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    Recently passed legislation is offered in response to member requests for more, although highly abbreviated, information on new Wisconsin laws.

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 75, No. 6, June 2002

    Recently Passed Legislation

    Recently passed legislation is offered in response to member requests for more, although highly abbreviated, information on new Wisconsin laws.

    Supplemental unemployment insurance benefits
    2001 Wis. Act 43
    2001 Assembly Bill 742
    Publication date*: Feb. 15, 2002
    Relating to: Temporary supplemental unemployment insurance benefits and certain other changes to the unemployment insurance law.

    New economy legislation
    2001 Wis. Act 44
    2001 Senate Bill 333
    Publication date*: April 3, 2002
    Relating to: Merger and conversion of business entities, exemptions from securities registration requirements and licensing requirements for securities broker-dealers and securities agents, registered agents for business entities, filing of documents relating to certain business entities, administrative dissolution of business entities, amended certificates of authority for certain foreign business entities, granting rule-making authority.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the first day of the 6th month beginning after publication.

    Motor vehicle sales tax
    2001 Wis. Act 45
    2001 Assembly Bill 769
    Publication date*: April 5, 2002
    Relating to: Sales tax on motor vehicles purchased after a consumer receives a refund under a new motor vehicle warranty.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the first day of the 2nd month beginning after publication.

    Congressional redistricting
    2001 Wis. Act 46
    2001 Assembly Bill 711
    Publication date*: April 9, 2002
    Relating to: Congressional redistricting.
    Initial applicability: 1) This act first applies, with respect to regular elections, to offices filled at the 2002 general election.
    2) This act first applies, with respect to special or recall elections, to offices filled or contested concurrently with the 2002 general election.

    Speed limit near school crossing signs
    2001 Wis. Act 47
    2001 Senate Bill 38
    Publication date*: April 16, 2002
    Relating to: The speed limit at certain intersections and other locations marked with school crossing signs.
    Initial applicability: This act first applies to vehicles operated on the effective date of this subsection.

    Department of Public Instruction - remedial legislation
    2001 Wis. Act 48
    2001 Senate Bill 302
    Publication date*: April 16, 2002
    Relating to: The name of the division for libraries and community learning in the department of public instruction and the definition of minority group (suggested as remedial legislation by the department of public instruction).

    Municipalities' quota of "Class B" intoxicating liquor licenses
    2001 Wis. Act 49
    2001 Assembly Bill 249
    Publication date*: April 16, 2002
    Relating to: The effect of annexation or detachment of territory on a municipality's quota of "Class B" intoxicating liquor licenses.
    Initial applicability: This act first applies to territory annexed or detached on the effective date of this subsection.

    Regulation of amateur radio antennas
    2001 Wis. Act 50
    2001 Assembly Bill 368
    Publication date*: April 16, 2002
    Relating to: The authority of cities, villages, towns, and counties to regulate amateur radio antennas and antenna support structures.

    Registration of certain hospitalized electors
    2001 Wis. Act 51
    2001 Assembly Bill 589
    Publication date*: April 16, 2002
    Relating to: Registration by certain hospitalized electors.

    The practice of nurse-midwifery
    2001 Wis. Act 52
    2001 Assembly Bill 725
    Publication date*: April 16, 2002
    Relating to: The practice of nurse-midwifery, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.

    Professional geology, hydrology, or soil science license exceptions
    2001 Wis. Act 53
    2001 Assembly Bill 358
    Publication date*: April 17, 2002
    Relating to: Exceptions from the requirement to obtain a license to practice professional geology, professional hydrology, or professional soil science and granting rule-making authority.

    School board elections and members
    2001 Wis. Act 54
    2001 Senate Bill 118
    Publication date*: April 17, 2002
    Relating to: The procedures for changing the number of school board members, for establishing a plan of apportionment of school board members, and for providing election to numbered seats on a school board.

    Class A bear hunting license system
    2001 Wis. Act 55
    2001 Assembly Bill 31
    Publication date*: April 17, 2002
    Relating to: Certain applicants for preference points under the cumulative preference system for issuing Class A bear hunting licenses.

    Possession of wild game, plants, and farm-raised game animals
    2001 Wis. Act 56
    2001 Senate Bill 307
    Publication date*: April 17, 2002
    Relating to: The possession of wild animals and their carcass parts; farm-raised deer; farm-raised game birds; animal health and animal markets, dealers, and truckers; participation in the national poultry improvement plan; taking, removing, selling, and transporting certain wild plants; granting rule-making authority; making appropriations; and providing penalties.
    Effective dates: This act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2003, except as follows:
    1) The treatment of sections 169.015, 169.29, 169.34, and 169.35 of the statutes takes effect on the day after publication.

    Wisconsin School for the Deaf and education council
    2001 Wis. Act 57
    2001 Senate Bill 176
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: The Wisconsin School for the Deaf and creating a deaf and hard-of-hearing education council.

    Crossing gates on school buses
    2001 Wis. Act 58
    2001 Senate Bill 179
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Requiring crossing gates on school buses, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the first day of the 25th month beginning after publication.

    Department of Health and Family Services - remedial legislation
    2001 Wis. Act 59
    2001 Assembly Bill 655
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Testing of donors of human ova for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus; membership of the council on developmental disabilities; and changing the term used to describe a residential facility operated by a child welfare agency for the care and maintenance of children (suggested as remedial legislation by the department of health and family services).
    Initial applicability:1) Council on Developmental Disabilities. The treatment of sections 15.197 (11n) (intro.), (a) (intro.), 1. to 3., and 4., (am) (intro.), 2., and 3., (b), (bm), (c), (cm), and (d) and 51.437 (14r) (a) 7. and (c) of the statutes first applies to appointments or reappointments of members of the council on developmental disabilities made on the effective date of this subsection.

    Payment of a claim
    2001 Wis. Act 60
    2001 Assembly Bill 327
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Expenditure of $9,296 from moneys appropriated to the department of transportation in payment of a claim against the state made by Robert and Dorothy Messner.

    Powers of court commissioners
    2001 Wis. Act 61
    2001 Assembly Bill 354
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Powers, responsibilities, and appointment of court commissioners.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the first day of the 2nd month beginning after publication.

    Revising statutes to correct conflicts
    2001 Wis. Act 62
    2001 Senate Bill 367
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Repealing, consolidating, renumbering, amending and revising various provisions of ss. 10.62 to 10.82 of the statutes for the purpose of correcting conflicts between the listings in ss. 10.62 to 10.82 and the substantive statutes to which those sections refer (Revisor's Correction Bill).

    Numbering statute subchapters
    2001 Wis. Act 63
    2001 Senate Bill 368
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Numbering unnumbered subchapter titles in the statutes (Revisor's Revision Bill).

    Revising statutes to correct conflicts
    2001 Wis. Act 64
    2001 Senate Bill 369
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Amending and revising section 409.109 (1) (intro.) of the statutes for the purpose of reconciling conflicts and repelling unintended repeals (Revisor's Correction Bill).

    Changes to the insurance laws
    2001 Wis. Act 65
    2001 Senate Bill 375
    Publication date*: April 23, 2002
    Relating to: Miscellaneous changes to the insurance laws related to the confidentiality of personal information obtained in the course of administering a state insurance fund, the statute of limitations for bringing an action against the patients compensation fund and providing notice of mediation to that fund, the applicability of a timeliness requirement for the payment of insurance claims for chiropractic services, an exception from a requirement to obtain consent to incorporate certain publications by reference in administrative rules, the type of property for which the loss amount is the insurance limits, the renewal date for viatical settlement brokers' licenses, eliminating the requirement to keep a separate account for surplus lines taxes, issuance of temporary licenses for intermediaries, specifying by rule the amount of stop-loss reinsurance that a town mutual must obtain, standards related to assisting unauthorized insurers, providing notice of the right to independent review, and defining extraordinary dividends for life insurers; and granting rule-making authority.

    Adding licensed nurse information to licensure information system
    2001 Wis. Act 66
    2001 Senate Bill 356
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: The disclosure of information about licensed nurses to the coordinated licensure information system.

    Paying a medical assistance supplement for services to family care recipients
    2001 Wis. Act 67
    2001 Senate Bill 479
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: Payment of a medical assistance supplement to care management organizations that contract with municipal nursing homes for the provision of services to family care recipients.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on July 1, 2002.

    State traffic patrol investigations
    2001 Wis. Act 68
    2001 Assembly Bill 737
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: Investigations by state traffic patrol officers and inspectors.

    Structured living arrangements for children who are custodial parents or expectant mothers
    2001 Wis. Act 69
    2001 Assembly Bill 488
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: Placement of a child who is a custodial parent or an expectant mother in a safe and structured living arrangement in which the child is provided with training in parenting skills and other skills to promote the child's long-term economic independence and the well-being of the child's child, grants for the provision of such living arrangements and related services, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

    Licensing physical therapists and assistants
    2001 Wis. Act 70
    2001 Assembly Bill 615
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: Licensing of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and granting rule-making authority.

    Funding to enforce laws regulating snowmobiles
    2001 Wis. Act 71
    2001 Assembly Bill 588
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: Funding for the enforcement of laws regulating snowmobiles and the operation of snowmobiles and making an appropriation.

    Furnishing freezer cabinets to dairy product retailers
    2001 Wis. Act 72
    2001 Senate Bill 471
    Publication date*: April 25, 2002
    Relating to: Authorizing dairy product wholesalers to furnish freezer cabinets to dairy product retailers.

    Regulating anhydrous ammonia
    2001 Wis. Act 73
    2001 Assembly Bill 507
    Publication date*: April 29, 2002
    Relating to: The regulation of anhydrous ammonia and providing a penalty.

    Regulating massage therapists and bodyworkers
    2001 Wis. Act 74
    2001 Senate Bill 413
    Publication date*: April 29, 2002
    Relating to: The regulation of massage therapists and bodyworkers, creating a massage therapy and bodywork council, granting rule-making authority, making an appropriation, and providing a penalty
    Effective date: This act takes effect on March 1, 2003.

    Complying with prohibitions against providing tobacco products to minors
    2001 Wis. Act 75
    2001 Senate Bill 360
    Publication date*: April 29, 2002
    Relating to: Investigations to determine compliance with certain prohibitions against selling or giving cigarettes and tobacco products to minors, requiring retailers to provide training to their employees on compliance with those prohibitions, authorizing counties and municipalities to enact ordinances prohibiting minors from purchasing or possessing cigarettes and tobacco products, requiring certain information to be included on an application for a license to sell, expose for sale, possess with intent to sell, exchange, barter, dispose of, or give cigarettes or tobacco products to a person, and providing an exemption from rule-making procedures.
    Effective dates: This act takes effect on the day after publication, except:
    1) Compliance Training Requirement. The treatment of section 134.66 (2m) of the statutes and Section 21 (2) of this act take effect on the first day of the 3rd month beginning after publication.

    Veterinary postgraduate training permits
    2001 Wis. Act 76
    2001 Senate Bill 340
    Publication date*: April 29, 2002
    Relating to: Veterinary postgraduate training permits.

    Period when sturgeon spearing licenses cannot be issued
    2001 Wis. Act 77
    2001 Assembly Bill 251
    Publication date*: April 29, 2002
    Relating to: The period of time during which sturgeon spearing licenses may not be issued.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the Sept. 1 after publication.

    Permits authorizing use of highways by specialized hauling rigs
    2001 Wis. Act 78
    2001 Assembly Bill 147
    Publication date*: May 1, 2002
    Relating to: Creating a permit authorizing the operation upon a highway of a specialized hauling rig that exceeds statutory size and weight limits.

    Membership of the child abuse and neglect prevention board
    2001 Wis. Act 79
    2001 Senate Bill 247
    Publication date*: May 1, 2002
    Relating to: The membership of the child abuse and neglect prevention board.

    Regulating social workers and other professional counselors
    2001 Wis. Act 80
    2001 Assembly Bill 206
    Publication date*: May 1, 2002
    Relating to: Regulation of social workers, advanced practice social workers, independent social workers, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and art, music, and dance therapists, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the first day of the 6th month beginning after publication.

    Drug treatment reimbursements for people with HIV
    2001 Wis. Act 81
    2001 Assembly Bill 733
    Publication date*: May 1, 2002
    Relating to: Expanding eligibility for drug treatment reimbursement grants for persons with HIV infections.

    Insurance coverage for prescriptions to treat diabetes
    2001 Wis. Act 82
    2001 Senate Bill 250
    Publication date*: May 1, 2002
    Relating to: Insurance coverage of prescription medications used to treat diabetes.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2003.

    Administering drugs to pupils
    2001 Wis. Act 83
    2001 Senate Bill 178
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Administering drugs to pupils in compliance with instructions of practitioners.

    * Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 1999_00: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].

    Renaming the institute for environmental studies
    2001 Wis. Act 84
    2001 Senate Bill 415
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Renaming the institute for environmental studies at U.W.-Madison.

    Business improvement district lands
    2001 Wis. Act 85
    2001 Assembly Bill 65
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Parcels of land that may be included in a business improvement district.

    Public nuisance receiverships
    2001 Wis. Act 86
    2001 Senate Bill 88
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Receiverships for public nuisance.

    Notifying the legislature of a proposed rule
    2001 Wis. Act 87
    2001 Senate Bill 116
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Notification to the legislature of a proposed rule.

    Town sanitary district petition requirements
    2001 Wis. Act 88
    2001 Assembly Bill 412
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Petition requirements for the creation of a town sanitary district.

    Licensing and regulating perfusionists
    2001 Wis. Act 89
    2001 Assembly Bill 256
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Licensing perfusionists, creating a perfusionists examining council, and granting rule-making authority.
    Effective dates: This act takes effect on the first day of the 8th month beginning after publication, except: 1) The treatment of section 15.407 (2m) of the statutes and Section 31 (1) and (2) of this act take effect on the day after publication.

    Regulating electric personal assistive mobility devices
    2001 Wis. Act 90
    2001 Senate Bill 393
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Electric personal assistive mobility devices, granting rule-making authority, and providing penalties.

    Theft of farm-raised fish
    2001 Wis. Act 91
    2001 Senate Bill 378
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Theft of farm_raised fish and providing penalties.

    Establishing an outdoor wildlife heritage trust fund
    2001 Wis. Act 92
    2001 Senate Bill 330
    Publication date*: May 2, 2002
    Relating to: Establishing a Wisconsin outdoor wildlife heritage trust fund and making an appropriation.

    Disclosing information from the DOT to the selective service system
    2001 Wis. Act 93
    2001 Assembly Bill 242
    Publication date*: May 6, 2002
    Relating to: The disclosure of information obtained by the department of transportation from applications for drivers' licenses, permits, or identification cards to the selective service system for the purposes of registration with the selective service system.
    Effective date: This act takes effect on the first day of the 6th month beginning after publication.

    Who may be appointed PRs in informal administration
    2001 Wis. Act 94
    2001 Assembly Bill 123
    Publication date*: May 6, 2002
    Relating to: Who may be appointed personal representative in informal administration.

    Prohibiting possession of body armor by certain felons
    2001 Wis. Act 95
    2001 Assembly Bill 157
    Publication date*: May 6, 2002
    Relating to: Possession of body armor by persons convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for certain felony offenses and providing a penalty.

    Interstate compact for supervising adult offenders
    2001 Wis. Act 96
    2001 Assembly Bill 481
    Publication date*: May 6, 2002
    Relating to: The interstate compact for adult offender supervision.

    Prohibiting child sex offenders from working with children
    2001 Wis. Act 97
    2001 Assembly Bill 482
    Publication date*: May 6, 2002
    Relating to: Child sex offenders working or volunteering with children and providing a penalty.

    Awarding high school diplomas to veterans
    2001 Wis. Act 98
    2001 Senate Bill 61
    Publication date*: May 8, 2002
    Relating to: Awarding high school diplomas to veterans.

    Proclaiming purple heart day
    2001 Wis. Act 99
    2001 Senate Bill 364
    Publication date*: May 8, 2002
    Relating to: Proclaiming Purple Heart Day.

    Designating POW-MIA recognition day
    2001 Wis. Act 100
    2001 Assembly Bill 497
    Publication date*: May 8, 2002
    Relating to: Designating and observing POW_MIA Recognition Day.

    Designating the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay
    2001 Wis. Act 101
    2001 Assembly Bill 519
    Publication date*: May 8, 2002
    Relating to: Designating the bridge on I-43 across the Fox River in the city of Green Bay as the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge.

    * Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 1999_00: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of enactment.