Date of enactment: April 16, 2018
2017 Assembly Bill 829   Date of publication*: April 17, 2018
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes: Effective date of acts. “Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication."
2017 WISCONSIN ACT 278
An Act to repeal 452.05 (1) (h) and 452.07 (2); to renumber 111.335 (1) (a), 111.335 (1) (cg) 1., 111.335 (1) (cg) 2., 111.335 (1) (cg) 3., 111.335 (1) (cs), 111.335 (1) (cx), 111.335 (1) (d) 2. and 111.335 (1) (e); to renumber and amend 111.335 (1) (b), 111.335 (1) (c), 111.335 (1) (cm), 111.335 (1) (cv) and 111.335 (1) (d) 1.; to amend 440.03 (13) (d), 452.139 (3) and 452.25 (2) (a); to repeal and recreate 440.03 (13) (bm) and 440.03 (13) (d); and to create 111.335 (1m), 111.335 (2) (title), 111.335 (3) (title) and 111.335 (4) of the statutes; relating to: discrimination based on arrest or conviction record under the fair employment law, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
278,1 Section 1. 111.335 (1) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (2) (a).
278,2 Section 2. 111.335 (1) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (2) (b) and amended to read:
111.335 (2) (b) Notwithstanding s. 111.322, it is not employment discrimination because of arrest record to refuse to employ or license, or to suspend from employment or licensing, any individual who is subject to a pending criminal charge if the circumstances of the charge substantially relate to the circumstances of the particular job or licensed activity, except as provided in sub. (4) (a).
278,3 Section 3. 111.335 (1) (c) of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (3) (a) and amended to read:
111.335 (3) (a) Notwithstanding s. 111.322, it is not employment discrimination because of conviction record to refuse to employ or license, or to bar or terminate from employment or licensing, any individual who if any of the following applies to the individual:
1. Has Subject to sub. (4) (b) to (d), the individual has been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other offense the circumstances of which substantially relate to the circumstances of the particular job or licensed activity; or.
2. Is The individual is not bondable under a standard fidelity bond or an equivalent bond where such bondability is required by state or federal law, administrative regulation, or established business practice of the employer.
278,4 Section 4. 111.335 (1) (cg) 1. of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (4) (i) 1.
278,5 Section 5. 111.335 (1) (cg) 2. of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (4) (i) 2.
278,6 Section 6. 111.335 (1) (cg) 3. of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (3) (b).
278,7 Section 7. 111.335 (1) (cm) of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (3) (c) and amended to read:
111.335 (3) (c) Notwithstanding s. 111.322, it is not employment discrimination because of conviction record to refuse to employ as an installer of burglar alarms a person who has been convicted of a felony and has not been pardoned for that felony.
278,8 Section 8. 111.335 (1) (cs) of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (4) (h).
278,9 Section 9. 111.335 (1) (cv) of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (3) (d) and amended to read:
111.335 (3) (d) Notwithstanding s. 111.322, it is not employment discrimination because of conviction record to refuse to employ in a position in the classified service a person who has been convicted under 50 USC, Appendix, section 462 3811 for refusing to register with the selective service system and who has not been pardoned.
278,10 Section 10. 111.335 (1) (cx) of the statutes, as affected by 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, is renumbered 111.335 (3) (f).
278,11 Section 11. 111.335 (1) (d) 1. of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (1m) (a) and amended to read:
111.335 (1m) (a) In this paragraph, “educational “Educational agency" means a school district, a cooperative educational service agency, a county children with disabilities education board, a state prison under s. 302.01, a juvenile correctional facility, as defined in s. 938.02 (10p), a secured residential care center for children and youth, as defined in s. 938.02 (15g), the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Mendota Mental Health Institute, the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, a state center for the developmentally disabled, a private school, a charter school, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian agency under contract with a school board under s. 118.153 (3) (c), or a nonsectarian private school or agency under contract with the board of school directors in a 1st class city under s. 119.235 (1).
278,12 Section 12. 111.335 (1) (d) 2. of the statutes is renumbered 111.335 (3) (e).
278,12m Section 12m. 111.335 (1) (e) of the statutes, as created by 2015 Wisconsin Act 135, is renumbered 111.335 (4) (j).
278,13 Section 13. 111.335 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
111.335 (1m) Definitions. In this section:
(b) “Exempt offense” means any of the following:
1. A violation specified in ch. 940 or s. 948.02, 948.025, 948.03, 948.05, 948.051, 948.055, 948.06, 948.07, 948.075, 948.08, 948.085, or 948.095.
2. A violation of the law of another jurisdiction that would be a violation described in subd. 1. if committed in this state.
(c) “State licensing agency” means a licensing agency that is an agency, as defined in s. 227.01 (1).
(d) “Violent crime against a child” means any of the following:
1. A violation of s. 948.02 (1) or (2), 948.025, 948.03 (2) (a) or (c) or (5) (a) 1., 2., 3., or 4., 948.05, 948.051, 948.055, 948.07, 948.08, 948.085, 948.095, or 948.30 (2).
2. A felony violation of s. 948.03 (3) or (5) (a) 4.
3. A violation of the law of another jurisdiction that would be a violation described in subd. 1. or 2. if committed in this state.
278,14 Section 14 . 111.335 (2) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
111.335 (2) (title) Discrimination because of arrest record; exceptions.
278,15 Section 15 . 111.335 (3) (title) of the statutes is created to read:
111.335 (3) (title) Discrimination because of conviction record; exceptions.
278,16 Section 16. 111.335 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
111.335 (4) Discrimination in licensing. (a) It is employment discrimination because of arrest record for a licensing agency to refuse to license any individual under sub. (2) (b) or to suspend an individual from licensing under sub. (2) (b) solely because the individual is subject to a pending criminal charge, unless the circumstances of the charge substantially relate to the circumstances of the particular licensed activity and the charge is for any of the following:
1. An exempt offense.
2. A violent crime against a child.
(b) It is employment discrimination because of conviction record for a licensing agency to refuse to license any individual under sub. (3) (a) 1. or to bar or terminate an individual from licensing under sub. (3) (a) 1. because the individual was adjudicated delinquent under ch. 938 for an offense other than an exempt offense.
(c) 1. If a licensing agency refuses to license an individual under sub. (3) (a) 1. or bars or terminates an individual from licensing under sub. (3) (a) 1., the licensing agency shall, subject to subd. 2., do all of the following:
a. State in writing its reasons for doing so, including a statement of how the circumstances of the offense relate to the particular licensed activity.
b. Allow the individual to show evidence of rehabilitation and fitness to engage in the licensed activity under par. (d). If the individual shows competent evidence of sufficient rehabilitation and fitness to perform the licensed activity under par. (d), the licensing agency may not refuse to license the individual or bar or terminate the individual from licensing based on that conviction.
2. The requirements under subd. 1. a. and b. do not apply if a conviction is for an exempt offense.
(d) 1. Competent evidence of sufficient rehabilitation and fitness to perform the licensed activity under par. (c) 1. b. may be established by the production of any of the following:
a. The individual's most recent certified copy of a federal department of defense form DD-214 showing the person's honorable discharge, or separation under honorable conditions, from the U.S. armed forces for military service rendered following conviction for any offense that would otherwise disqualify the individual from the license sought, except that the discharge form is not competent evidence of sufficient rehabilitation and fitness to perform the licensed activity if the individual was convicted of any misdemeanor or felony subsequent to the date of the honorable discharge or separation from military service.
b. A copy of the local, state, or federal release document; and either a copy of the relevant department of corrections document showing completion of probation, extended supervision, or parole; or other evidence that at least one year has elapsed since release from any local, state, or federal correctional institution without subsequent conviction of a crime along with evidence showing compliance with all terms and conditions of probation, extended supervision, or parole.
2. In addition to the documentary evidence that may be provided under subd. 1. to show sufficient rehabilitation and fitness to perform the licensed activity under par. (c) 1. b., the licensing agency shall consider any of the following evidence presented by the individual:
a. Evidence of the nature and seriousness of any offense of which he or she was convicted.
b. Evidence of all circumstances relative to the offense, including mitigating circumstances or social conditions surrounding the commission of the offense.
c. The age of the individual at the time the offense was committed.
d. The length of time that has elapsed since the offense was committed.
e. Letters of reference by persons who have been in contact with the individual since the applicant's release from any local, state, or federal correctional institution.
f. All other relevant evidence of rehabilitation and present fitness presented.
(e) A state licensing agency that may refuse to license individuals under sub. (3) (a) 1. or that may bar or terminate an individual from licensure under sub. (3) (a) 1. shall publish on the agency's Internet site a document indicating the offenses or kinds of offenses that may result in such a refusal, bar, or termination.
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