Emergency rules now in effect
Under s. 227.24, Stats., state agencies may promulgate rules without complying with the usual rule-making procedures. Using this special procedure to issue emergency rules, an agency must find that either the preservation of the public peace, health, safety or welfare necessitates its action in bypassing normal rule-making procedures.
Emergency rules are published in the official state newspaper, which is currently the Wisconsin State Journal. Emergency rules are in effect for 150 days and can be extended up to an additional 120 days with no single extension to exceed 60 days.
Extension of the effective period of an emergency rule is granted at the discretion of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules under s. 227.24 (2), Stats.
Notice of all emergency rules which are in effect must be printed in the Wisconsin Administrative Register. This notice will contain a brief description of the emergency rule, the agency finding of emergency, date of publication, the effective and expiration dates, any extension of the effective period of the emergency rule and information regarding public hearings on the emergency rule.
Copies of emergency rule orders can be obtained from the promulgating agency. The text of current emergency rules can be viewed at www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code.
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Rules adopted revising ch. ATCP 77, relating to certification of drug residue screening laboratories and approval of laboratory analysts to perform drug residue screening tests on milk.
Finding of emergency
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (“department") finds that an emergency exists and that the following emergency rule is necessary to protect the public welfare. This emergency rule will bring Wisconsin into compliance with federal requirements. Wisconsin must comply with the federal requirements in order for Wisconsin dairy plants to continue shipping milk in interstate commerce. Interstate milk shipments are critical for the state's dairy industry, and for the overall economy and well being of the state. The facts constituting the emergency are as follows:
(1) Grade A milk shipments are governed by the Interstate Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), jointly administered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shippers (representing participating states). In order for Wisconsin dairy plants to ship milk in interstate, Wisconsin must comply with the PMO and FDA mandates related to the PMO. Under s. 97.24, Stats., the Wisconsin Legislature has directed the department to adopt rules that conform to the PMO.
(2) Under the PMO and current state rules, all raw milk received by a dairy plant must be tested for certain drug residues (antibiotics from the penicillin family of drugs).
(3) FDA approves tests used for drug residue testing. There are 15 different tests that are approved for use. Some of these tests use a mechanical reader that determines the test result and then records it on a printer tape or directly to a computer. But other approved tests are “visually read", and involve no mechanical reader. In these tests, an individual analyst interprets a color change to determine whether drug residues are present.
(4) The department currently certifies laboratories and analysts that conduct confirmatory drug residue tests on raw milk samples. The department certifies these laboratories and analysts under ch. ATCP 77, Wis. Adm. Code. The department does not currently certify laboratories or analysts that perform only preliminary screening tests for drug residues, although it does provide training. Some preliminary screening tests use mechanical readers, while others are “visually read."
(5) On July 2, 2001, FDA issued a new directive requiring states to approve laboratories that conduct screening tests (not just confirmatory tests) for drug residues in milk. A state must conduct an on-site evaluation before approving a laboratory or analyst to conduct “visual read" screening tests. According to the FDA, the department must complete its evaluations and issue its approvals by March 1, 2002. FDA may de-certify Wisconsin milk shippers if the department fails to carry out this directive, or if milk shipments are not tested by approved laboratories and analysts. De-certification could prevent the movement of Wisconsin milk in interstate commerce.
(6) In order to ensure the continued movement of Wisconsin milk in interstate commerce, the department must adopt rules expanding the current lab certification program under ch. ATCP 77, Wis. Adm. Code. The rules will require certification of laboratories conducting drug residue screening tests. The rules will also require on-site evaluation and approval of individual analysts conducting “visual read" screening tests. The rules will create new lab certification fees to pay for the expanded program, including the cost to perform the required on-site evaluations. The department must adopt these rules as soon as possible, in order to complete the required evaluations and issue the required approvals by March 1, 2002.
(7) The department cannot create this new program, by normal rulemaking procedures, in time to meet the March 1, 2002 deadline. The department is therefore adopting this temporary emergency rule under s. 227.24, Stats., pending the adoption of “permanent" rules by normal procedures. This emergency rule is needed to ensure the continued movement of Wisconsin milk in interstate commerce, and to prevent the economic disruption that would occur if that movement were interrupted.
Publication Date:   November 15, 2001
Effective Date:   November 15, 2001
Expiration Date:   April 14, 2002
Hearing Dates:   November 29, December 4,
  5 & 6, 2001
Commerce (3)
(Financial Assistance for Businesses and Communities)
(Chs. Comm 105-128)
1. Rules adopted revising ch. Comm 110 relating to brownfields redevelopment grants.
Finding of emergency
The Department of Commerce finds that an emergency exists and that adoption of the rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety, and welfare.
The facts constituting the emergency are as follows. Under section 3628 of 2001 Wis. Act 16, the Department must begin accepting applications from trustees and nonprofit organizations, for brownfields redevelopment grants. And, under section 3630 of the Act, the Department must begin disallowing use of the grant funds to pay either delinquent real estate taxes or lien claims of the Department of Natural Resources or the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The Department's rules for administering the brownfields grant program are currently contained in ch. Comm 110 Wis. Adm. Code. These current rules do not recognize trustees and nonprofit organizations as eligible applicants, and do not include disallowing grant funds for payments on either back taxes, or on state or federal lien claims.
In November, the Department expects to begin promulgating permanent rules for making ch. Comm 110 consistent with Act 16. Due to the mandatory rulemaking procedures under ch. 227, Stats., the permanent rules are not expected to become effective until July 1, 2002. In order to comply with Act 16 by accepting applications and issuing grants for trustees and nonprofit organizations prior to then, emergency rules reflecting these changes are needed, as included herein. These emergency rules also address the above disallowance for grant proceeds, and include some minor updating of the ch. Comm 110 criteria for submitting grant applications and for filing subsequent financial and program reports.
Pursuant to s. 227.24, Stats., this rule is adopted as an emergency rule to take effect upon publication in the official state newspaper and filing with the Secretary of State and Revisor of Statutes.
Publication Date:   October 27, 2001
Effective Date:   October 27, 2001
Expiration Date:   March 26, 2002
Hearing Date:   January 11, 2002
2. Rules adopted revising ch. Comm 108, relating to community development block grant program.
Finding of emergency
The Department of Commerce finds that an emergency exists and that adoption of a rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety and welfare.
The facts constituting the emergency are as follows:
Under the state's Consolidated Plan for the expenditure of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Funds (HUD), the department has available Community Development Block Grant Funds specifically for community and economic development projects that typically are planned and designed during the winter months for commencement when the ground thaws.
Having the ability to make these grants available at this time would assist eligible local governmental units with their project planning, obtain bids during a time when bids can be as much as 20 percent less than bids obtained in late winter or early spring, and allow for construction start-up early in the spring.
Project readiness is a consideration in awarding grants under this program.
Bid letting and contract approvals made prior to the construction season may allow for the completion of construction projects within one construction season.
The acceptance and funding of applications at this time will provide an economic stimulus at the local government level in the form of planning, engineering and particularly construction contracts which offer high paying jobs.
This rule revision relates to changes in definitions which occurred in the 1999 Wis. Act 9; additional program funds now available from U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD); revising the application schedule on a continuing basis; and updating the process of scoring applications.
Currently public facility grants to eligible communities are awarded annually. Under this proposal, grants can be awarded throughout the year making it easier for communities to prepare and submit their proposals.
The rule revisions reflect the expansion of funding programs for public facilities planning to issue grants to eligible local governments for public facilities planning up to $12,500 per plan.
Publication Date:   December 1, 2001
Effective Date:   December 1, 2001
Expiration Date:   April 30, 2002
Hearing Date:   January 16, 2002
3. Rules adopted creating ch. Comm 107, relating to Wisconsin technology zone program.
Finding of emergency
The Department of Commerce finds that an emergency exists and that adoption of a rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety and welfare.
Facts constituting the emergency are as follows:
In accordance with s. 560.02 (4), Stats., the department of Commerce has the responsibility to promulgate rules to provide for the attraction, promotion and expansion of high-technology business in the state.
Section 560.96, Stats., makes available certain tax benefits for certified businesses within the 8 designated technology zones. Tax benefits are available to certified businesses if their tax year begins on or after January 1, 2002.
In response to a downturn in the economy and recent economic forecasts, Governor McCallum has prioritized the need to promulgate these rules as part of his economic stimulus package.
The technology zone program will address several action items identified by the 2000 Wisconsin Economic Summit to ensure Wisconsin's short- and long-term economic vitality and success, including:
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