2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 10, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Darling, Carpenter, Olsen, Nass,
Schachtner, L. Taylor, Ringhand and Bernier, cosponsored by
Representatives Duchow, Doyle, Stafsholt, Bowen, Schraa, Felzkowski,
Jagler, James, Edming, Petersen, Oldenburg, Ramthun, Tranel, Tittl,
Mursau, Milroy, Kurtz, Rohrkaste, VanderMeer, Sanfelippo, Shankland,
Loudenbeck, Magnafici, Zimmerman, Kulp, Petryk, Spiros, Cabrera,
Anderson, Kitchens, Riemer, Vining, Rodriguez, Ballweg, C. Taylor,
Neubauer and Dittrich. Referred to Committee on Education.
SB498,1,4 1An Act to amend 118.40 (2r) (e) 2p. a. and 119.04 (1); and to create 20.255 (2)
2(du) and 115.366 of the statutes; relating to: grants to support peer-to-peer
3suicide prevention programs in high schools, granting rule-making authority,
4and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to establish a
competitive grant program to award grants for the purpose of supporting
peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs in public, private, and tribal high schools.
Under the bill, a grant may be awarded to support an existing peer-to-peer suicide
prevention program or to implement a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program at
a high school. However, for the purposes of awarding grants, the bill requires DPI
to give a preference to applications to implement peer-to-peer suicide prevention
Under the bill, for each high school for which a grant is awarded, DPI may
award the governing body of the high school up to $1,000. The bill further specifies
that DPI may renew a grant for an individual school for up to three additional school

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:
SB498,1 1Section 1. 20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert
2the following amounts for the purposes indicated: - See PDF for table PDF
SB498,2 3Section 2. 20.255 (2) (du) of the statutes is created to read:
SB498,2,64 20.255 (2) (du) Peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs; grants. The amounts
5in the schedule for grants under s. 115.366 to support peer-to-peer suicide
6prevention programs in schools operating high school grades.
SB498,3 7Section 3. 115.366 of the statutes is created to read:
SB498,3,2 8115.366 Grants to support peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs.
9(1) Grant program. The department shall establish and implement a competitive
10grant program to award grants for the purpose of supporting peer-to-peer suicide
11prevention programs in public, private, and tribal schools that operate high school
12grades. A recipient of a grant under this section may use the grant to support an
13existing peer-to-peer suicide prevention program or to implement a peer-to-peer
14suicide prevention program at a school at which pupils attend high school grades.

1In awarding grants under this section, the department shall give preference to
2applications for a grant to implement a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program.
SB498,3,4 3(2) Eligible entities. Any of the following that operates high school grades
4may apply for a grant under this section:
SB498,3,55 (a) A school board.
SB498,3,66 (b) An operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x).
SB498,3,77 (c) The governing body of a private school.
SB498,3,88 (d) A tribal school.
SB498,3,11 9(3) Awards. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, from the appropriation
10under s. 20.255 (2) (du), the department shall award up to $1,000 for each school for
11which a grant is awarded under sub. (1).
SB498,3,17 12(4) Renewals. A recipient of a grant under this section may apply to renew a
13grant to implement or support a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program at a
14specific school. The department may renew a grant under this subsection without
15requiring the applicant to participate in the competitive application processes
16established under sub. (1). The department may renew a grant to support a
17peer-to-peer suicide prevention program at a specific high school up to 3 times.
SB498,3,19 18(5) Rules. The department may promulgate rules to implement and
19administer this section.
SB498,4 20Section 4 . 118.40 (2r) (e) 2p. a. of the statutes, as affected by 2019 Wisconsin
21Act 9
, is amended to read:
SB498,4,222 118.40 (2r) (e) 2p. a. Add the amounts appropriated in the current fiscal year
23under s. 20.255 (2), except s. 20.255 (2) (ac), (aw), (az), (bb), (dj), (du), (fm), (fp), (fq),
24(fr), (fu), (k), and (m); and s. 20.505 (4) (es); and the amount, as determined by the
25secretary of administration, of the appropriation under s. 20.505 (4) (s) allocated for

1payments to telecommunications providers under contracts with school districts and
2cooperative educational service agencies under s. 16.971 (13).
SB498,5 3Section 5. 119.04 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB498,4,164 119.04 (1) Subchapters IV, V and VII of ch. 115, ch. 121 and ss. 66.0235 (3) (c),
566.0603 (1m) to (3), 115.01 (1) and (2), 115.28, 115.31, 115.33, 115.34, 115.343,
6115.345, 115.363, 115.364, 115.365 (3), 115.366, 115.367, 115.38 (2), 115.415, 115.445,
7118.001 to 118.04, 118.045, 118.06, 118.07, 118.075, 118.076, 118.10, 118.12, 118.125
8to 118.14, 118.145 (4), 118.15, 118.153, 118.16, 118.162, 118.163, 118.164, 118.18,
9118.19, 118.196, 118.20, 118.223, 118.225, 118.24 (1), (2) (c) to (f), (6), (8), and (10),
10118.245, 118.25, 118.255, 118.258, 118.291, 118.292, 118.293, 118.30 to 118.43,
11118.46, 118.50, 118.51, 118.52, 118.53, 118.55, 118.56, 120.12 (2m), (4m), (5), and (15)
12to (27), 120.125, 120.13 (1), (2) (b) to (g), (3), (14), (17) to (19), (26), (34), (35), (37),
13(37m), and (38), 120.137, 120.14, 120.20, 120.21 (3), and 120.25 are applicable to a
141st class city school district and board but not, unless explicitly provided in this
15chapter or in the terms of a contract, to the commissioner or to any school transferred
16to an opportunity schools and partnership program.
SB498,6 17Section 6 . Effective dates. This act takes effect on the day after publication,
18except as follows:
SB498,4,2119 (1) Payment indexing mechanism for choice schools, independent charter
20schools, and the open enrollment program.
The treatment of s. 118.40 (2r) (e) 2p.
21a. takes effect on July 1, 2020.
SB498,4,2222 (End)