2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
March 23, 2021 - Introduced by Representatives James, Cabral-Guevara,
Anderson, Doyle, Andraca, Armstrong, Bowen, Brooks, Dittrich, Duchow,
Edming, Moses, Murphy, Mursau, Novak, Oldenburg, Petryk, Plumer,
Schraa, Shankland, Skowronski, Spiros, Spreitzer, Subeck, Zimmerman and
Wittke, cosponsored by Senators Bernier, L. Taylor, Agard and Ballweg.
Referred to Committee on Mental Health.
1An Act to create
20.435 (5) (eh) and 51.73 of the statutes; relating to: grants
2to prevent suicide by firearm and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award grants to
organizations or coalitions of organizations, including cities, villages, towns,
counties, and federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands, for 1) training
staff at a firearm retailer or firearm range on how to recognize a person that may be
considering suicide; 2) providing suicide prevention materials for distribution at a
firearm retailer or firearm range; or 3) providing voluntary, temporary firearm
storage. A grant recipient must contribute matching funds or in-kind services
having a value equal to at least 20 percent of the grant amount.
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:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 4
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.435 (5) (eh) of the statutes is created to read:
(eh) Grants to prevent suicide by firearm.
Biennially, the amounts 3
in the schedule for grants related to preventing suicide by firearm under s. 51.73.
51.73 of the statutes is created to read:
551.73 Grants to prevent suicide by firearm. (1)
From the appropriation 6
under s. 20.435 (5) (eh), the department shall award grants to organizations or 7
coalitions of organizations, which may include a city, village, town, county, or 8
federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state for any of the 9
(a) To train staff at a firearm retailer or firearm range on how to recognize a 11
person that may be considering suicide.
(b) To provide suicide prevention materials for distribution at a firearm retailer 13
or firearm range.
(c) To provide voluntary, temporary firearm storage.
The department may not award a grant under sub. (1) unless the recipient 16
contributes matching funds or in-kind services having a value equal to at least 20 17
percent of the grant.
The department may not award a grant to a recipient under sub. (1) for an 19
amount that exceeds $5,000. The department may not award a grant under sub. (1)
having a duration of more than one year and may not automatically renew a grant 2
awarded under sub. (1). This subsection shall not be construed to prevent an 3
organization or coalition of organizations from reapplying for a grant in consecutive 4
years. In awarding grants under sub. (1), the department shall give preference to 5
organizations or coalitions of organizations that have not previously received a grant 6
under this section.