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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Felzkowski, Swearingen,
Loudenbeck, Horlacher, Mursau, Novak, Ripp, Skowronski, Tranel,
Tusler, Kooyenga and Considine, cosponsored by Senators Harsdorf, Olsen
and Tiffany. Referred to Committee on Rural Development and Mining.
AB572,1,8 1An Act to amend 16.9945 (1) (intro.), 16.9945 (3) (intro.), 16.996 (title), 16.996
2(1), 16.996 (3) (intro.), 16.996 (4) (b), 20.255 (1) (e), 20.255 (1) (ek) and 20.505
3(4) (s); to repeal and recreate 20.505 (4) (s); and to create 16.9945 (2m),
416.9945 (3m), 16.996 (2m), 16.996 (3m) and 43.06 of the statutes; relating to:
5the collection and maintenance of certain public library data by the Division for
6Libraries and Technology, authorizing small, rural libraries to apply for
7information technology block grants and educational technology training
8grants, and making appropriations.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill authorizes the Division for Libraries and Technology in the
Department of Public Instruction to collect and maintain public library–related
data, including purchasing licenses for data collection software; training staff on the
effective use of data; creating tools for libraries to use internally in analyzing, and
to report to the public about, library use; and developing and implementing
technology systems that allow for interoperable data exchange and automation of
work processes.
This bill also makes certain public libraries located in census-defined rural
areas and serving municipalities with a population of 20,000 or less eligible to receive

grants under the Technology for Educational Achievement program, known as
TEACH. Under the TEACH program, the Department of Administration awards
information technology block grants to school districts to improve information
technology infrastructure and educational technology teacher training grants to
school districts to train teachers in the use of educational technology. Under the bill,
DOA may award grants to eligible libraries to improve information technology
infrastructure in rural libraries and train librarians in rural libraries in the use of
educational technology.
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:
AB572,1 1Section 1. 16.9945 (1) (intro.) of the statutes, as created by 2017 Wisconsin Act
259
, is amended to read:
AB572,2,17 316.9945 Information technology block grants. (1) Competitive grants.
4(intro.) In fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19, the department may annually award
5grants on a competitive basis to eligible school districts and to eligible public libraries
6for the purpose of improving information technology infrastructure. For purposes
7of awarding grants under this section, “improving information technology
8infrastructure” includes purchasing and installing on a bus a portable device that
9creates an area of wireless Internet coverage and purchasing for individuals to
10temporarily borrow from a school or for patrons to check out from a public library a
11portable device that creates an area of wireless Internet coverage. In awarding
12grants to eligible school districts under this section, the department shall give
13priority to applications for school districts in which the percentage of pupils who
14satisfy the income eligibility criteria under 42 USC 1758 (b) (1) for a free or
15reduced-price lunch is greater than in other applicant school districts. The
16department shall require an applicant for a grant under this section to provide all
17of the following:
AB572,2
1Section 2. 16.9945 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB572,3,22 16.9945 (2m) Eligible public libraries. (a) In this subsection:
AB572,3,53 1. “Library branch” means a fixed location where public library services,
4including a collection of library materials, are offered by paid library employees as
5part of a consolidated county public library, as described in s. 43.57 (1).
AB572,3,76 2. “Urban cluster” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the
7census, with a population of at least 2,500 but less than 50,000.
AB572,3,98 3. “Urbanized area” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the
9census, with a population of 50,000 or more.
AB572,3,1410 (b) A public library, including the branch of a public library, is eligible for a
11grant under this section in fiscal year 2017-18 or in fiscal year 2018-19 or in both
12fiscal years if the population of the municipality within which the library or branch
13of the library is located is 20,000 or less and if the public library or branch is located
14in one of the following areas of the state:
AB572,3,1615 1. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of
16the following:
AB572,3,1717 a. Less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area.
AB572,3,1818 b. Less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster.
AB572,3,2019 2. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of
20the following:
AB572,3,2121 a. More than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area.
AB572,3,2222 b. More than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
AB572,3,2523 3. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is more
24than 25 miles from an urbanized area and also more than 10 miles from an urban
25cluster.
AB572,3
1Section 3. 16.9945 (3) (intro.) of the statutes, as created by 2017 Wisconsin Act
259
, is amended to read:
AB572,4,53 16.9945 (3) Maximum awards to eligible school districts. (intro.) The total
4amount the department may award to an eligible school district under sub. (1) during
5a fiscal biennium may not exceed the following:
AB572,4 6Section 4. 16.9945 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB572,4,97 16.9945 (3m) Maximum awards to eligible public libraries. The total amount
8the department may award to an eligible public library under sub. (1) during a fiscal
9biennium may not exceed the following:
AB572,4,1110 (a) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library
11or branch is located is 2,000 or less, $5,000.
AB572,4,1312 (b) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library
13or branch is located is at least 2,001 but less than 5,000, $7,500.
AB572,4,1514 (c) If the population of the municipality within which the eligible public library
15or branch is located is at least 5,000 but less than 20,001, $10,000.
AB572,5 16Section 5. 16.996 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB572,4,17 1716.996 (title) Educational technology teacher training grants.
AB572,6 18Section 6. 16.996 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB572,4,2219 16.996 (1) Purpose. The department shall annually award grants to eligible
20consortia of school districts, to consortia of eligible public libraries, and to eligible
21public library systems
for the costs of training teachers and librarians to use
22educational technology.
AB572,7 23Section 7. 16.996 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB572,4,2524 16.996 (2m) Eligible public libraries and public library systems. (a) In this
25subsection:
AB572,5,3
11. “Library branch” means a fixed location where public library services,
2including a collection of library materials, are offered by paid library employees as
3part of a consolidated county public library, as described in s. 43.57 (1).
AB572,5,54 2. “Urban cluster” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the
5census, with a population of at least 2,500 but less than 50,000.
AB572,5,76 3. “Urbanized area” means an urban area, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the
7census, with a population of 50,000 or more.
AB572,5,118 (b) A public library or branch of a public library is an eligible library under this
9section if the population of the municipality within which the library or branch is
10located is 20,000 or less and if the public library or branch is located in one of the
11following areas of the state:
AB572,5,1312 1. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of
13the following:
AB572,5,1414 a. Less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area.
AB572,5,1515 b. Less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster.
AB572,5,1716 2. A rural territory, as defined by the U.S. bureau of the census, that is one of
17the following:
AB572,5,1818 a. More than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area.
AB572,5,1919 b. More than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster.
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