2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
November 8, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Tiffany, Bernier and L. Taylor,
cosponsored by Representatives Kulp, Quinn, Ramthun, Wittke,
Loudenbeck, Steffen, Tusler, Dittrich, Mursau, Skowronski, Wichgers, L.
, Krug, Bowen and Murphy. Referred to Committee on Judiciary and
Public Safety.
SB553,1,2 1An Act to amend 301.03 (7); and to create 301.03 (7g) (a) to (f) of the statutes;
2relating to: screening correctional inmates for dyslexia.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to test the reading ability of
each prisoner and screen each prisoner for dyslexia within six months of confinement
in prison. DOC must implement the dyslexia screening program within one year
after the bill's passage. Under current law, DOC must test the reading ability of each
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB553,1 3Section 1. 301.03 (7) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB553,1,54 301.03 (7) Direct the educational programs, including an adult basic education
5program, in all state correctional institutions. The department shall
SB553,1,8 6(7g) Within 6 months of confinement in a state correctional institution, test the
7reading ability of each prisoner. and screen each prisoner for dyslexia, which shall
8include evaluating skills in all of the following areas:
1Section 2. 301.03 (7g) (a) to (f) of the statutes are created to read:
SB553,2,22 301.03 (7g) (a) Phonological and phonemic awareness.
SB553,2,33 (b) Alphabet knowledge.
SB553,2,44 (c) Naming letter sounds.
SB553,2,55 (d) Rapid automatized naming.
SB553,2,66 (e) Reading words and pseudowords.
SB553,2,77 (f) Picture vocabulary.
SB553,3 8Section 3 . Nonstatutory provisions.
SB553,2,119 (1) Dyslexia screening program implementation. The department of
10corrections shall implement a dyslexia screening program in accordance with s.
11301.03 (7g) within one year after the effective date of this subsection.
SB553,2,1212 (End)