2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 31, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Kapenga, Craig,
Stroebel and L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Hutton, Dittrich,
Gundrum, Horlacher, Knodl, Kulp, Murphy, Novak, Skowronski, Sortwell,
Tusler and Thiesfeldt. Referred to Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing
and State-Federal Relations.
1An Act to create
13.0963 of the statutes; relating to: reports on bills requiring
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Safety and Professional Services to
prepare a report containing certain information on any bill that is introduced in the
legislature that requires an individual to obtain a license in order to engage in a
particular profession or occupation or that requires that a license be obtained in
order for a particular type of business to be owned or operated. The Legislative
Reference Bureau must submit any bill to which the requirement applies to DSPS,
and the report must be distributed before certain actions are taken on the bill in the
Under the bill, the report prepared by DSPS must include, among other
information, all of the following: 1) an evaluation of the potential for the unregulated
practice of the profession or occupation to harm the public; 2) an evaluation of
whether the public can reasonably be expected to benefit from requiring the
profession or occupation to be licensed; 3) an evaluation of what is the least
restrictive regulation, as defined in the bill, of the profession or occupation that
would effectively protect the public; 4) an analysis of licensure requirements for the
profession or occupation in other states; and 5) an estimate of the total additional
financial burden that will be imposed on an individual or business involved in the
profession or occupation as a result of the license requirement.
For further information see the state 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:
13.0963 of the statutes is created to read:
213.0963 Review of bills creating occupational licenses. (1) Definitions. 3
(a) In this section, “agency” has the meaning given in s. 13.172 (1).
(b) In subs. (2) and (3), “license” includes any permit, certificate, approval, 5
registration, charter, or similar form of permission.
6(2) Report on bills creating occupational licenses.
(a) If any bill that is 7
introduced in either house of the legislature creates a requirement that an individual 8
obtain a license in order to engage in a particular profession or occupation or a 9
requirement that a license be obtained in order for a particular type of business to 10
be owned or operated, the department of safety and professional services shall 11
prepare and issue an occupational license report on the bill within 30 business days 12
after it is introduced. The department shall request information from any individual 13
or business that the department considers likely to be affected by the proposed 14
licensure requirement and, if a different agency would be required to administer the 15
licensure requirement, the department shall request a statement or analysis from 16
that agency. Individuals, businesses, and agencies shall comply with requests by the 17
department for information that is reasonably necessary for the department to 18
prepare the report. To the greatest extent possible, reports under this section shall 19
be based on the information obtained by the department from individuals, 20
businesses, and agencies under this paragraph.
(b) A bill that requires a report by the department of safety and professional 2
services under this section shall have that requirement noted on its jacket when the 3
jacket is prepared. When a bill that requires a report under this section is 4
introduced, the legislative reference bureau shall submit a copy of the bill to the 5
department of safety and professional services.
(c) The report prepared under this section shall be printed as an appendix to 7
the applicable bill and shall be distributed in the same manner as amendments. The 8
report shall be distributed before any vote is taken on the bill by either house of the 9
legislature if the bill is not referred to a standing committee, or before any public 10
hearing is held before any standing committee or, if no public hearing is held, before 11
any vote is taken by the committee. The department of safety and professional 12
services shall also publish the report on its Internet site.
13(3) Findings to be contained in the report.
The department of safety and 14
professional services shall include all of the following in a report prepared under sub. 15
(a) An evaluation of whether the unregulated practice of the profession, 17
occupation, or business can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety, or welfare 18
of the public, and whether the potential for the harm is recognizable and not remote 19
(b) An evaluation of whether the public can reasonably be expected to benefit 21
from the requirement for the license.
(c) An evaluation of what the least restrictive regulation is that will effectively 23
protect the public, as determined under sub. (4).
(d) An analysis of licensure requirements for that profession, occupation, or 25
business in other states, including educational and reciprocity requirements.
(e) An estimate of the number of individuals or businesses that would be 2
affected by the requirement.
(f) An estimate of the total additional financial burden that will be imposed on 4
an individual or business as a result of the licensure requirement, including 5
education or training costs, examination fees, private credential fees, credential fees 6
imposed by the agency, and other costs that the individual or business will have to 7
incur in order to obtain the license.
(g) Any statement or analysis from the department or the agency that would 9
administer the licensure requirement.
10(4) Determination of least restrictive regulation.
(a) In this subsection:
1. “Certification” means a voluntary program to which all of the following 12
a. A private organization or the state grants a nontransferable recognition to 14
an individual who meets certain personal qualifications established by the private 15
organization or by law.
b. Upon approval, the individual may use “certified” as a designated title.
c. A noncertified individual may perform the occupation for compensation but 18
may not use the title “certified.”
2. “Occupational license” means a program to which all of the following apply:
a. The state grants a nontransferable authorization to an individual who meets 21
certain personal qualifications established by law in order to perform an occupation 22
b. It is unlawful for an individual who does not possess the requisite 24
authorization to perform the occupation for compensation.
3. “Personal qualifications” means criteria related to an individual's personal 2
background and characteristics, including completion of an approved educational 3
program, satisfactory performance on an examination, work experience, other 4
evidence of attainment of requisite skills or knowledge, moral standing, criminal 5
history, and completion of continuing education.
4. “Registration” means a program to which all of the following apply:
a. It requires an individual to provide notice to the state that may include the 8
individual's name and address, the individual's agent for service of process, the 9
location of the activity to be performed, and a description of the service the individual 10
b. It does not require certain personal qualifications to be satisfied, but may 12
require a bond or insurance.
c. Upon registering, the individual may use “registered” as a designated title.
d. A nonregistered individual may not perform the occupation for 15
compensation or use “registered” as a designated title.
(b) For purposes of sub. (3) (c), “least restrictive regulation” means one of the 17
following, from least restrictive to most restrictive:
1. Market competition.
2. Third-party or consumer-created ratings and reviews.
3. Private certification.
4. A specific private civil cause of action to remedy consumer harm.
5. The designation of an unfair trade practice or method of competition in 23
6. The regulation of the process of providing the specific goods or services to 25
7. An inspection requirement.
8. A bonding or insurance requirement.
9. A registration requirement.