Notice of Hearing
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to ss. 85.16 (1) and 348.07 (4), Stats., interpreting s. 348.07 (4), Stats., the Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing at the following location to consider the amendment of ch. Trans 276, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to allowing the operation of “double bottoms” (and certain other vehicles) on certain specified highways.
Hearing Information
April 15, 1998   Rooms 1H & 1L
Wednesday   Dodge Co. Adm. Bldg.
10:00 A.M.   127 Oak St.
The hearing locations are accessible to people with disabilities.
Written Comments & Contact Person
The public record on this proposed rulemaking will be held open until close of business, April 17, 1998, to permit the submission of written comments from people unable to attend the public hearing or who wish to supplement testimony offered at the hearing. Any such written comments should be submitted to:
Mark Morrison
Traffic & Safety Engineer, Room 601
P. O. Box 7916
Madison, WI 53707-7916
Analysis Prepared by the Wis. Dept. of Transportation
Statutory authority: ss. 85.16 (1) and 348.07(4)
Statute interpreted: s. 348.07 (4)
General Summary of Proposed Rule. This proposed rule amends s. Trans 276.07 (29), (31) and (32) Wis. Adm. Code, to add eight segments of highway to the designated highway system established under s. 348.07 (4), Stats. The actual highway segments that this proposed rule adds to the designated highway system are:
Co. “E”
STH 22 N. of Pardeeville
STH 73 in Randolph
Co. “EF”
STH 33 S. of Friesland
CTH “E” N. of Friesland
Co. “P”
STH 44 in Pardeeville
STH 73 N. of Randolph
Co. “B”
STH 26 N. of Juneau
STH 33 N. of Beaver Dam
Co. “E”
STH 33 in Horicon
STH 33 in Beaver Dam
Co. “P”
STH 73 in Randolph
STH 33 in Fox Lake
Fond du Lac
Co. “AS”
STH 151 N.E. of Waupun
CTH “D” S.W. of Oakfield
Co. “D”
CTH “AS” S.W. of Oakfield
STH 151 S.W. of Fond du Lac
The proposed rule text often achieves these objectives by consolidating individual segments into contiguous segments with new end points. In order to determine the actual highway segment added, it is necessary to compare the combined old designations with the combined new designation.
The long trucks to which this proposed rule applies are those with 53-foot semitrailers, “double bottoms” and the vehicles which may legally operate on the federal National Network, but which exceed Wisconsin's regular limits on overall length. Generally, no person may operate any of the following vehicles on Wisconsin's highways without a permit:
A single vehicle with an overall length in excess of 40 feet (45-foot buses are allowed on the National Network and Interstate system by Federal law. Section 4006 (b) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991);
A combination of vehicles with an overall length in excess of 65 feet;
A semitrailer longer than 48 feet;
An automobile haulaway longer than 66 feet plus allowed overhangs; or
A “double bottom”.
Certain exceptions are provided under s. 348.07(2), Stats., which implements provisions of the federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act in Wisconsin.
The effect of this proposed rule will be to extend the provisions of s. 348.07 (2) (f), (fm), (gm) and (gr), and s. 348.08 (1) (e), Stats., to the highway segments listed above. As a result, vehicles which may legally operate on the federal National Network in Wisconsin will also be allowed to operate on the newly-designated highways. Specifically, this means there will be no overall length limitation for a tractor-semitrailer combination, a double bottom or an automobile haulaway on the affected highway segments. There also will be no length limitation for a truck tractor or road tractor when operated in a tractor-semitrailer combination or as part of a double bottom or an automobile haulaway. Double bottoms will be allowed to operate on the affected highway segments provided neither trailer is longer than 28 feet, 6 inches. Semitrailers up to 53 feet long may also be operated on these highway segments provided the kingpin-to-rear axle distance does not exceed 43 feet. This distance is measured from the kingpin to the center of the rear axle or, if the semitrailer has a tandem axle, to a point midway between the first and last axles of the tandem. Otherwise, semitrailers, including semitrailers which are part of an automobile haulaway, are limited to 48 feet in length.
These vehicles and combinations are also allowed to operate on undesignated highways for a distance of 5 miles or less from the designated highway in order to reach fuel, food, maintenance, repair, rest, staging, terminal or vehicle assembly or points of loading or unloading.
Fiscal Estimate
The Department estimates that there will be no fiscal impact on the liabilities or revenues of any county, city, village, town, school district, technical college district or sewerage district.
Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
The provisions of this proposed rule adding highway segments to the designated system have no direct adverse effect on small businesses, and may have a favorable effect on those small businesses which are shippers or carriers using the newly-designated routes.
Copies of Rule and Contact Person
Copies of this proposed rule are available without cost upon request to the office of the State Traffic Engineer, P. O. Box 7916, Madison, Wisconsin, 53707, telephone (608) 266-1675. For questions about this rulemaking, please call Mark Morrison, Traffic & Safety Engineer at (608) 266-1675. Alternate formats of the proposed rule will be provided to individuals at their request.
Notice of Hearing
Veterans Affairs
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to ss. 45.35 (3), 45.357 (2), 45.397 (2) (a) and 45.73 (1), Stats., and interpreting ss. 45.351, 45.357 (2), 45.397, 45.76 and 45.79 (3) (a), Stats., the Dept. of Veterans Affairs will hold a public hearing at the time and place indicated below to consider revision to the VA Code, relating to several state veterans benefit programs.
Hearing Information
The hearing will be held as follows:
April 17, 1998   Learning Resource Center
Friday   Southern Wisconsin Center
9:15 a.m.   UNION GROVE, WI
Analysis and Summary Prepared by the Dept. Of Veterans Affairs
Upon enactment of 1997 Wis. Act 27, the legislature modified various state veterans benefit programs. Specifically, the economic assistance loan program was terminated; the health care aid grant program was reinstated; the primary mortgage housing loan program was amended to permit additional funding through the use of taxable bond proceeds; the retraining grant program was amended to provide grants to veterans who participate in on-the-job training programs; and the Department was authorized to charge fees for transitional housing and other assistance under the veterans assistance program. The proposed rules will permit the Department to fully implement these legislative initiatives.
In relation to the defunct economic assistance loan and consumer loan programs, the Department has repealed those portions of the administrative code no longer necessary. Provisions relating to the administration of the existing loan portfolio will be retained. Specifically, subordination and student loan deferral criteria are codified in ch. VA 1.
In relation to the health care aid grant program, the Department has identified the requirements relating to the term “certificate of entitlement” as required by the new statutory language. Additionally, references to prior authorization have been deleted. Finally, expenditure limitations regarding retroactivity and specific services have been defined so that expenditures will be limited to the expenditure authority provided in 1997 Wis. Act 27.
In relation to the primary mortgage housing loan program, the Department has codified requirements applicable to the portion of the program funded by tax exempt bond proceeds so that the requirements are also applicable to loans funded by the newly-authorized taxable bond proceeds. Additionally, code language defines the terms “dependent child” and “creditworthy guarantor,” both of which are applicable as a result of the enactment of 1997 Wis. Act 27.
In relation to the retraining grant program, requirements for eligible on-the-job training are programs identified. This is explicitly required by the amended statutory language.
Finally, in relation to the veterans assistance program, 1997 Wis. Act 27 authorizes the Department to charge fees for services under a fee schedule established by rules. The proposed rules implement this directive. The fee schedule identifies the amounts and types of income which will be available for fee payments and the month during which the fee may first be assessed.
Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
This rule is not expected to have an adverse impact on small businesses.
Copies of Rule and Fiscal Estimate
A copy of the proposed rules and the full fiscal estimate may be obtained by writing to:
John Rosinski
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 7843
Madison, WI 53707-7843
Contact Person
John Rosinski (608) 266-7916
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.
Administration (CR 98-5):
SS. WGC 13.05 (3) (a) and 13.15 (4) (c) - Relating to license fees for kennel owners at greyhound racetracks.
Arts Board (CR 98-13):
Chs. AB 1 to 4 - Relating to the criteria and procedures under which the Wisconsin Arts Board administers the funds available for grants to individual artists and arts organizations and administers the program of arts in public buildings.
Commerce (CR 98-6):
Chs. Comm 122 and 128 - Relating to physician and health care provider loan assistance program.
Employe Trust Funds (CR 97-143):
S. ETF 41.02 - Relating to long-term care insurance.
Natural Resources (CR 97-140):
SS. NR 10.001 and 10.102 - Relating to bear hunting.
Natural Resources (CR 97-141):
Ch. NR 149 - Relating to laboratory certification and registration.
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