2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
August 28, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Marklein, Cowles,
Jacque, L. Taylor
and Testin, cosponsored by Representatives Kurtz,
Krug, Felzkowski, Kulp,
Milroy, Petryk, Skowronski, Spiros, Wittke, Ramthun and Thiesfeldt.
Referred to Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs.
1An Act to renumber and amend
323.13 (1) (c) and 323.13 2
(2) (h); and to create
323.26, 323.27 and 323.30 (2) of the statutes; relating to:
3federal emergency management assistance payments to municipalities.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, as part of his or her emergency management
responsibilities, the adjutant general must conduct statewide training programs and
exercises to develop emergency management proficiency, disseminate information,
and coordinate emergency management programs. Under this bill, the adjutant
general must also provide training on how to apply for federal emergency
management assistance using SAM.gov, the federal System for Award Management
website, and must attempt, in due diligence, to ensure that all local units of
government have created an account with the website by June 30, 2021.
Under current law, the adjutant general must issue payments to local units of
government through a federal emergency assistance process where the federal
government issues payments to the state and the adjutant general then issues
payments to local units of government. This bill requires that the adjutant general
issue those payments within 14 days after the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) has approved a project and distributed federal emergency
assistance funding to the state, the adjutant general has received all state and
federal forms from the local unit of government, and the local unit of government has
fulfilled all other federal requirements.
The bill also provides that the adjutant general must provide an option for local
units of government to conduct all emergency management correspondence via
e-mail and to receive payments from the Division of Emergency Management via
electronic funds transfer or direct deposit.
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:
323.13 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) Prescribe and carry out statewide training programs and 3
exercises to develop emergency management proficiency, disseminate information, 4
and coordinate emergency management programs. The training programs shall 5
include training in managing emergency operations utilizing the incident command 6
system for local unit of government officials, officers, and employees whose duties 7
include responding to a disaster or the imminent threat of a disaster, including 8
officers and employees of local health departments, and shall include training on how
9to create an account with and use the federal System for Award Management
10Internet site to apply for federal emergency management assistance
. The adjutant 11
general shall consult with the administrator, with the department of health services 12
regarding the provision of incident command system training to local health 13
department personnel, and with the department of administration regarding the 14
provision of incident command system training for emergencies related to computer 15
or telecommunication systems. To the extent possible, the adjutant general shall 16
utilize federal funding to provide incident command system training.
323.13 (2) (h) of the statutes is amended to read:
(h) Make payments for disaster assistance under ss. 323.30 (1)
323.26 of the statutes is created to read:
1323.26 Electronic communications.
The adjutant general shall provide an 2
option for the head of emergency management for each county to elect to receive all 3
emergency management correspondence via electronic mail, including project 4
worksheets and other administrative documents. If the head of emergency 5
management for a county elects to receive electronic mail correspondence, the 6
adjutant general shall, to the extent practicable, conduct all correspondence with 7
that head of emergency management and the local units of government within that 8
county via electronic mail.
323.27 of the statutes is created to read:
10323.27 Electronic payments.
The adjutant general shall notify each local 11
unit of government that it may receive payment from the division of emergency 12
management via electronic means. At the request of a local unit of government, the 13
adjutant general shall authorize the issuing of payment to the local unit of 14
government through the use of money transfer techniques including, without 15
limitation because of enumeration, direct deposit, electronic funds transfer, and 16
automated clearinghouse procedures.
323.30 of the statutes is renumbered 323.30 (1) and amended to 18
The adjutant general shall make payments from the appropriation 20
under s. 20.465 (3) (e) to pay this state's share of grants to individuals and to provide 21
a share of any required state share of contributions to local governments, as defined 22
in 42 USC 5122 (6) (8)
, for major disaster recovery assistance. Payment of this state's 23
share of any contribution to a local government under this section subsection
contingent upon copayment of that share by the local government, but not to exceed
12.5 percent of the total eligible cost of assistance. No payment may be made under 2
this section subsection
without the prior approval of the secretary of administration.
323.30 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
Payment under sub. (1) shall be issued to a local unit of government 5
within 14 days after the completion of all of the following:
(a) The federal emergency management agency has approved a project and 7
distributed federal emergency assistance funding to the state.
(b) The adjutant general has received all appropriate state and federal forms 9
from the local unit of government.
(c) The local unit of government has fulfilled all other federal requirements.
(1) Division of emergency management federal System for Award
13Management Internet site training.
The division of emergency management shall, 14
by June 30, 2021, provide the training under s. 323.13 (1) (c) on how to create an 15
account with and use the federal System for Award Management Internet site to 16
apply for federal emergency management assistance and shall attempt in due 17
diligence to ensure that all local units of government have created an account with 18
the Internet site.