2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 26, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Considine, B. Meyers, Milroy, C.
Taylor, Zamarripa, Spreitzer, Hebl, Sargent, Sinicki, Shankland, Ohnstad,
Billings, Neubauer and Gruszynski, cosponsored by Senators Bewley,
Smith, Schachtner, Erpenbach, Ringhand, Carpenter and Larson. Referred
to Committee on Rules.
1An Act to create
20.395 (2) (af) and 86.52 of the statutes; relating to: creating
2a flood mitigation program in the Department of Transportation, granting
3rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to administer a flood
mitigation program to provide counties, cities, towns, and villages with grants
reimbursing up to 50 percent of the cost of modifying, replacing, or relocating
highway culverts or bridges at risk of substantial impact from flooding.
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:
20.395 (2) (af) of the statutes is created to read:
(af) Flood mitigation program.
From the general fund, the amounts 3
in the schedule for the flood mitigation program under s. 86.52.
86.52 of the statutes is created to read:
586.52 Flood mitigation program.
In this section:
(a) “Improvement" means a project to modify, replace, or relocate a highway 7
bridge or culvert that is at risk of substantial impact from flooding, as determined 8
by the department.
(b) “Political subdivision" means a county, city, village, or town.
(c) “Program" means the flood mitigation program.
. The department shall administer a flood mitigation 12
program to make grants for the purpose of reimbursing political subdivisions for a 13
portion of the cost of modifying, replacing, or relocating highway bridges and culverts 14
at risk of substantial impact from flooding. Any grant of money under the program 15
shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (af).
16(3) Reimbursement of improvements.
All costs of an improvement funded 17
under this section shall be the responsibility of the political subdivision. Prior to the 18
commencement of an improvement, the political subdivision may apply to the 19
department for reimbursement of not more than 50 percent of eligible costs in the 20
manner and form prescribed by the department.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement and 2
administer the program.