The public hearing is scheduled as follows:
March 16, 1998   Room 400X, GEF #1
Monday   201 E. Washington Ave.
10:00 a.m.   Madison, WI
This hearing is held in an accessible facility. If you have special needs or circumstances which may make communication or accessibility difficult at the hearing, please call the EEO/AA office of the Division of Economic Support at (608) 267-0927 at least 10 days prior to the hearing date. Accommodations such as interpreters, English translators or materials in audio tape format will, to the fullest extent possible, be made available on request by a person with a disability.
Statutory authority for rule: s. 49.26 (1) (gm) 2 and (h) 1
Statute interpreted by the rule: s. 49.26
This rule implements changes to the Learnfare Program made by 1997 Wis. Act 27 by amending the existing rules on the Learnfare Program, s. DWD 12.25, Wis. Adm. Code, as follows:
Application of the school attendance requirement is changed from children aged 6 to 19 to children aged 6 to 17.
A child will not meet the Learnfare attendance requirement if the child is not enrolled in school or was not enrolled in the immediately preceding semester.
Participation in case management is required for a child who does not meet the attendance requirements or who is a minor parent, a dropout, a returning dropout, or a habitual truant. If a child fails to meet the attendance requirements, or if the child and the child's parent fail to attend or reschedule a case management appointment or activity after two written advance notices have been given by the W-2 agency, the W-2 agency is required to impose a financial penalty, unless an exemption reason or a good cause reason is verified.
The exemption reasons are the same criteria that have in the past been treated as good cause under Learnfare. In addition, good cause for failing to participate in Learnfare case management includes any of the following:
Child care is needed and not available.
Transportation to and from child care is needed and not available on either a public or private basis.
There is a court-ordered appearance or temporary incarceration.
Observance of a religious holiday.
Death of a relative.
Family emergency.
Illness, injury or incapacity of the child or a family member living with the child.
Medical or dental appointment for the minor parent or the minor parent's child.
Breakdown in transportation.
A review or fair hearing decision identifies good cause circumstances.
Other circumstances beyond the control of the child or the child's parent, as determined by the W-2 agency.
The financial penalty will be imposed as a reduction of the benefit amount paid to a W-2 participant who is in a community service job (CSJ) or transitional placement and will be imposed as a liability against a W-2 participant who is in a trial job. The amount of the penalty will be $50 per month per child, not to exceed $150 per W-2 group per month. The financial penalty will be imposed each month until the child meets the school attendance or case management requirements or until an exemption or good cause reason is verified.
Copies of Rule
A copy of the rules to be considered may be obtained from:
Division of Economic Support
State Dept. of Workforce Development
Telephone (608) 266-0988
One West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 7935
Madison, WI 53707-7935
Copies may also be obtained at the appointed time and place the hearing is held.
Written Comments
Interested people are invited to appear at the hearing, and will be afforded the opportunity of making an oral presentation of their positions. People making oral presentations are requested to submit their facts, views and suggested rewording in writing. Written comments from people unable to attend the public hearing, or who wish to supplement testimony offered at the hearing may be submitted no later than March 20, 1998 for inclusion in the summary of public comments submitted to the Legislature. Any such comments should be submitted to Dianne Reynolds at the address previously given. Written comments will be given the same consideration as testimony presented at the hearing. People submitting comments will not receive individual responses.
Fiscal Estimate
This is the rule to implement the changes to the Learnfare Program made in 1997 Wis. Act 27.
All costs to the Department and local governments for the operation of the Learnfare Program were included in the 1997-1999 biennial budget act, 1997 Wis. Act 27. There are no additional costs for state government or local governments as a result of the promulgation of these administrative rule changes.
Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
1. Types of small businesses that will be affected by the rules:
None. These rules affect W-2 participants with children between the ages of 6 to 17.
2. Reporting, bookkeeping and other procedures required for compliance with the rules:
Not applicable.
3. Types of professional skills necessary for compliance with the rules:
Not applicable.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Rules to the Presiding Officer of each House of the Legislature, Under S. 227.19, Stats.
Please check the Bulletin of Proceedings for further information on a particular rule.
Corrections (CR 96-185):
Ch. DOC 309 - Relating to leisure time activities, inmate activity groups and religious beliefs and practices for inmates. (withdrawn)
Health & Family Services (CR 97-130):
Chs. HFS 10 and 67 and HSS 118 - Relating to hearings on relief from institutional charges, a low-income standard for allocating state nutrition and senior volunteer funds, and maintaining the confidentiality of personal facts included in medical information obtained by Department staff in the conduct of official business.
Insurance (CR 97-137):
S. Ins 3.53 - Relating to HIV testing procedures.
Investment Board (CR 97-150):
Ch. IB 1 and s. IB 2.02 - Relating to restrictions on Investment Board employes.
Natural Resources (CR 97-123):
S. NR 20.13 (2) (a) and (c) - Relating to ice fishing shelters on the Fox River.
Natural Resources (CR 97-153):
Subch. IX of ch. NR 47 - Relating to the forest fire protection grant program.
Physical Therapists Affiliated Credentialing Board (CR 97-133):
Chs. PT 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 - Relating to application requirements, examinations, temporary licenses, unprofessional conduct and biennial license renewals of physical therapists.
Regulation & Licensing (CR 97-118):
Chs. RL 70, 71, 72 and 73 - Relating to the certification and regulation of acupuncturists.
Transportation (CR 97-154):
Ch. Trans 512 - Relating to the Transportation Infrastructure loan program.
Administrative Rules Filed With The
Revisor Of Statutes Bureau
The following administrative rules have been filed with the Revisor of Statutes Bureau and are in the process of being published. The date assigned to each rule is the projected effective date. It is possible that the publication of these rules could be delayed. Contact the Revisor of Statutes Bureau at (608) 266-7275 for updated information on the effective dates for the listed rules.
Administration (CR 96-166):
An order creating ch. Adm 68, relating to length, expiration date and fee for licenses issued to manufactured and mobile home dealers and salespeople and for registration plates issued to dealers.
Effective 04-01-98.
Administration (CR 97-82):
An order affecting ch. Adm 1, relating to parking on state-controlled property.
Effective 04-01-98.
Administration (CR 97-102):
An order repealing and recreating ch. Adm 2, relating to the use, care and preservation of property under the Department's control.
Effective 04-01-98.
Chiropractic Examining Board (CR 97-65):
Links to Admin. Code and Statutes in this Register are to current versions, which may not be the version that was referred to in the original published document.