S. El Bd 1.30 - Relating to filing campaign finance reports.
Elections Board (CR 96-108):
S. El Bd 1.655 - Relating to the identification of the source of communications in polls and surveys paid for with money raised for political purposes.
Elections Board (CR 96-109):
S. El Bd 1.85 - Relating to conduit registration and reporting requirements.
Natural Resources (CR 97-57):
SS. NR 132.085 and 132.09 and ch. NR 182 - Relating to regulation of metallic mineral mining.
Veterans Affairs (CR 97-147):
Ch. VA 12 - Relating to the personal loan program.
rules_published Rules Published In This Wis. Adm. Register
The following administrative rule orders have been adopted and published in the January 31, 1998 Wisconsin Administrative Register. Copies of these rules are sent to subscribers of the complete Wisconsin Administrative Code, and also to the subscribers of the specific affected Code.
For subscription information, contact Document Sales at (608) 266-3358.
Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (CR 97-38):
An order affecting ss. ATCP 70.03, 71.02, 74.08, 75.015 and 80.04, relating to food and dairy license fees.
Effective 02-01-98.
Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (CR 97-43):
An order creating ss. ATCP 31.03 and 31.08, relating to standards for repealing site-specific prohibitions against the use of pesticides found in groundwater.
Effective 02-01-98.
Commerce (CR 97-96):
An order affecting chs. Comm 2, 5 and 18, relating to the inspection of elevators and mechanical lifting devices.
Part effective 01-01-98.
Part effective 02-01-98.
Corrections (CR 97-95):
An order creating ch. DOC 304, relating to the inmate secure work program.
Effective 02-01-98.
Natural Resources (CR 97-78):
An order amending s. NR 101.13 (2), relating to the wastewater fee program.
Effective 02-01-98.
Public Defender (CR 97-124):
An order affecting s. PD 3.038 (2), relating to the calculation of indigency.
Effective 02-01-98.
Regulation & Licensing (CR 97-101):
An order affecting ss. RL 17.02, 17.03 and 17.12, relating to the employment of personal assistants by real estate salespeople and broker-employes.
Effective 02-01-98.
Regulation & Licensing (CR 97-110):
An order affecting chs. RL 80 to 87, relating to the regulation of certified and licensed appraisers.
Effective 02-01-98.
Transportation (CR 97-62):
An order affecting chs. Trans 129 and 503, relating to the waiver of the motorcycle skills test and to required attendance of motorcycle rider courses and motorcycle instruction permit issuance.
Effective 02-01-98.
Final Regulatory Flexibility Analyses
1.   Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
(CR 97-38)
Chs. ATCP 70, 71, 74, 75 and 80 - Food and dairy license fees.
Summary of Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis:
This rule increases existing license fees for dairy plants, food processing plants, food warehouses and retail food establishments. The department has not increased license fees since 1991.
Wisconsin's food safety programs are funded by general tax dollars (GPR) and industry license fees (PR). In 1991, license fees funded about 40% of the food safety program costs. Program costs have increased due to external factors, such as inflation and statewide pay increases, over which the department has no control. In addition, the 1995-97 biennial budget reduced GPR funding, and required a higher percentage (50%) of license fee funding. As a result, the department projects a deficit in its food safety budget in FY 1997-98.
Increasing license fees as proposed in this rule will affect small businesses. License fees for all categories of dairy plants, food processing plants, food warehouses and retail food establishments will increase. Small businesses exist in each category of food and dairy establishment.
The department has attempted to accommodate small businesses and provide a reasonably fair and equitable license fee schedule. This is done by basing fees on the actual costs associated with each category of licensed establishment and then determining further subcategories of establishments based on the size or volume of each establishment and the food products processed or handled by the establishment. Smaller establishments processing and handling food with less potential food safety risks pay lower license fees than large establishments handling foods with higher food safety risks.
This rule requires no additional recordkeeping or other procedures for small businesses. Small businesses will need no additional professional skills or assistance in order to comply with this rule.
Summary of Comments from Legislative Committees:
On September 16, 1997, this department transmitted the above rule for legislative committee review. The rule was assigned to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Resources and the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Resources did not take any action on the rule during its review period. However, the Assembly Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on November 13, 1997. The Assembly Committee on Agriculture took no action regarding the proposed rule.
2.   Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
(CR 97-43)
Ch. ATCP 31 - Groundwater protection.
Summary of Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis:
Businesses Affected:
This rule has no direct effect on small businesses in Wisconsin. The rule may indirectly affect small businesses, in that it spells out criteria for the repeal of pesticide prohibition areas. This rule authorizes, but does not mandate the repeal of a prohibition area if certain criteria are met. To implement the actual repeal of a prohibition area, the department would have to take separate action to amend its pesticide-specific rules (e.g., atrazine rules under ATCP 30). The department would do a separate, more specific “small business analysis” related to those rule amendments.
Farmers are the primary small businesses having an interest in this rule. The standards contained in this rule may eventually affect the regulation of specific pesticides such as atrazine. For example, if the department annually repealed four atrazine prohibition areas, the repeals would affect about 10,000 acres each year. Assuming that farmers would elect to use the pesticide on 25% of this land, then 2,500 acres of land would be affected annually. This acreage would represent between 12 and 30 producers, depending on their crop acreage.
Producers using pesticides are typically small businesses, as defined by s. 227.114 (1)(a), Stats. Secondary effects may be felt by distributors and applicators of the specific pesticide, crop consultants and equipment dealers. The net effect on farmers and pesticide sellers is difficult to estimate, because alternative pesticides are generally available.
Reporting, Recordkeeping and Other Procedures Required for Compliance:
Renewed use of a prohibited pesticide may include some restrictions including limits on application rates and limits on the soil types to which the pesticide could be applied. This may necessitate referring to a soil survey map or obtaining a soil test. While this activity is routine, documentation would need to be maintained to document compliance. A map delineating application areas may be required if the field is subdivided and variable application rates are used. This procedure is already required under the current atrazine rule.
Professional Skills Required to Comply:
The rule may indirectly affect how much pesticide can be applied and on which fields. Because renewed use of the pesticide may involve some restrictions, alternative pest control techniques may be needed in some situations. These techniques may include different crop rotations, reduced pesticide application rates, or combinations of pesticides and mechanical pest control measures.
Summary of Comments from Legislative Committees:
The rule was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Resources and the Assembly Committee on Agriculture on August 27, 1997. The Assembly Committee on Agriculture did not take any action on the rule during its review period. However, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Resources held a hearing and requested the department accept the rule for modification based on hearing testimony.
The department agreed to insert a note after the proposed s. 31.08 (4) (b)2., Stats. The note explains that the repeal of a prohibition area does not limit the department's responsibility to take reasonable action to minimize contamination to achieve compliance with the preventive action limit. Further, the department may reinstate a repealed prohibition area if testing shows an increasing trend of pesticide contamination.
The note reads:
“The repeal of a prohibition area does not affect any responsibility which the department has under s. ATCP 31.07 to take other appropriate action to minimize the concentration of the pesticide substance where technically and economically feasible, and to restore and maintain compliance with the preventive action limit. The department may also reinstate a repealed prohibition area if groundwater testing at a point of standards application shows an increasing trend of pesticide contamination, suggesting that contamination may again attain or exceed the enforcement standard.”
3.   Corrections (CR 97-95)
Ch. DOC 304 - The inmate secure work program.
Summary of Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis:
This proposed rule is not expected to impact on small businesses as defined in s. 227.114 (1) (a), Stats.
Summary of Comments:
No comments reported.
4.   Natural Resources (CR 97-78)
S. NR 101.13 (2) - Wastewater fee program.
Summary of Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis:
The proposed rule eliminates a $100 fee that may have been charged to a small business if that business held a general permit for wastewater discharges. There are no changes to any requirements of the permit.
Summary of Comments by Legislative Review Committees:
The proposed rule was reviewed by the Assembly Environment Committee and the Senate Agriculture and Environmental Resources Committee. There were no comments.
5.   Public Defender (CR 97-124)
Ch. PD 3 - The calculation of indigency.
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