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:
Nanotechnology information hub and nanotechnology council.
(a) The board shall maintain in the extension a nanotechnology information hub to 4
promote the development of nanotechnology businesses and gather and disseminate 5
information about environmental health and workplace safety related to 6
nanotechnology. The board shall maintain the nanotechnology information hub for 7
at least 5 years.
(b) The nanotechnology information hub shall do all of the following to foster 9
communication and cooperation between the public and private sectors on matters 10
related to nanotechnology:
1. Facilitate the sharing of specialized equipment and skills related to 12
2. Arrange for periodic events to bring together people interested in 14
3. Establish an interactive Internet platform for receiving and disseminating 16
information on nanotechnology.
4. Monitor, compile, and disseminate emerging scientific research on nanoscale 18
material uses, benefits, and risks.
(c) The nanotechnology information hub shall do all of the following to assist 20
in the development of the nanotechnology industry in this state:
1. Help businesses to identify and access resources to help them to comply with 22
rules and regulations related to nanotechnology, implement best practices for 23
handling nanoscale materials to protect worker safety, and otherwise minimize the 24
risks associated with the use of nanoscale materials in products.
2. Inform businesses that are involved in nanotechnology or that use nanoscale 2
materials in products about business development assistance programs.
3. Inform the public and businesses that are involved in nanotechnology about 4
post-secondary education programs that prepare workers for careers related to 5
4. Monitor and provide information on new and proposed state rules and 7
federal regulations related to nanotechnology.
(d) The nanotechnology information hub shall do all of the following to promote 9
environmental health, research, and workplace safety related to nanotechnology:
1. Inform interested parties about opportunities for federal, state, or other 11
funding for nanotechnology research or other programs related to nanotechnology.
2. Inform the public about the benefits and risks of specific types of nanoscale 13
materials and products containing nanoscale materials.
3. Inform emergency response personnel about the safe handling of nanoscale 15
materials in emergency situations.
4. Collect information voluntarily provided by public and private sector entities 17
in this state about the types and amounts of nanoscale materials being handled or 18
manufactured and the locations of those activities.
5. Undertake other educational, public outreach, and grant activities related 20
6. Report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 22
13.172 (3) on emerging nanotechnology health and safety information and, at the 23
direction of the nanotechnology council, identify needed legislation relating to 24
nanotechnology safety and development.
(e) The nanotechnology information hub shall seek and compete for federal, 2
state, or other funding to support its activities and to be used by the nanotechnology 3
council under par. (g) to make grants through the extension for research and 4
development related to nanotechnology.
(f) The board shall ensure that adequate staff is assigned to provide support 6
to the nanotechnology information hub. The board shall ensure that staff with 7
technical experience with nanoscale materials and knowledge about the 8
occupational and environmental human health effects of nanoscale materials are 9
(g) The nanotechnology council shall meet at least twice every year and shall 11
set policies and priorities for the nanotechnology information hub and make grants 12
through the extension for research and development related to nanotechnology, 13
subject to the availability of funding.
(h) The nanotechnology council shall develop and implement plans for the 15
nanotechnology information hub to sustain its own funding.
(1) Notwithstanding the length of terms specified in section 15.91 (2) (k) (intro.) 18
of the statutes, as created by this act, the governor shall appoint one of the initial 19
members of the nanotechnology council under section 15.917 (2) (k) 1. to 5. of the 20
statutes, as created by this act, for a term ending on July 1, 2014, two of the initial 21
members of the nanotechnology council under section 15.917 (2) (k) 1. to 5. of the 22
statutes, as created by this act, for terms ending on July 1, 2015, and two of the initial 23
members of the nanotechnology council under section 15.917 (2) (k) 1. to 5. of the 24
statutes, as created by this act, for terms ending on July 1, 2016.
(2) All initial members of the nanotechnology council shall be appointed or 2
designated under section 15.917 (2) of the statutes, as created by this act, no later 3
than 90 days after the effective date of this subsection.