253.06(3)(a)2. 2. The vendor meets the minimum requirements for authorization, as established by the department by rule under sub. (5) (a) 1.
253.06(3)(a)3. 3. The vendor does not have any outstanding fines, forfeitures, or recoupments, or costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under ch. 814, that were levied against that vendor for a violation of this section or for a violation of rules promulgated under this section. This subdivision does not apply if the vendor has contested the fine, forfeiture, or recoupment, or costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under ch. 814, and has not exhausted administrative or judicial review.
253.06(3)(a)4. 4. The vendor is fit and qualified, as determined by the department. In determining whether a vendor is fit and qualified, the department shall consider any relevant conviction of the vendor or any of the vendor's employees for civil or criminal violations substantially related to the operation of a grocery store or pharmacy.
253.06(3)(a)5. 5. The vendor has an electronic benefit transfer-capable cash register system or payment device, approved by the department, that is able to accurately and securely obtain Women, Infants, and Children program food balances associated with the electronic benefit transfer card, maintain the necessary electronic files such as the approved food list, successfully complete Women, Infants, and Children program electronic benefit transfer purchases, and process Women, Infants, and Children program electronic benefit transfer payments.
253.06(3)(bg) (bg) The department may limit the number of vendors that it authorizes under this subsection if the department determines that the number of vendors already authorized under this subsection is sufficient to permit participants to obtain approved food conveniently.
253.06(3)(bm) (bm) The department shall approve or deny initial authorization within 90 days after the receipt of a completed application. If the application is denied, the department shall give the applicant reasons, in writing, for the denial and shall inform the applicant of the right to appeal that decision under sub. (6).
253.06(3)(c) (c) The department may redeem food instruments only when submitted by a person who is an authorized vendor under this subsection except as provided in sub. (3m).
253.06(3)(d) (d) Each store operated by a business entity is a separate vendor for purposes of this section and is required to have a single, fixed location, except when the authorization of mobile stores is necessary to meet special needs in accordance with 7 CFR 246.4 (1) (14) (xiv). The department shall require that each store be authorized as a vendor separately from other stores operated by the business entity.
253.06(3m) (3m) Direct distribution centers.
253.06(3m)(a)(a) The department may contract for an alternative system of approved food distribution with an entity other than a vendor only if the entity meets all of the following requirements:
253.06(3m)(a)1. 1. The entity meets the minimum requirements established by the department by rule under sub. (5) (a) 1.
253.06(3m)(a)2. 2. The entity does not have any outstanding fines, forfeitures, or recoupments, or costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under ch. 814, that were levied against that entity for a violation of this section or for a violation of rules promulgated under this section. This subdivision does not apply if the entity has contested the fine, forfeiture, or recoupment, or costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under ch. 814, and has not exhausted administrative or judicial review.
253.06(3m)(a)3. 3. The entity is fit and qualified, as determined by the department.
253.06(3m)(a)4. 4. The entity has an electronic benefit transfer-capable cash register system or payment device, approved by the department, that is able to accurately and securely obtain Women, Infants, and Children program food balances associated with the electronic benefit transfer card, maintain the necessary files, successfully complete Women, Infants, and Children program electronic benefit transfer purchases, and process Women, Infants, and Children program electronic benefit transfer payments.
253.06(3m)(b) (b) The department may process a payment if submitted by a direct distribution center that is authorized by the department under this subsection.
253.06(4) (4) Prohibited practices.
253.06(4)(a)(a) No person may do any of the following:
253.06(4)(a)1. 1. Accept a food instrument or submit a request to the department for redemption without authorization.
253.06(4)(a)2m. 2m. Engage in trafficking.
253.06(4)(a)3. 3. Accept a food instrument other than in exchange for approved food that is selected by the electronic benefit transfer cardholder.
253.06(4)(a)3m. 3m. Provide approved food or other commodities to an electronic benefit transfer cardholder in exchange for a food instrument accepted by a 3rd party.
253.06(4)(a)4. 4. Submit a payment request for a dollar amount that is higher than the actual retail price of the item for which a food instrument was used.
253.06(4)(a)5m. 5m. Confiscate a food instrument or ask for or enter the electronic benefit transfer cardholder's personal identification number.
253.06(4)(a)7. 7. Provide materially false information to the department or fail to provide in a timely manner material information that the department requests.
253.06(4)(a)9. 9. Provide to someone other than the department a food instrument; a Women, Infants, and Children program electronic benefit transfer card; or food purchased with a food instrument for something of value.
253.06(4)(b) (b) A person who violates any provision of this subsection is guilty of a Class I felony for the first offense and is guilty of a Class H felony for the 2nd or subsequent offense.
253.06(4)(c)1.1. Whenever a court imposes a fine, forfeiture, or recoupment for a violation of this subsection or imposes a forfeiture or recoupment for a violation of rules promulgated under sub. (5), the court shall also impose a supplemental food enforcement surcharge under ch. 814 in an amount of 50 percent of the fine, forfeiture, or recoupment imposed. If multiple offenses are involved, the court shall base the supplemental food enforcement surcharge on the total fine, forfeiture, and recoupment amounts for all offenses. When a fine, forfeiture, or recoupment is suspended in whole or in part, the court shall reduce the supplemental food enforcement surcharge in proportion to the suspension.
253.06(4)(c)2. 2. If a fine or forfeiture is imposed by a court of record, after a determination by the court of the amount due, the clerk of the court shall collect and transmit such amount to the county treasurer as provided in s. 59.40 (2) (m). The county treasurer shall then make payment to the secretary of administration as provided in s. 59.25 (3) (f) 2.
253.06(5) (5) Rules and penalties.
253.06(5)(a)(a) The department shall promulgate rules to establish all of the following:
253.06(5)(a)1. 1. Minimum qualification standards for the authorization of vendors and infant formula suppliers and for the awarding of a contract to an entity under sub. (3m).
253.06(5)(a)2. 2. Standards of operation for authorized vendors and infant formula suppliers and direct distribution centers, including prohibited practices.
253.06(5)(a)3. 3. Minimum requirements for participants, including prohibited practices.
253.06(5)(a)4. 4. Procedures for approving or denying an application to be a participant, including appeal procedures.
253.06(5)(b) (b) A person who violates any rule promulgated under this subsection may be subject to any of the following:
253.06(5)(b)1. 1. Denial of the application to be a participant or authorized vendor or infant formula supplier.
253.06(5)(b)2. 2. Summary suspension or termination of authorization for an authorized vendor or infant formula supplier or, in the case of a direct distribution center, termination of the contract.
253.06(5)(b)3. 3. Disqualification from the program under this section for a vendor, infant formula supplier, or participant.
253.06(5)(b)4. 4. Forfeiture of not less than $10 nor more than $1,000.
253.06(5)(b)5. 5. Recoupment.
253.06(5)(b)6. 6. Civil monetary penalty.
253.06(5)(b)7. 7. Warning letter.
253.06(5)(b)8. 8. Implementation of a corrective action plan.
253.06(5)(c) (c) Whenever the department imposes a forfeiture or recoupment for a violation of rules promulgated under this subsection, the department shall also impose an enforcement assessment in an amount of 50 percent of the forfeiture or recoupment imposed. If multiple offenses are involved, the department shall base the enforcement assessment upon the total forfeiture and recoupment amounts for all offenses. When a forfeiture or recoupment is suspended in whole or in part, the department shall reduce the enforcement assessment in proportion to the suspension.
253.06(5)(d) (d) The department may directly assess a forfeiture provided for under par. (b) 4., recoupment provided for under par. (b) 5. and an enforcement assessment provided for under par. (c). If the department determines that a forfeiture, recoupment or enforcement assessment should be levied, or that authorization or eligibility should be summarily suspended or terminated, for a particular violation or for failure to correct it, the department shall send a notice of assessment, summary suspension or termination to the vendor, infant formula supplier, direct distribution center or participant. The notice shall inform the vendor, infant formula supplier, direct distribution center or participant of the right to a hearing under sub. (6) and shall specify all of the following:
253.06(5)(d)1. 1. The amount of the forfeiture assessed, if any.
253.06(5)(d)2. 2. The amount of the recoupment assessed, if any.
253.06(5)(d)3. 3. The amount of the enforcement assessment, if any.
253.06(5)(d)4. 4. The violation.
253.06(5)(d)5. 5. The statute or rule alleged to have been violated.
253.06(5)(d)6. 6. If applicable, the effective date of the summary suspension or termination.
253.06(5)(e)1.1. The termination of authorization of a vendor, infant formula supplier, or direct distribution center or eligibility of a participant shall be effective beginning on the 15th day after receipt of the notice of termination.
253.06(5)(e)2. 2. All forfeitures, recoupments, and enforcement assessments shall be paid to the department within 15 days after receipt of notice of assessment or, if the forfeiture, recoupment, or enforcement assessment is contested under sub. (6), within 10 days after receipt of the final decision after exhaustion of administrative review, unless the final decision is adverse to the department or unless the final decision is appealed and the decision is stayed by court order under sub. (7). The department shall remit all forfeitures paid to the secretary of administration for deposit in the school fund. The department shall deposit all enforcement assessments in the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (gr).
253.06(5)(e)3. 3. The summary suspension of authorization of a vendor, infant formula supplier, or direct distribution center shall be effective immediately upon receipt of the notice under par. (d).
253.06(5)(f) (f) The attorney general may bring an action in the name of the state to collect any forfeiture or recoupment imposed under par. (b) or enforcement assessment imposed under par. (c), if the forfeiture, recoupment or enforcement assessment has not been paid following the exhaustion of all administrative and judicial reviews. The only issue that may be contested in any such action is whether the forfeiture or enforcement assessment has been paid.
253.06(6) (6) Appeal procedure.
253.06(6)(a)(a) Any hearing under s. 227.42 granted by the department under this section may be conducted before the division of hearings and appeals in the department of administration.
253.06(6)(b) (b) A person may contest an assessment of forfeiture, recoupment or enforcement assessment, a denial or termination of authorization, a civil monetary penalty assessed in lieu of disqualification, a summary suspension, or a termination of eligibility by sending a written request for hearing under s. 227.44 to the division of hearings and appeals in the department of administration within 10 days after the receipt of the notice issued under sub. (3) (bm) or (5) (d). The administrator of the division of hearings and appeals may designate a hearing examiner to preside over the case and recommend a decision to the administrator under s. 227.46. The decision of the administrator of the division of hearings and appeals shall be the final administrative decision. The division of hearings and appeals shall commence the hearing and issue a final decision within 60 days after receipt of the request for hearing unless all of the parties consent to a later date. Proceedings before the division of hearings and appeals are governed by ch. 227. In any petition for judicial review of a decision by the division of hearings and appeals, the department, if not the petitioner who was in the proceeding before the division of hearings and appeals, shall be the named respondent.
253.06(7) (7) Injunction procedure. No injunction may be issued in any proceeding for review under ch. 227 of a decision of the division of hearings and appeals under sub. (6), suspending or staying the decision except upon application to the circuit court or presiding judge thereof, notice to the department and any other party and hearing. No injunction that delays or prevents a decision of the division of hearings and appeals from becoming effective may be issued in any other proceeding or action in any court unless the parties to the proceeding before the division of hearings and appeals in which the order was made are also parties to the proceeding or action before the court.
253.06(8) (8) Inspection of premises. The department may visit and inspect each authorized vendor and infant formula supplier and each direct distribution center, and for such purpose shall be given unrestricted access to the premises described in the authorization or contract.
253.06(9) (9) Confidentiality of applicant and participant information.
253.06(9)(a)(a) Any information about an applicant or participant, whether it is obtained from the applicant or participant or another source or is generated as a result of application for the Women, Infants, and Children program, that identifies the applicant or participant or a family member of the applicant or participant is confidential.
253.06(9)(b) (b) Except as explicitly permitted under this section, the department shall restrict the use and disclosure of confidential applicant and participant information to any person directly connected with the administration or enforcement of the Women, Infants, and Children program that the department determines has a need to know the information for Women, Infants, and Children program purposes. Persons who may be allowed to access confidential information under this paragraph include personnel from the local agencies, persons under contract with the department to perform research regarding the Women, Infants, and Children program, and persons that are investigating or prosecuting Women, Infants, and Children program violations of federal, state, or local law.
253.06(9)(c) (c) The department or any local agency may use or disclose to public organizations confidential applicant and participant information for the administration of other programs that serve individuals eligible for the Women, Infants, and Children program in accordance with 7 CFR 246.26 (h).
253.06(9)(d) (d) Staff of the department and local agencies who are required by state law to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect may disclose confidential applicant and participant information without the consent of the participant or applicant to the extent necessary to comply with the law.
253.06(9)(e) (e) Except in the case of subpoenas or search warrants, the department and local agencies may disclose confidential applicant and participant information to individuals or entities not listed in this section only if the affected applicant or participant signs a release form authorizing the disclosure and specifying the parties to which the information may be disclosed. The department or local agency shall allow applicants and participants to refuse to sign the release form and shall notify the applicant or participant that signing the form is not a condition of eligibility and refusing to sign the form will not affect the applicant's or participant's application or participation in the Women, Infants, and Children program. Release forms authorizing disclosure to private physicians or other health care providers may be included as part of the Women, Infants, and Children program application or certification process. All other requests for applicants or participants to sign voluntary release forms may occur only after the application and certification process is complete.
253.06(9)(f) (f) The department or local agency shall provide to an applicant or participant access to all information he or she has provided to the Women, Infants, and Children program. In the case of an applicant or participant who is an infant or child, the access may be provided to a parent or guardian of the infant or child, assuming that any issues regarding custody or guardianship have been settled. The department or local agency is not required to provide the applicant or participant or parent or guardian of an infant or child applicant or participant access to any other information in the file or record, including documentation of income provided by a 3rd party and staff assessments of an applicant or participant's condition or behavior, unless required by law or unless the information supports a state or local agency decision being appealed under 7 CFR 246.9.
253.06(10) (10) Confidentiality of vendor information.
253.06(10)(a) (a) Any information about a vendor, whether it is obtained from the vendor or another source, that individually identifies the vendor except for the vendor's name, address, telephone number, Internet or electronic mail address, store type, and Women, Infants, and Children program authorization status is confidential. The department shall restrict the use or disclosure of confidential vendor information to any of the following:
253.06(10)(a)1. 1. Persons directly connected with the administration or enforcement of the Women, Infants, and Children program or the food stamp program under s. 49.79 that the department determines have a need to know the information for purposes of these programs. These persons may include personnel from local agencies and persons investigating or prosecuting violations of Women, Infants, and Children program or food stamp program federal, state, or local laws.
253.06(10)(a)2. 2. Persons directly connected with the administration or enforcement of any federal or state law or local ordinance. Before releasing information to a state or local entity, the department shall enter into a written agreement with the requesting party specifying that the information cannot be used or redisclosed except for purposes directly connected with the administration or enforcement of the federal or state law or local ordinance.
253.06(10)(a)3. 3. A vendor that is subject to an adverse action under sub. (5), including a claim, to the extent that the confidential information concerns the vendor that is subject to the adverse action and is related to the adverse action.
253.06(10)(b) (b) The department may disclose to all authorized vendors and applicants to be a vendor sanctions that have been imposed on vendors if the disclosure identifies only the vendor's name, address, length of the disqualification or amount of the monetary penalty, and a summary of the reason for the sanction provided in the notice of adverse action under sub. (5). The information under this paragraph may be disclosed only after all administrative and judicial review is exhausted and the department has prevailed regarding the sanction imposed on the vendor or after the time period for requesting administrative and judicial review has expired.
253.06 History History: 2009 a. 28 s. 1217; Stats. 2009 s. 253.06; 2019 a. 9; s. 35.17 correction in (10) (a) 1.
253.065 253.065 Dietetic internship program.
253.065(1)(1)The department shall establish a dietetic internship program with federal moneys from the special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children authorized under 42 USC 1786. If the department determines that it may not implement or fund the program without a federal waiver, the department shall, no later than 6 months after March 26, 2016, request a waiver from the secretary of the federal department of agriculture. The department shall implement the program unless the federal department of agriculture disapproves the waiver request or the department is prohibited from using federal moneys to establish the program.
253.065(2) (2)Subject to sub. (8), the department, through the supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under s. 253.06, may sponsor the number of interns per year determined by the department, beginning with a first class of interns in September 2017.
253.065(3) (3)Unless the department grants an exception, in order to be eligible for the internship program under sub. (1), an applicant must, at the time of his or her selection, be employed as a nutritionist for the supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under s. 253.06 by either the department or a local agency and have met the educational requirements under s. 448.78 (3).
253.065(4) (4)The department or local agency shall continue to pay an employee who participates in the internship program his or her salary for noninternship-related work hours from the supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under s. 253.06 (2). The department or local agency may pay an employee who participates in the internship program his or her salary for internship-related work hours from the supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under s. 253.06 (2) as funded from the federal special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children authorized under 42 USC 1786.
253.065(5) (5)The department shall issue to each individual who successfully completes the dietetic internship program under this section a certificate of completion that the individual may submit as verification of the completion of more than 900 hours of qualifying dietetics practice under s. 448.78 (4). The dietitians affiliated credentialing board shall accept certificates of completion issued under this subsection as satisfactory evidence under s. 448.78 (4).
253.065(6) (6)Each participant in the internship program shall agree to work at least 24 months for the department or a local agency as part of the supplemental food program for women, infants, and children under s. 253.06 upon successful completion of his or her internship. If the participant voluntarily terminates his or her employment with the supplemental food program for women, infants, and children before completing his or her obligated time under this subsection, or fails to take the dietetic registration examination within one year of internship completion, the participant must reimburse the department or a local agency for any incurred costs associated with his or her participation in the internship, including any income paid for internship-related work.
253.065(7) (7)
253.065(7)(a)(a) The department may promulgate rules necessary for administration of this section.
253.065(7)(b) (b) For the internship program under this section, the department shall promulgate rules to establish all of the following:
253.065(7)(b)1. 1. Training criteria and program completion standards consistent with the accreditation standards required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
253.065(7)(b)2. 2. Application procedures.
253.065(7)(b)3. 3. In addition to the requirement under sub. (3), criteria and requirements for intern selection.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 19, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 19, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-19-19)