2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
March 20, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Kleefisch, Milroy, Berceau,
Born, R. Brooks, Considine, Danou, Doyle, Edming, Heaton, Hesselbein,
Hintz, Jacque, Kolste, Kremer, Krug, Kulp, T. Larson, Mason, Meyers,
Murphy, Mursau, Murtha, Ohnstad, A. Ott, Petersen, Petryk, Quinn, Ripp,
Skowronski, Spreitzer, Steffen, Subeck, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Vorpagel,
Wachs, Weatherston and Zamarripa, cosponsored by Senators Moulton,
Miller, Cowles, Lassa, Olsen, Vinehout and Wirch. Referred to Committee
on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage.
1An Act to amend
20.370 (5) (fs), 20.370 (5) (ft), 29.565 (title), 29.565 (1), 29.89 2
(title), 29.89 (2), 29.89 (3) (b), 29.89 (3) (d), 29.89 (3) (e), 29.89 (4) and 29.89 (5) 3
(a) of the statutes; relating to: authorizing reimbursement to counties for the
4costs incurred in processing and donating certain wild turkeys.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources administers a
program to reimburse eligible counties for the costs incurred in processing and
donating venison from certain deer (venison donation program). To be eligible for
participation in the venison donation program, the county must accept deer
carcasses for processing, it must pay the costs of the processing, and it must make
reasonable efforts to donate the venison to a food distribution service or a charitable
organization. Another eligibility requirement is that the county must participate in
the wildlife damage abatement program and the wildlife damage claim program
(wildlife damage programs). The wildlife damage programs reimburse a county for
certain costs incurred for providing abatement assistance or for paying damage
claims with respect to wildlife damage that occurs in the county. The venison
donation program is funded in part by a wildlife damage surcharge on, and by
voluntary contributions paid by persons who purchase, certain hunting approvals.
This bill expands the venison donation program to include wild turkey. Under
the bill, a county is eligible to receive reimbursement for the costs incurred in
processing and donating wild turkey, as well as the costs incurred in processing and
donating venison, if the county accepts deer or wild turkey carcasses for processing
and meets the other eligibility requirements for participation in the 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:
20.370 (5) (fs) of the statutes is amended to read:
(fs) Venison and wild turkey processing.
Biennially, the amounts in 3
the schedule from moneys received under s. 29.563 (13) for the venison
processing and donation program under s. 29.89 and for promotional and 5
educational activities and materials to encourage voluntary contributions under s. 6
20.370 (5) (ft) of the statutes is amended to read:
(ft) Venison and wild turkey processing; voluntary contributions.
moneys received from voluntary contributions under s. 29.565 to be used for 10
payments under the venison and wild turkey
processing and donation program 11
under s. 29.89 and for promotional and educational activities and materials to 12
encourage voluntary contributions under s. 29.565.
29.565 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Voluntary contributions; venison and wild turkey
15processing and grant donation program.
29.565 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
Any applicant for a hunting license listed under s. 29.563 (2) (a) or 18
(b) may, in addition to paying any fee charged for the license, elect to make a 19
voluntary contribution of at least $1 to be used for the venison and wild turkey 20
processing and donation program under s. 29.89.
29.89 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Venison and wild turkey processing and donation program.
29.89 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
29.89 (2) Establishment of program.
The department shall establish a 5
program to reimburse counties for the costs that they incur in processing and 6
donating venison from certain deer carcasses and in processing and donating meat
7from certain wild turkey carcasses
29.89 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The county accepts deer carcasses or wild turkey carcasses
29.89 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) The county pays for the costs of processing the venison or wild
29.89 (3) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
(e) The county shall make reasonable efforts to donate the venison or
16wild turkey meat
as provided under sub. (4).
29.89 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
29.89 (4) Donations authorized.
A county may donate the processed venison 19or process wild turkey meat
to a food distribution service or a charitable 20
organization. The county may require that the carcasses be field dressed before 21
accepting them for processing.
29.89 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) Subject to par. (c), reimbursement under this section shall equal 24
the costs, including administrative costs, that a county incurs in processing the
venison or wild turkey meat
and in donating the processed venison or wild turkey
under sub. (4).