July 8, 2013
The Honorable, the Senate:
The following bill(s), originating in the Senate, have been approved, signed and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State:
Bill Number   Act Number   Date Approved
hist8071Senate Bill 11   29   July 5, 2013
hist8073Senate Bill 41   30   July 5, 2013
hist8075Senate Bill 62   31   July 5, 2013
hist8077Senate Bill 85   32   July 5, 2013
hist8079Senate Bill 116   33   July 5, 2013
hist8081Senate Bill 135   34   July 5, 2013
hist8083Senate Bill 162   35   July 5, 2013
hist8085Senate Bill 200   36   July 5, 2013
(Vetoed in Part)
hist8087Senate Bill 206   37   July 5, 2013
hist8089Senate Bill 207   38   July 5, 2013
Pursuant to s. 35.095 (1)(b), Wisconsin Statutes, the following 2013 Act(s) have been published:
Act Number   Bill Number   Publication Date
hist8072Wisconsin Act 29   11   July 6, 2013
hist8074Wisconsin Act 30   41   July 6, 2013
hist8076Wisconsin Act 31   62   July 6, 2013
hist8078Wisconsin Act 32   85   July 6, 2013
hist8080Wisconsin Act 33   116   July 6, 2013
hist8082Wisconsin Act 34   135   July 6, 2013
hist8084Wisconsin Act 35   162   July 6, 2013
hist8086Wisconsin Act 36   200   July 6, 2013
hist8088Wisconsin Act 37   206   July 6, 2013
hist8090Wisconsin Act 38   207   July 6, 2013
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
July 8, 2013
The Honorable, the Senate:
I have approved Senate Bill 200 as 2013 Wisconsin Act 36 and have deposited it in the Office of the Secretary of State. I have exercised the partial veto in Sections 24, 25, 26, 108 as it relates to certificates under s. 73.03 (5), and 238 as it relates to ss. 73.0302 (title), 73.0302 (5) and 73.0302 (6).
Senate Bill 200 contains a number of reforms to the unemployment insurance law (UI) that will reduce fraud and waste, provide more clarity for employers and result in savings to the unemployment reserve fund. Among the many significant policies in this bill are provisions that require various state departments to revoke or deny licenses or certificates for licenses or applicants that are delinquent to UI contributions upon request of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). These provisions are an important mechanism for recouping delinquent UI contributions and ensuring the health of the unemployment reserve fund. This partial veto protects the integrity of these important provisions. However, the bill includes Business Tax Registration (BTR) certificates among those that may be revoked or denied for unemployment insurance delinquency.
I have exercised the partial veto in Sections 24, 25, 26, 109 as it relates to certificates under s. 73.03 (50), and 238 as it relates to ss. 73.0302 (title), 73.0302 (5) and 73.0302 (6) because the inclusion of BTR certificates in the licensure revocation and denial for UI contribution delinquency provisions of the bill is unnecessarily broad.
All businesses in the state are required to hold BTR certificates in order to operate and as such, inclusion of this certificate is excessively far-reaching. Further, a revocation of a BTR certificate requires the business to close and lay off any employees. If DWD pursues revocation of a BTR certificate, the Department of Revenue could be required to shut down a business for unemployment insurance issues. If a business is closed due to revocation of a BTR certificate, the business would no longer be able to pay its debts to DOR or any other state agency.
Although UI delinquency is a serious issue, there are other tools available to DWD that would bring an employer into compliance without jeopardizing the business’ entire operation.
Respectfully submitted,