2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
March 10, 2022 - Introduced by Representative Haywood, cosponsored by Senator
Johnson. Referred to Committee on Rules.
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 Department of Administration and the Department of
Natural Resources administer the safe drinking water loan program (SDWLP),
which provides financial assistance from the environmental improvement program
to local governmental units and to the private owners of community water systems
that serve local governmental units for projects for the planning, designing,
construction, or modification of public water systems. DNR establishes a funding list
for SDWLP projects, and DOA allocates funding for those projects.
Under current law, the state may contract up to $74,950,000 in public debt for
the SDWLP. This bill increases the bonding authority for the program by
$40,000,000 and requires DOA 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 3
determines that the prevalence of lead service lines in connections to public water 4
systems poses a public health hazard and that processes for reducing lead entering 5
drinking water from such pipes requires additional treatment of wastewater. It is 6
therefore in the public interest, and it is the public policy of this state, to assist 7
private users of public water systems in replacing lead service lines.
20.866 (2) (td) of the statutes is amended to read:
(td) Safe drinking water loan program.
From the capital 10
improvement fund, a sum sufficient to be transferred to the environmental 11
improvement fund for the safe drinking water loan program under s. 281.61. The 12
state may contract public debt in an amount not to exceed $71,400,000 for this
13purpose. 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 17
$40,000,000 from proceeds of public debt authorized under s. 20.866 (2) (td) to 18
projects involving forgivable loans to private users of public water systems to cover 19
not more than 50 percent of the cost to replace lead service lines.