2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 29, 2012 - Introduced by Joint Legislative Council. Referred to Joint
Committee on Information Policy and Technology.
1An Act to create
15.917 (2) and 36.25 (55) of the statutes; relating to:
2establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Special Committee on Nanotechnology. It responds to the
committee's instruction to create an entity to promote the development of nanotechnology
in this state by serving as a central information source on the benefits, risks, and
regulations related to nanotechnology, promoting collaboration between the public and
private sectors, providing technical assistance to businesses and researchers,
establishing a state educational program, and otherwise promoting the safe development
This bill directs the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents to
maintain a nanotechnology information hub in the UW-Extension ("the extension"), for
at least 5 years, to promote the development of nanotechnology businesses in this state,
and gather and disseminate information about environmental health and workplace
safety related to nanotechnology. The bill sets forth specific duties for the nanotechnology
information hub. The hub is directed to report to the legislature on emerging
nanotechnology health and safety information, and at the direction of the nanotechnology
council described below, identify needed legislation relating to nanotechnology safety and
The bill creates a nanotechnology council to set policies and priorities for the
nanotechnology information hub and to make grants for research and development
related to nanotechnology, subject to the availability of funding. The bill does not
appropriate any funds for grants but rather directs the nanotechnology hub to seek and
compete for federal, state, or other funding to support its activities and to be used by the
nanotechnology council to make grants.
The nanotechnology council consists of the following members (or their designees):
•The director of the state laboratory of hygiene.
•The secretary of natural resources.
•The secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
•The secretary of health services.
•The secretary of workforce development.
•The chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
•The administrator of the division of emergency management in the department
of military affairs.
•The president of the UW System.
•The president of the technical college system board.
•The president of the board of the Wisconsin Technology Council.
The council also has 5 members each of whom represents one of the following
specific interests relevant to nanotechnology. These members are nominated by the
governor, selected from a list of names submitted by organizations representing the
relevant interest. These members are confirmed by the senate and serve staggered
The nanotechnology council must meet at least twice each year and must develop
and implement plans for the nanotechnology information hub to sustain its own funding.
SB533, s. 1
15.917 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
15.917 (2) Nanotechnology council.
There is created in the University of 3
Wisconsin System a nanotechnology council consisting of the following members:
(a) The director of the state laboratory of hygiene or his or her designee.
(b) The secretary of natural resources or his or her designee.
(c) The secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection or his or her 2
(d) The secretary of health services or his or her designee.
(e) The secretary of workforce development or his or her designee.
(f) The chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development 6
Corporation or his or her designee.
(g) The administrator of the division of emergency management in the 8
department of military affairs or his or her designee.
(h) The president of the University of Wisconsin System or his or her designee.
(i) The president of the technical college system board or his or her designee.
(j) The president of the board of the Wisconsin Technology Council or his or her 12
(k) Five members nominated by the governor, and with the advice and consent 14
of the senate appointed to serve 3-year terms, as follows:
1. A member representing environmental interests, selected from a list of 16
names submitted by environmental organizations.
2. A member representing consumer interests, selected from a list of names 18
submitted by consumer protection organizations.
3. A member representing the interests of public health, selected from a list of 20
names submitted by public health organizations.
4. A member with knowledge and expertise in economic development, selected 22
from a list of names submitted by economic development organizations.
5. A member representing an organization that specializes in technology 24
transfer, selected from a list of names submitted by organizations that specialize in 25
SB533, s. 2
36.25 (55) of the statutes is created to read: