2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
March 13, 2014 - Offered by Representative Milroy.
AB843-ASA1,1,3 1An Act to repeal 29.605; to amend 20.370 (1) (ma) of the statutes; and to affect
22013 Wisconsin Act 20, section 9132 (4d); relating to: sporting heritage grants
3and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide
one grant during each fiscal biennium to a nonprofit organization to provide
education to persons who engage in hunting, fishing, and trapping and to establish
and operate programs to recruit persons to engage in those activities. Current law
requires DNR to provide a grant in the amount of $500,000 in the 2013-15 fiscal
biennium and a grant of $450,000 in each fiscal biennium thereafter. Beginning with
grants awarded during fiscal biennium 2015-17, the grant recipient must contribute
$150,000 in funds to be used with the grant awarded by DNR.
In order to be eligible for a grant under current law, a nonprofit organization
is required to meet certain requirements. Among those requirements are that it has
a relationship with a nationally recognized organization that provides firearm safety
education, that it teaches courses on firearm safety and training, that it has a
relationship with a nationally recognized shooting expert, and that it is not an
affiliate of a national federation or organization. Current law provides that the
recipient of the grant must use it to provide programs and education designed to
preserve and protect this state's hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting traditions.

Under current law, grant applications submitted to DNR must be reviewed by
a committee and that committee must submit recommendations to the secretary of
DNR as to which applicant should receive a grant in fiscal year 2013-15.
This bill eliminates the grant program created in Act 20 and the committee
established to review grant applications. The bill also reduces the amount that was
appropriated to DNR to fund the grant program.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB843-ASA1,1 1Section 1. 20.370 (1) (ma) of the statutes, as affected by 2013 Wisconsin Act
, section 280b, is amended to read:
AB843-ASA1,2,63 20.370 (1) (ma) General program operations — state funds. From the general
4fund, the amounts in the schedule for general program operations under ch. 23 and
5ss. 30.40 to 30.49, and for the trapper education program under s. 29.597, and for the
6grant amount under s. 29.605 (1) (b) that is provided in fiscal year 2013-14
AB843-ASA1,2 7Section 2. 29.605 of the statutes, as created by 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, is
AB843-ASA1,3 9Section 3. 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, section 9132 (4d) is repealed.
AB843-ASA1,4 10Section 4. Fiscal changes.
AB843-ASA1,2,1511 (1) In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) of the statutes for the appropriation
12to the department of natural resources under section 20.370 (1) (ma) of the statutes,
13as affected by the acts of 2013, the dollar amount is decreased by $200,000 for the first
14fiscal year of the fiscal biennium in which this subsection takes effect for the purpose
15for which the appropriation is made.