2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
August 29, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Johnson, Carpenter, L. Taylor,
Shilling, Wirch, Ringhand, Bewley and Larson, cosponsored by
Representatives Haywood, Brostoff, Zamarripa, Sinicki, Anderson, Bowen,
Crowley, Neubauer, Shankland, Stuck, Milroy, Gruszynski, Spreitzer,
Billings, Ohnstad, Skowronski, C. Taylor, Considine and Hintz. Referred to
Committee on Utilities and Housing.
1An Act to amend
20.866 (2) (td); and to create
13.48 (26m) and 281.61 (8) (b) 2
of the statutes; relating to: bonding for lead service line replacement and
3granting bonding authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the state may contract up to $74,950,000 in public debt for
the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program. This bill increases the bonding authority for
the program by $40,000,000 and requires the Department of Administration to
allocate up to $40,000,000 of the authorized public debt to projects involving
forgivable loans to private users of public water systems to cover not more than 50
percent of the cost to replace lead service lines.
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:
13.48 (26m) of the statutes is created to read:
13.48 (26m) Lead service line replacement.
The legislature finds and 6
determines that the prevalence of lead service lines in connections to public water
systems poses a public health hazard and that processes for reducing lead entering 2
drinking water from such pipes requires additional treatment of wastewater. It is 3
therefore in the public interest, and it is the public policy of this state, to assist 4
private users of public water systems in replacing lead service lines.
(td) Safe drinking water loan program.
From the capital 8
improvement fund, a sum sufficient to be transferred to the environmental 9
improvement fund for the safe drinking water loan program under s. 281.61. The 10
state may contract public debt in an amount not to exceed $71,400,000 for this
11purpose. The state may contract additional public debt in an amount up to
for this purpose.
281.61 (8) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) The department of administration shall allocate not more than 15
$40,000,000 from proceeds of public debt authorized under s. 20.866 (2) (td) to 16
projects involving forgivable loans to private users of public water systems to cover 17
not more than 50 percent of the cost to replace lead service lines.