49.78(11)(b) (b) The department, a county department, a multicounty consortium, or a tribal governing body may issue a subpoena, in substantially the form authorized under s. 885.02, to compel the production of financial information or other documentary evidence for determining or verifying eligibility or benefits for a recipient under any income maintenance program.
49.78(11)(c) (c) A person is not liable to any person for any of the following:
49.78(11)(c)1. 1. Allowing access to financial or other records by the department, a county department, a multicounty consortium, or a tribal governing body in response to a request under par. (a) or a subpoena described in par. (b).
49.78(11)(c)2. 2. Disclosing information from financial or other records to the department, a county department, a multicounty consortium, or a tribal governing body in response to a request under par. (a) or a subpoena described in par. (b).
49.78(11)(c)3. 3. Any other action taken in good faith to comply with this subsection or a subpoena described in par. (b) or to comply with a request for information or access to records from the department, a county department, a multicounty consortium, or a tribal governing body for determining or verifying eligibility or benefits for a recipient under any income maintenance program.
49.78 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 254, Wis. adm. code.
49.785 49.785 Funeral expenses.
49.785(1)(1)Except as provided in sub. (1m) and subject to s. 49.825, if any recipient specified in sub. (1c) dies and the estate of the deceased recipient is insufficient to pay the funeral, burial, and cemetery expenses of the deceased recipient, from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (4) (br) the department shall pay, to the person designated by the department, all of the following:
49.785(1)(a) (a) The lesser of $1,000 or the cemetery expenses that are not paid by the estate of the deceased and other persons.
49.785(1)(b) (b) The lesser of $1,500 or the funeral and burial expenses not paid by the estate of the deceased and other persons.
49.785(1c) (1c)All of the following are eligible recipients under this section:
49.785(1c)(a) (a) A recipient of benefits under s. 49.148, 49.46, or 49.77, or under 42 USC 1381 to 1385 in effect on May 8, 1980.
49.785(1c)(b) (b) A recipient of benefits under s. 49.471 who is any of the following:
49.785(1c)(b)1. 1. A pregnant woman or a child under 6 years of age with a family income not exceeding 185 percent of the poverty line at the time of death.
49.785(1c)(b)2. 2. A child at least 6 years of age but less than 19 years of age with a family income not exceeding 100 percent of the poverty line at the time of death.
49.785(1c)(b)3. 3. A parent or caretaker relative with a family income not exceeding 50 percent of the poverty line at the time of death.
49.785(1m) (1m)
49.785(1m)(a)(a) If the total cemetery expenses for the recipient exceed $3,500, the department is not required to make a payment for the cemetery expenses under sub. (1) (a).
49.785(1m)(b) (b) If the total funeral and burial expenses for the recipient exceed $4,500, the department is not required to make a payment for funeral and burial expenses under sub. (1) (b).
49.785(1m)(c) (c) If a request for payment under sub. (1) is made more than 12 months after the death of the recipient, the department is not required to make a payment for cemetery, funeral, or burial expenses.
49.785(1m)(d) (d) If the recipient, or the recipient's spouse or another person, owns a life insurance policy insuring the recipient's life and the face value of the policy is more than $3,000, any amount that the department would be obligated to pay under sub. (1) shall be reduced by one dollar for every dollar by which the face value of the policy exceeds $3,000.
49.785(1r) (1r)A funeral home, cemetery, or crematorium that receives payment under sub. (1) shall be exempt from paying any of the following fees:
49.785(1r)(a) (a) Fees for services rendered by a coroner or medical examiner.
49.785(1r)(b) (b) Fees assessed for the signing of a death record by a coroner or medical examiner.
49.785(1r)(c) (c) Fees assessed by a county related to transportation services.
49.785(2) (2)The department shall pursue recovery of any amounts paid under sub. (1) from the estate of the recipient and from the estate of any surviving spouse or former spouse of the recipient as provided in ss. 49.682 and 49.849.
49.785 Annotation A cement grave liner will be considered a funeral and burial expense or a cemetery expense depending on who provides the liner; a liner provided by a funeral home constitutes a funeral and burial expense subject to the statutory payment limit. 79 Atty. Gen. 164.
49.79 49.79 Food stamp administration.
49.79(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
49.79(1)(am) (am) “Able-bodied adult" means an individual who is not any of the following:
49.79(1)(am)1. 1. Younger than 18 years of age.
49.79(1)(am)2. 2. Fifty years of age or older.
49.79(1)(am)3. 3. Determined by the department to be medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment, as described in 7 CFR 273.24 (c) (2).
49.79(1)(am)6. 6. Exempt from the work requirement under the food stamp program, as described in 7 CFR 273.24 (c) (5).
49.79(1)(am)7. 7. Pregnant.
49.79(1)(ap) (ap) “Able-bodied adult without dependents” means an able-bodied adult who is not any of the following:
49.79(1)(ap)4. 4. A parent of a household member who is younger than 18 years old, even if the household member who is younger than 18 years old is not eligible for food stamps.
49.79(1)(ap)5. 5. Residing in a household that includes a household member who is younger than 18 years old, even if the household member who is younger than 18 years old is not eligible for food stamps.
49.79(1)(b) (b) “Controlled substance" has the meaning given in 21 USC 802 (6).
49.79(1)(bg) (bg) “Custodial parent" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (b).
49.79(1)(c) (c) “Food stamp program" means the federal food stamp program under 7 USC 2011 to 2036.
49.79(1)(e) (e) “Multicounty consortium" has the meaning given in s. 49.78 (1) (br).
49.79(1)(em) (em) “Noncustodial parent" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (h).
49.79(1)(f) (f) “Qualified alien" has the meaning given in 8 USC 1641 (b).
49.79(1)(g) (g) “Wisconsin Works employment position" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (r).
49.79(1m) (1m)Welfare recipient. An individual who is a recipient under the food stamp program is considered to be a welfare recipient for purposes of 21 USC 862b.
49.79(1p) (1p)Eligibility; restrictions on certain assets.
49.79(1p)(a)(a) In this subsection, “elderly, blind, or disabled individual” has the meaning given for “elderly or disabled member” in 7 USC 2012 (j).
49.79(1p)(b) (b) To the extent allowed under federal law, an individual who is not an elderly, blind, or disabled individual and who is at least 19 years of age is ineligible to participate in the food stamp program in a month in which any of the following applies:
49.79(1p)(b)1. 1. The individual owns more than one home.
49.79(1p)(b)2. 2. The individual owns a primary residence that is worth more than 200 percent of the statewide median home value. In calculating the home value, the value of any agricultural land owned by the individual is excluded.
49.79(1p)(b)3. 3. The combined equity value of vehicles, except those used for business purposes, owned by the individual is more than $20,000.
49.79(1p)(c) (c) If the department promulgates a rule establishing a hardship exemption, par. (b) does not apply to an individual who meets the criteria for a hardship exemption.
49.79(1r) (1r)Eligibility; asset limit.
49.79(1r)(a) (a) In this subsection:
49.79(1r)(a)1. 1. “Elderly, blind, or disabled individual” has the meaning given for “elderly or disabled member” in 7 USC 2012 (j).
49.79(1r)(a)2. 2. “Household” has the meaning given in 7 USC 2012 (m).
49.79(1r)(a)3. 3. “Liquid assets” means an individual's financial resources that are cash or can be converted to cash without incurring penalties, excluding the equity value of vehicles or of a home serving as the individual's primary residence. “Liquid assets” does not include any financial resources designated by the department by rule as excluded for the purposes of this subsection.
49.79(1r)(b) (b) Subject to par. (c), an individual who is not an elderly, blind, or disabled individual is ineligible to participate in the food stamp program in a month in which the household of which the individual is a member has liquid assets of more than $25,000.
49.79(1r)(c) (c) If necessary, the department shall request a waiver from the U.S. department of agriculture to implement this subsection. If the U.S. department of agriculture disapproves the waiver request, the department may not implement this subsection.
49.79(1t) (1t)Financial record matching program.
49.79(1t)(a)(a) Definitions. In this subsection:
49.79(1t)(a)1. 1. “Account" means a demand deposit account, checking account, negotiable withdrawal order account, savings account, time deposit account, or money market mutual fund account.
49.79(1t)(a)2. 2. “Financial institution" has the meaning given in s. 49.45 (4m) (a) 3.
49.79(1t)(a)3. 3. “Other individual" means an individual whose resources are required by law to be disclosed to determine the eligibility of an applicant for or recipient of food stamp program benefits.
49.79(1t)(b) (b) Matching program and agreements.
49.79(1t)(b)1.1. The department shall operate a financial record matching program under this subsection for the purpose of verifying the assets of applicants for and recipients of food stamp program benefits and other individuals.
49.79(1t)(b)2. 2. The department shall enter into agreements with financial institutions doing business in this state to operate the financial record matching program under this subsection. An agreement shall require the financial institution to participate in the financial record matching program by electing either the financial institution matching option under par. (c) or the state matching option under par. (d). Any changes to the conditions of the agreement shall be submitted by the financial institution or the department at least 60 days before the effective date of the change. The department shall furnish the financial institution with a signed copy of the agreement.
49.79(1t)(b)3. 3. The department shall reimburse a financial institution up to $125 per calendar quarter for participating in the financial record matching program under this subsection, except that a financial institution that is also participating in the financial record matching program under s. 49.45 (4m) is eligible for reimbursement under only the program under s. 49.45 (4m).
49.79(1t)(b)4. 4. To the extent feasible, the information to be exchanged under the matching program shall be provided by electronic data exchange as prescribed by the department in the agreement under subd. 2.
49.79(1t)(c) (c) Financial institution matching option. If a financial institution with which the department has an agreement under par. (b) elects the financial institution matching option under this paragraph, all of the following apply:
49.79(1t)(c)1. 1. At least once each calendar quarter, the department shall provide to the financial institution, in the manner specified in the agreement under par. (b) 2., information regarding applicants for and recipients of food stamp program benefits and other individuals. The information shall include names and social security or other taxpayer identification numbers.
49.79(1t)(c)2. 2. Based on the information received under subd. 1., the financial institution shall take actions necessary to determine whether any applicant for or recipient of food stamp program benefits or other individual has an ownership interest in an account maintained at the financial institution. If the financial institution determines that an applicant, recipient, or other individual has an ownership interest in an account at the financial institution, the financial institution shall provide the department with a notice containing the applicant's, recipient's, or other individual's name, address of record, social security number or other taxpayer identification number, and account information. The account information shall include the account number, the account type, the nature of the ownership interest in the account, and the balance of the account at the time that the record match is made. The notice under this subdivision shall be provided in the manner specified in the agreement under par. (b) 2. and, to the extent feasible, by an electronic data exchange.
49.79(1t)(d) (d) State matching option. If a financial institution with which the department has an agreement under par. (b) elects the state matching option under this paragraph, all of the following apply:
49.79(1t)(d)1. 1. At least once each calendar quarter, the financial institution shall provide the department with information concerning all accounts maintained at the financial institution. For each account maintained at the financial institution, the financial institution shall notify the department of the name and social security number or other tax identification number of each person having an ownership interest in the account, together with a description of each person's interest. The information required under this subdivision shall be provided in the manner specified in the agreement under par. (b) 2. and, to the extent feasible, by an electronic data exchange.
49.79(1t)(d)2. 2. The department shall take actions necessary to determine whether any applicant for or recipient of food stamp program benefits or other individual has an ownership interest in an account maintained at the financial institution providing information under subd. 1. Upon the request of the department, the financial institution shall provide to the department, for each applicant, recipient, or other individual who matches information provided by the financial institution under subd. 1., the address of record, the account number and account type, and the balance of the account.
49.79(1t)(e) (e) Use of information by financial institution; penalty. A financial institution participating in the financial record matching program under this subsection, and the employees, agents, officers, and directors of the financial institution, may use information received from the department under par. (c) only for the purpose of matching records and may use information provided by the department in requesting additional information under par. (d) only for the purpose of providing the additional information. Neither the financial institution nor any employee, agent, officer, or director of the financial institution may disclose or retain information received from the department concerning applicants for or recipients of food stamp program benefits or other individuals. Any person who violates this paragraph may be fined not less than $50 nor more than $1,000 or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than 10 days or more than one year or both.
49.79(1t)(f) (f) Use of information by department. The department may use information provided by a financial institution under this subsection only for matching records under par. (d), for administering the financial record matching program under this subsection, and for determining eligibility or continued eligibility under this subchapter. The department may not disclose or retain information received from a financial institution under this subsection concerning account holders who are not applicants for or recipients of food stamp program benefits or other individuals.
49.79(1t)(g) (g) Financial institution liability. A financial institution is not liable to any person for disclosing information to the department under this subsection or for any other action that the financial institution takes in good faith to comply with this subsection.
49.79(2) (2)Denial of eligibility. An individual who fails to comply with the work requirements of the employment and training program under sub. (9) is ineligible to participate in the food stamp program as specified under sub. (9) (b).
49.79 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 252, Wis. adm. code.
49.79(3) (3)Liability for lost food coupons.
49.79(3)(a)(a) A county, multicounty consortium, or federally recognized American Indian tribe is liable for all food stamp coupons lost, misappropriated, or destroyed while under the county's, consortium's, or tribe's direct control, except as provided in par. (b).
49.79(3)(b) (b) A county, multicounty consortium, or federally recognized American Indian tribe is not liable for food stamp coupons lost in natural disasters if it provides evidence acceptable to the department that the coupons were destroyed and not redeemed.
49.79(3)(c) (c) A county, multicounty consortium, or federally recognized American Indian tribe is liable for food stamp coupons mailed to residents of the county or counties that are in the multicounty consortium or members of the tribe and lost in the mail due to incorrect information submitted to the department by the county or tribe.
49.79(4) (4)Deductions from county income maintenance payments. The department shall withhold the value of food stamp losses for which a county, multicounty consortium, or federally recognized American Indian tribe is liable under sub. (3) from the payment to the county, multicounty consortium, or tribe under income maintenance contracts under s. 49.78 and reimburse the federal government from the funds withheld.
49.79(5) (5)Drug convictions.
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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)