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Under 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, the legislature provides for the release of inmates from prison if certain criteria are met. The Earned Release Review Commission (formerly the Parole Commission) is responsible for implementing several of those procedures. Specifically, the commission is responsible for considering the early release of inmates under: (1) section 304.06 (1) (bg)1. and 2., Stats., after the inmate has served the term of confinement of their bifurcated sentence less positive adjustment time, (2) section 304.06 (1) (bg) 3. and 4., Stats., after the inmate has served either 75 % or 85 % of their term of confinement, depending on the offense for which the inmate was sentenced, and (3) section 302.1135 (2) (a), (b), and (c), Stats., based on age or extraordinary health.
If the rule is not created promptly and immediately, the commission will not be able to proceed in reviewing inmates under these various release procedures. This could result in significant delay in the implementation of the statutory provisions which will negatively impact the ability of the department of corrections to manage the inmate population in a safe and effective manner. In addition, a delay will affect the management and control of inmate population levels of correctional facilities with the resources necessary to maintain public safety.
The purpose of the emergency rule is to implement newly created statutory provisions providing for release of inmates under specified circumstances. The permanent rule process has been started. However, the permanent rule process will take approximately nine months to complete. Emergency rules are necessary to respond the legislatively recognized need to review inmates who meet the requirements under the statutes for potential release while the permanent rules are being developed.
Publication Date: December 31, 2009
Effective Dates: December 31, 2009
through May 29, 2010
Extension Through: July 28, 2010
Hearing Date: February 23, 2010
Employee Trust Funds
emergency_rules EmR0938 EmR0938 — Rule adopted revising Chapters ETF 10, 20 and 40, relating to the implementation of benefit changes mandated in 2009 Wisconsin Act 28; specifically, domestic partner benefits and the expansion of health insurance coverage to adult dependents up to the age of 27 years.
Finding of Emergency
The Department of Employee Trust Funds finds that an emergency exists and that emergency rules are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare. A statement of the facts constituting the emergency is:
ETF cannot promulgate a permanent rule in compliance with the mandated changes by January 1, 2010, which is the effective date of the domestic partnership and the health insurance provisions of 2009 Wisconsin Act 28. Without an emergency rule in place, the ability of ETF to enroll and cover participants' domestic partners and to provide health insurance to adult dependents would be seriously impaired. ETF would be unable to provide health insurance and other benefits to domestic partners and adult dependents.
Publication Date: December 28, 2009
Effective Dates: January 1, 2010
through May 30, 2010
Extension Through: July 29, 2010
Hearing Date: February 12, 2010
Government Accountability Board
emergency_rules EmR1016 EmR1016 — Rule adopted to create section GAB 1.91, relating to organizations making independent disbursements.
Finding of Emergency
Pursuant to s. 227.24, Stats., the Government Accountability Board finds an emergency exists as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. ___, (No. 08-205)(January 21, 2010). Within the context of ch. 11, Stats, the rule provides direction to organizations receiving contributions for independent disbursements or making independent disbursements. Comporting with Citizens United, this emergency rule order does not treat persons making independent disbursements as full political action committees or individuals under s. 11.05, Stats., for the purposes of registration and reporting. With respect to contributions or in-kind contributions received, this emergency rule order requires organizations to disclose only donations "made for" political purposes, but not donations received for other purposes.
The Board adopts the legislature's policy findings of s. 11.001, Stats., emphasizing that one of the most important sources of information to voters about candidates is available through the campaign finance reporting system. The Board further finds that it is necessary to codify registration, reporting and disclaimer requirements for organizations receiving contributions for independent disbursements or making independent disbursements so that the campaign finance information is available to voters. The rule must be adopted immediately to ensure the public peace and welfare with respect to the administration of current and future elections.
Publication Date: May 20, 2010
Effective Dates: May 20, 2010 through
October 16, 2010
Health Services (2)
Health, Chs. DHS 110—
emergency_rules EmR1004 1. EmR1004 — Rule adopted to create sections DHS 195.145 and 197.145, relating to carbon monoxide detectors in hotels, motels, tourist rooming houses and bed and breakfast establishments, and affecting small businesses.
Finding of Emergency
DHS finds that an emergency exists and that the adoption of an emergency rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare. The facts constituting the emergency are as follows:
Section 101.149 (2) and (3), Stats., requires the owners of lodging establishments, including hotels, tourist rooming houses, and bed and breakfast establishments that were constructed on or before October 1, 2008, or had plans reviewed by the department of commerce before October 1, 2008, to, not later than April 1, 2010, install carbon monoxide detectors in every residential building that has a fuel-burning appliance, unless, pursuant to s. 101.149 (5), Stats., the building does not have an attached garage and all fuel-burning appliances in the building have sealed combustion units that are either covered by the manufacturer's warranty against defects or are inspected under rules promulgated by DHS.
Section 254.74 (1) (am), Stats., requires DHS to promulgate rules under which DHS would conduct inspections of sealed combustion units for carbon monoxide emissions, and rules that specify the conditions under which DHS may issue orders to correct violations of s. 101.149 (2) or (3), Stats.
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Effective Dates: April 1, 2010 through
August 28, 2010
Hearing Dates: April 21, 23, 27, 28, 30, 2010
emergency_rules EmR1009 2. EmR1009 — Rule adopted to revise Chapter DHS 137, relating to anatomical gifts and the Wisconsin Donor Registry.
Finding of Emergency
The Department of Health Services finds that an emergency exists and that the adoption of an emergency rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare. The facts constituting the emergency are as follows:
There are over 105,000 people in the United Sates on the national waiting list for organ transplants including 1,500 in Wisconsin. Due to the limited availability of organs for transplantation, 18 people die each day in the United States.
As part of Wisconsin's response to the need for increased organ and tissue donation, the department, as authorized under s. 157.06 (20), Stats., has established the Wisconsin Donor Registry (Donor Registry).
The Donor Registry will make it easier for Wisconsin residents to become donors and for procurement organizations to identify donors, and thus it should increase the supply of available organs and tissues, which may save the lives of persons awaiting transplant.
Promulgating the rules for the Donor Registry as emergency rules will enable department-authorized procurement organizations to quickly determine whether a person who is at or near death has a record of gift. In addition, the Donor Registry makes it possible for individuals to immediately make anatomical gifts.
The Donor Registry will become available for use by the public upon the effective date of these emergency rules and may be accessed by the public at yesIwillwisconsin.com. Substantially identical permanent rules are being proposed concurrent to this emergency order.
Publication Date: March 29, 2010
Effective Dates: March 29, 2010 through
August 25, 2010
Hearing Date: May 5, 2010
Insurance (4)
emergency_rules EmR0925 1. EmR0925 — Rule adopted to create section Ins 3.75, relating to continuation of group health insurance policies.
Exemption From Finding of Emergency
Under 2009 Wisconsin Act 11, section 9126, a Finding of Emergency is not required for this emergency rule. The relevant portion of 2009 Act 11 reads as follows:
2009 Wisconsin Act 11, SECTION 9126.0Nonstatutory provisions; Insurance.
(4) Continuation coverage rules. (a) Notwithstanding section 632.897 of the statutes and subsections (1), (2), and (3), the commissioner of insurance may promulgate rules establishing standards requiring insurers to provide continuation of coverage for any individual covered at any time under a group policy who is a state eligible individual to whom subsection (2) or (3) applies or an assistance eligible individual, as defined under section 3001 (a) (3) of the federal act, including rules governing election or extension of election periods, notice, rates, premiums, premium payment, application of preexisting condition exclusions, and election of alternative coverage.
(b) The commissioner may promulgate the rules under paragraph (a) as emergency rules under section 227.24 of the statutes. Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (c) of the statutes, emergency rules promulgated under this paragraph may remain in effect for one year and may be extended under section 227.24 (2) of the statutes. Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (a) and (3) of the statutes, the commissioner is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule under this paragraph as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of emergency for a rule promulgated under this paragraph. [Emphasis Added]
Publication Date: October 1, 2009
Effective Dates: October 2, 2009
through October 1, 2010
Hearing Date: December 8, 2009
emergency_rules EmR0945 2. EmR0945 — Rule adopted revising section Ins 3.75, relating to the continuation of group health insurance policies.
Exemption From Finding of Emergency
Under 2009 Wisconsin Act 11, section 9126, a Finding of Emergency is not required for this emergency rule. The relevant portion of 2009 Act 11 reads as follows:
2009 Wisconsin Act 11, SECTION 9126.0Nonstatutory provisions; Insurance.
(4) CONTINUATION COVERAGE RULES (a) Notwithstanding section 632.897 of the statutes and subsections (1), (2), and (3), the commissioner of insurance may promulgate rules establishing standards requiring insurers to provide continuation of coverage for any individual covered at any time under a group policy who is a state eligible individual to whom subsection (2) or (3) applies or an assistance eligible individual, as defined under section 3001 (a) (3) of the federal act, including rules governing election or extension of election periods, notice, rates, premiums, premium payment, application of preexisting condition exclusions, and election of alternative coverage.
(b) The commissioner may promulgate the rules under paragraph (a) as emergency rules under section 227.24 of the statutes. Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (c) of the statutes, emergency rules promulgated under this paragraph may remain in effect for one year and may be extended under section 227.24 (2) of the statutes Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (a) and (3) of the statutes, the commissioner is not required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule under this paragraph as an emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of emergency for a rule promulgated under this paragraph. [Emphasis Added]
Publication Date: January 7, 2010
Effective Dates: January 8, 2010
through June 6, 2010
Hearing Date: May 5, 2010
emergency_rules EmR1005 3. EmR1005 — A rule adopted creating section Ins 3.36, relating to treatment of autism spectrum disorders and affecting small business.
Exemption From Finding of Emergency
The Commissioner of Insurance pursuant to s. 632.895 (12m) (f) 2., Stats., need not find that an emergency exists nor provide evidence that promulgating a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety or welfare.
Publication Date: March 8, 2010
Effective Dates: March 8, 2010
through August 4, 2010
(subject to s. 632.895 (12m) (f), Stats.)
Hearing Date: May 26, 2010
emergency_rules EmR1020 4. EmR1020 — Rule adopted to revise Chapter Ins 17, relating to annual injured patients and families compensation fund fees and medical mediation panel fees for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, and may have an effect on small business.
Finding of Emergency
The Commissioner of Insurance finds that an emergency exists and that an emergency rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare. Facts constituting the emergency are as follows:
These changes must be in place with an effective date of July 1, 2010 for the new fiscal year assessments. The fiscal year fees were established by the Board of Governors at a meeting on May 18, 2010.
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
Effective Dates: June 15, 2010
through November 11, 2010
Hearing Date: July 19, 2010
(See the Notice in this Register)
Natural Resources
Fish, Game, etc., Chs. NR 1—
emergency_rules EmR1014 EmR1014 — Rule adopted to create section NR 45.13 (1m) (d), relating to the establishment of a slow-no-wake zone on the Wisconsin River at the Dells of Wisconsin River state natural area.
Finding of Emergency
The Department of Natural Resources finds that and emergency exists and that an emergency rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare. A statement of the facts constituting the emergency is: Based on information received by the Department, user conflicts are increasing. Failure to enact this rule could lead to additional boating accidents and potential for injury during the upcoming high use season.
Publication Date: May 20, 2010
Effective Dates: May 20, 2010 through
October 16, 2010
Hearing Date: June 22, 2010
Natural Resources
Environmental Protection — Hazardous Waste Management, Chs. NR 600—
emergency_rules EmR1007 EmR1007 A rule adopted revising section NR 660.10, relating to hazardous waste management.
Exemption From Finding of Emergency
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