2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
November 30, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Feyen, Darling, Bewley, Erpenbach
and LeMahieu, cosponsored by Representatives Novak, Quinn, Vorpagel,
Kooyenga, Petryk, Horlacher, Brostoff, Kitchens, Duchow and Tranel.
Referred to Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal
1An Act to amend
45.44 (3) (intro.) and 440.05 (intro.); and to create
440.052 of 2
the statutes; relating to: fee waivers for certain occupational credentials.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill waives the fees for initial occupational credentials, granted by the
Department of Safety and Professional Services or an examining board, affiliated
credentialing board, or other board under DSPS, for a person whose family income
does not exceed 180 percent of the federal poverty line.
The bill also includes a change to the veterans fee waiver program. Under that
program in current law, a veteran is entitled to a fee waiver for an initial credential
required to practice certain professions or occupations. The program limits a veteran
to receiving a fee waiver only if the veteran has not already received a fee waiver
under the program. This bill eliminates that limitation with respect to initial
credentials issued by DSPS or an examining board, affiliated credentialing board, or
other board under DSPS.
For further information see the state 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:
45.44 (3) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.44 (3) Eligibility.
(intro.) For the purpose of being eligible for a license fee 2
waiver under the program established under sub. (2), an applicant shall be applying 3
for an initial license, shall not have received a previous fee waiver under the program 4
for any type of license unless the applicant is applying for a license specified under
5sub. (1) (a) 16.
, and shall be all of the following:
440.05 (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
7440.05 Standard fees.
The Subject to s. 440.052, the
standard fees apply to all initial credentials, except as provided in ss. 440.51, 444.03, 9
444.11, 446.02 (2) (c), 447.04 (2) (c) 2., 448.07 (2), 449.17 (1m) (d), and 449.18 (2) (d):
440.05 (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 2015 Wisconsin Act 116 11
and 2017 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
12440.05 Standard fees.
(intro.) Subject to s. 440.052, the following standard 13
fees apply to all initial credentials, except as provided in ss. 440.51, 444.03, 444.11, 14
446.02 (2) (c), 447.04 (2) (c) 2., 448.07 (2),
449.17 (1m) (d), and 449.18 (2) (d):
440.052 of the statutes is created to read:
16440.052 Initial credential fee waiver. (1)
In this section, “reciprocal 17
credential” means a credential granted by a credentialing board, another board in 18
the department, or the department to an applicant who holds a credential issued by 19
a governmental authority in a jurisdiction outside this state authorizing or 20
qualifying the applicant to perform acts that are substantially the same as those acts 21
authorized by the credential granted by the credentialing board, other board in the 22
department, or department.
Notwithstanding chs. 440 to 480, no fee may be charged to an individual for 24
an initial credential or for an initial reciprocal credential if the family income of the
individual does not exceed 180 percent of the federal poverty line established under 242 USC 9902
(1) This act first applies to an application for an initial credential or an initial 5
reciprocal credential under chapters 440 to 480 of the statutes received on the 6
effective date of this subsection by the department of safety and professional services 7
or an examining board, affiliated credentialing board, or other board.
This act takes effect on the day after publication, 9
except as follows:
The treatment of sections 440.05 (intro.) (by Section
2) and 440.052 of the 11
statutes takes effect on the first day of the 4th month beginning after publication.
The treatment of section 440.05 (intro.) (by Section
3) of the statutes takes 13
effect on December 16, 2019.