in 20
The board shall give preference in awarding grants under this 22
section to district boards serving persons residing in areas with the highest 23
24(5) Limitation on use of funds.
A district board may not use a grant awarded 25
under this section to pay any portion of tuition that would otherwise be paid for by
a tuition remission, tuition waiver, tuition reimbursement, or any other state or state 2
or federal financial aid program.
3(6) Compliance with federal law.
The board may modify the eligibility criteria 4
under sub. (2) and the purposes for which grants may be awarded under sub. (3) in 5
order to ensure the eligibility of district boards for grants awarded by the federal 6
government for programs that improve completion rates and train workers for 7
(a) By January 15, 2012, and annually thereafter, the board shall 9
submit a report to the governor and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2). The report 10
shall include all of the following:
1. The district boards awarded grants under this section and how they used the 12
2. The rates of unemployment in the areas in which the grants were disbursed.
3. The number of people who were assisted with each grant awarded, the 15
technical college programs in which they enrolled, the number of people who 16
completed such programs, the number of people who found employment in the 17
district and elsewhere upon completing such programs and their annual salaries, 18
and the tax revenue generated as a result, as estimated by the department of 19
(b) Beginning with the report submitted in 2013, the board shall include 21
The board shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this 23
Using the procedure under section 227.24 of the statutes, the 2
technical college system board shall promulgate rules required under section 38.31 3
(8) of the statutes, as created by this act, for the period before the effective date of the 4
permanent rules promulgated under that section, but not to exceed the period 5
authorized under section 227.24 (1) (c) and (2) of the statutes. Notwithstanding 6
section 227.24 (1) (a), (2) (b), and (3) of the statutes, the technical college system 7
board is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule under this 8
subsection as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of public peace, 9
health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of an emergency for 10
a rule promulgated under this subsection.
(2) Required general fund balance.
Section 20.003 (4) of the statutes does not 12
apply to the action of the legislature in enacting this act.