2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
January 18, 2022 - Introduced by Representatives Tittl, Wittke, Anderson,
Andraca, Cabral-Guevara, Conley, Duchow, Hebl, Hintz, Hong, Magnafici,
Vining, Vruwink, Shelton and Sinicki, cosponsored by Senators Carpenter,
Larson, Ringhand and Wanggaard. Referred to Committee on Colleges and
1An Act to create
15.197 (20), 20.435 (1) (cd) and 255.45 of the statutes;
2to: spinal cord injury research grants and symposia and making an
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to establish a program to
award grants to persons in this state for research into spinal cord injuries. The
grants must support research into new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative
efforts for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord injuries. Research
topics may include pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and
rehabilitative approaches and techniques. DHS must make annual reports to the
legislature about the grants. The bill also allows DHS to hold symposia every two
years for grant recipients to present their research findings. The bill appropriates
general purpose revenues not exceeding $3,000,000 every fiscal biennium for the
grants and symposia.
The bill also requires DHS to appoint a Spinal Cord Injury Council with one
member representing the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public
Health, one member representing the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the
following members: 1) a person with a spinal cord injury; 2) a family member of a
person with a spinal cord injury; 3) a veteran with a spinal cord injury; 4) a physician
specializing in the treatment of spinal cord injuries; 5) a neurosurgery researcher;
and 6) a researcher employed by the federal Veterans Health Administration of the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If DHS is unable to appoint any of the foregoing
members, the bill allows DHS to appoint, in lieu of that member, a member
representing the general public. Members of the council have two-year terms. The
bill requires the council to develop criteria for DHS to evaluate and award grants,
review and make recommendations on grant applications, and perform other duties
specified by DHS. Council members must make written disclosures of financial
interests in organizations that the council recommends for grants.
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:
15.197 (20) of the statutes is created to read:
15.197 (20) Spinal cord injury council.
(a) There is created in the department 3
of health services a spinal cord injury council that, except as provided in par. (b), 4
consists of the following members appointed by the department for 2-year terms:
1. One member representing the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine 6
and Public Health.
2. One member representing the Medical College of Wisconsin.
3. One member who has a spinal cord injury.
4. One member who is a family member of a person with a spinal cord injury.
5. One member who is a veteran who has a spinal cord injury.
6. One member who is a physician specializing in the treatment of spinal cord 12
7. One member who is a researcher in the field of neurosurgery.
8. One member who is a researcher employed by the veterans health 15
administration of the U.S. department of veterans affairs.
(b) If the department of health services is unable to appoint a member specified 17
in par. (a) 1. to 8., the department of health services may appoint a member 18
representing the general public in lieu of the member so specified.
20.435 (1) (cd) of the statutes is created to read:
(cd) Spinal cord injury research.
A sum sufficient not to exceed 3
$3,000,000 for grants and symposia under s. 255.45 (2) and (3).
255.45 of the statutes is created to read:
5255.45 Spinal cord injury research grants and symposia. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Council” means the spinal cord injury council.
(b) “Grant program” means the program established under sub. (2).
9(2) Grant program.
From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (cd), the 10
department shall award grants to persons in this state for research into spinal cord 11
injuries. The purpose of the grants is to support research into new and innovative 12
treatments and rehabilitative efforts for the functional improvement of people with 13
spinal cord injuries, and research topics may include pharmaceutical, medical 14
device, brain stimulus, and rehabilitative approaches and techniques. Grant 15
recipients shall agree to present their research findings at symposia held by the 16
department under sub. (3).
The department may hold symposia every 2 years for recipients 18
of grants under the grant program to present findings of research supported by the 19
20(4) Grant reports.
By January 15 of each year, the department shall submit 21
an annual report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 22
13.172 (3) that identifies the recipients of grants under the grant program and the 23
purposes for which the grants were used.
(a) The council shall do all of the following:
1. Develop criteria for the department to evaluate and award grants under the 2
2. Review and make recommendations to the department on applications 4
submitted under the grant program.
3. Perform other duties specified by the department.
(b) Each member of the council shall disclose in a written statement any 7
financial interest in any organization that the council recommends to receive a grant 8
under the grant program. The council shall include the written statements with its 9
recommendations to the department on grant applications.
(1) Spinal cord injury council; initial appointments.
Notwithstanding the 12
length of terms specified for the members of the spinal cord injury council under s. 13
15.197 (20) (a) (intro.), initial appointments to the council shall be made as follows:
(a) The members appointed under s. 15.197 (20) (a) 1., 3., 5., and 7., or in lieu 15
of those members under s. 15.197 (20) (b), shall be appointed for terms expiring on 16
July 1, 2024.
(b) The members appointed under s. 15.197 (20) (a) 2., 4., 6., and 8., or in lieu 18
of those members under s. 15.197 (20) (b), shall be appointed for terms expiring on 19
July 1, 2025.