2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 24, 2020 - Introduced by Senators Testin, Jacque, Olsen,
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Novak,
Hebl, Kitchens, Krug, Kurtz, Pope, Shankland, Summerfield, Tranel,
Anderson, Ballweg, Billings, Cabrera, Considine, Edming, Emerson,
Gruszynski, Knodl, Kulp, Magnafici, Milroy, Mursau, Neubauer, Ohnstad,
Oldenburg, Petryk, Plumer, Sargent, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Steffen, Subeck,
Swearingen, Tauchen, C. Taylor, Tittl, Tusler, Vining, Vruwink, Zamarripa,
Zimmerman, Born and Spiros. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources
1An Act to create
92.14 (3) (a) 4m. of the statutes; relating to: county
2conservation staffing and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the amount appropriated to the Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection for county conservation staffing under the soil and
water resource management program by $2,960,900 from the general fund in fiscal
year 2020-21. The bill provides that, in fiscal year 2020-21, DATCP may not make
a grant for county conservation staffing unless the county receiving the grant agrees
to maintain the number of its conservation staff at or above the average number of
such positions during the two fiscal years preceding August 1, 2020. The bill also
provides that county conservation staff funded through this program may promote,
and assist people in enrolling in, the conservation reserve enhancement program,
which is a joint federal and state program that pays farmers to remove from
production land that is environmentally sensitive and that poses a high priority
conservation concern and to plant resource conserving plant species on that land.
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:
92.14 (3) (a) 4m. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 4m. Promoting and assisting with enrollment in the conservation 2
reserve enhancement program.
(1) Maintenance of effort.
In fiscal year 2020-21, the department of 5
agriculture, trade and consumer protection may not make a grant to a county for the 6
purpose of funding county land conservation personnel under s. 92.14 (3) (a) unless 7
that county enters into an agreement with the department to maintain or increase 8
its number of county land conservation personnel positions at or above the average 9
number of such positions in its 2 fiscal years preceding August 1, 2020.
(1) County conservation staffing — general fund.
In the schedule under s. 12
20.005 (3) for the appropriation to the department of agriculture, trade and 13
consumer protection under s. 20.115 (7) (c), the dollar amount for fiscal year 2020-21 14
is increased by $2,960,900 for support of local land conservation personnel under the 15
soil and water resource management program under s. 92.14.