2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 24, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Krug, Kurtz, Summerfield,
Novak, Shankland, Pope, Hebl, Kitchens, Edming, Felzkowski, Oldenburg,
VanderMeer, Kolste, Tranel, Doyle, Ballweg, Considine, Anderson,
Gruszynski, Neubauer, Mursau, Kulp, Magnafici, Petryk, Swearingen,
Plumer, C. Taylor, Vining, Stubbs, Spreitzer, Sinicki, Milroy, Skowronski,
Cabrera, Zamarripa, Ohnstad, Vruwink, Tusler, Billings, Thiesfeldt and
Spiros, cosponsored by Senators Jacque,
Testin, Feyen, Olsen, Smith and
Wanggaard. Referred to Committee on Rural Development.
1An Act to create
145.245 (10m) of the statutes; and to affect 2017 Wisconsin
, section 9439 (4t)
; relating to: the private on-site wastewater treatment
3system replacement or rehabilitation grant program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
2017 Wisconsin Act 59
, the 2017 biennial budget act, repealed, effective June
30, 2021, a grant program the Department of Safety and Professional Services
administers to provide grants to persons and businesses that are served by failing
private on-site wastewater treatment systems (POWTS), which are commonly
known as septic tanks. This bill delays the elimination of the POWTS grant program
to June 30, 2023.
The bill requires DSPS to prepare literature that describes the eligibility for
receiving a POWTS grant for a residence. Under the bill, DSPS supplies the
literature to counties, and counties must distribute the literature to recipients of
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:
145.245 (10m) of the statutes is created to read:
145.245 (10m) Distribution of literature.
The department shall prepare 2
literature that describes the eligibility for receiving a grant under this section for a 3
principal residence. The department shall supply the literature to counties, and 4
counties shall distribute the literature to recipients of public benefits.
[2017 Wisconsin Act 59
] Section 9439 (4t) Private on-site wastewater
7treatment system replacement or rehabilitation grant program; sunset.
treatment of sections 20.165 (2) (j) and (ke), 145.20 (5) (a) and (am), 145.245 (by 9Section
1655j), and 281.57 (7) (c) 1. of the statutes, the renumbering and amendment 10
of section 145.01 (4m) of the statutes, and the creation of section 145.01 (4m) (a), (b), 11
(c), (d), and (e) of the statutes take effect on June 30, 2021 2023
The authorized FTE positions for the department of safety and professional 14
services are increased by 2.0 PR project positions for the period beginning on July 15
1, 2020, and ending on June 30, 2022, to be funded from the appropriation under s. 16
20.165 (2) (j), for the purpose of conducting application and plan review under s. 17
145.19, evaluating requests for variances under s. 145.24, and carrying out the 18
department's responsibilities under s. 145.20 (3), including all of the following:
(a) Conducting reviews and audits of private on-site wastewater treatment 20
system programs in governmental units responsible for the regulation of private 21
on-site wastewater treatment systems.
(b) Providing training and informational programs.
(c) Training new and existing staff of governmental units responsible for the 2
regulation of private on-site wastewater treatment systems in conducting 3
application and plan review under ss. 145.19 and 145.20 (2).