2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2014 - Introduced by Senators Darling,
S. Fitzgerald, Cowles,
Gudex, Harsdorf, Leibham, Olsen, Petrowski, Carpenter, Harris, Jauch,
Shilling, L. Taylor, Vinehout, Wirch and Lehman, cosponsored by
Representatives Nygren, Bies, Ballweg, Bernier, Born, Brooks, Endsley,
Kaufert, Kleefisch, Knudson, Kooyenga, Krug, T. Larson, LeMahieu,
Marklein, Murphy, Mursau, A. Ott, Petryk, Schraa, Spiros, Strachota,
Tranel, Weatherston, Barnes, Berceau, Bernard Schaber, Billings, Clark,
Doyle, Goyke, Hesselbein, Hintz, Johnson, Kahl, Kolste, Mason, Ohnstad,
Pasch, Riemer, Richards, Ringhand, C. Taylor, Wachs, Wright and Young.
Referred to Joint Committee on Finance.
1An Act to create
165.95 (5) (bg) and 165.95 (5p) of the statutes; relating to:
2providing grants to counties that offer substance abuse treatment and
3diversion from incarceration and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) provides grants to counties
that have established qualifying treatment and diversion (TAD) programs for
persons who are or may be charged with, or who are convicted of, an offense related
to the person's use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs. TAD programs are intended
to offer alternatives to prosecution or incarceration. Current law requires DOJ to
evaluate the grant program every two years.
This bill increases funding for TAD grants by $1,500,000 in each fiscal year of
the current fiscal biennium. The bill requires each county that receives a TAD grant
to submit to DOJ data requested by DOJ for the purpose of evaluating the
effectiveness of the county's TAD program. The bill requires DOJ to prepare an
annual progress report using that data and, every five years, to prepare a
comprehensive report for submission to the legislature that provides a cost benefit
analysis of the TAD grant program.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
165.95 (5) (bg) of the statutes is created to read:
(bg) A county that receives a grant under this section shall submit 3
data requested by the department of justice to the department of justice each month. 4
The department of justice may request any data regarding the project funded by the 5
grant that is necessary to evaluate the project and prepare the reports under sub. 6
165.95 (5p) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) The department of justice shall, annually, analyze the data 9
submitted under sub. (5) (bg) and prepare a progress report that evaluates the 10
effectiveness of the grant program. The department of justice shall make the report 11
available to the public.
(b) The department of justice shall, every 5 years, prepare a comprehensive 13
report that analyzes the data it receives under sub. (5) (bg) and the annual reports 14
it produces under par. (a). The department of justice shall include in this 15
comprehensive report a cost benefit analysis of the grant program and shall submit 16
the report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the 17
legislature under s. 13.172 (2).
(1) Treatment and diversion programs.
In the schedule under section 20.005 20
(3) of the statutes for the appropriation to the department of justice under section 21
20.455 (2) (em) of the statutes, as affected by the acts of 2013, the dollar amount is 22
increased by $1,500,000 for the first fiscal year of the fiscal biennium in which this 23
subsection takes effect to provide grants for counties that establish alternatives for 24
prosecution and incarceration. In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) of the 25
statutes for the appropriation to the department of justice under section 20.455 (2)
(em) of the statutes, as affected by the acts of 2013, the dollar amount is increased 2
by $1,500,000 for the second fiscal year of the fiscal biennium in which this 3
subsection takes effect to provide grants for counties that establish alternatives for 4
prosecution and incarceration.