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45.03 (13) (p) Before June 30 of each even-numbered year, submit to the joint committee on finance a report describing the condition of the veterans trust fund. The report shall include information regarding all of the following:
1. The projected revenues and expenditures of the veterans trust fund beginning with the fiscal year that starts immediately after the submittal of the report.
2. Any changes in the programs administered by the department that have been implemented after the enactment of the most recent biennial budget act and that are expected to affect the projected revenues, expenditures, or balances of the veterans trust fund.
20,773 Section 773. 45.205 of the statutes is created to read:
45.205 Tuition reimbursement for students at tribal colleges. (1) Definitions. In this section:
(a) "Tribal college" means any of the following:
1. The College of Menominee Nation.
2. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.
(b) "Tuition" means the amount charged to a student to enroll in a degree credit course. "Tuition" does not include fees or the cost of room and board, books, supplies, or equipment.
(2) Tuition reimbursement program. (a) Application. Any veteran enrolled in a tribal college may apply to the department for tuition reimbursement under this subsection on a form prescribed by the department. The application shall contain information, as determined by the department, establishing the applicant's eligibility for tuition reimbursement under this subsection.
(b) Eligibility. A veteran is eligible for tuition reimbursement under this subsection if he or she meets all of the following conditions:
2. The veteran's annual household income does not exceed $50,000 plus $1,000 for each dependent in excess of 2 dependents.
3. The veteran is a resident of this state at the time of application under par. (a).
4. The veteran was a resident of this state at the time of his or her entry into service or was a resident of this state for any consecutive 12-month period after entry into service and before the date of application under par. (a). If a veteran who submits an application under par. (a) meets that consecutive 12-month residency requirement, the department may not require the veteran to reestablish that he or she meets that residency requirement when he or she later applies for any other benefit under this chapter for which that residency requirement applies.
5. The veteran does not have a bachelor's or higher degree from an institution of higher education, as defined in 20 USC 1001 (a).
(c) Benefits. 1. Subject to the limitations under par. (d), if a veteran submits an application under par. (a) and establishes his or her eligibility for tuition reimbursement under par. (b), the department shall reimburse the veteran for the total amount of his or her tribal college tuition from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (km).
2. If in any fiscal year the total amount of reimbursement payments to be paid under subd. 1. exceeds the moneys available for the payments from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (km), the department shall prorate the available moneys among the applicants for reimbursement in proportion to the approved reimbursement amounts.
(d) Limitations. 1. The department may not reimburse a veteran under this subsection for more than the following number of credits or semesters at a tribal college:
a. If the veteran served on active duty, except service on active duty for training purposes, for 90 to 180 days, 30 credits or 2 semesters.
b. If the veteran served on active duty, except service on active duty for training purposes, for 181 to 730 days, 60 credits or 4 semesters.
c. If the veteran served on active duty, except service on active duty for training purposes, for more than 730 days, 120 credits or 8 semesters, except that, for courses a veteran begins later than 10 years after the veteran's separation from service, the department may not reimburse a veteran for more than 60 credits or 4 semesters.
3. The department may not provide reimbursement under this subsection to a veteran who is delinquent in child support or maintenance payments or who owes past support, medical expenses, or birth expenses, as established by appearance of the veteran's name on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), unless the veteran provides the department with one of the following:
a. A repayment agreement that the veteran has entered into, that has been accepted by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5), and that has been kept current for the 6-month period immediately preceding the date of the application under par. (a).
b. A statement that the veteran is not delinquent in child support or maintenance payments and does not owe past support, medical expenses, or birth expenses, signed by the department of children and families or its designee within 7 working days before the date of the application under par. (a).
4. The department may not provide reimbursement under this subsection for any semester in which the veteran is eligible for or received a grant under s. 321.40 or under 10 USC 2007.
5. The department may not provide reimbursement under this subsection for any semester for which the veteran received reimbursement under s. 45.20.
6. The department may not provide reimbursement under this subsection for any semester in which the veteran fails to receive at least a 2.0 grade point average or an average grade of "C."
7. The department shall reduce the reimbursement amount under par. (c) by the amount of any grant or scholarship the veteran receives specifically for the payment of college tuition.
(3) Rules. The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section.
20,774k Section 774k. 45.41 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.41 (2) (intro.) Upon application the department shall may make a payment to any state veterans organization that establishes that it, or its national organization, or both, has maintained a full-time service office at the regional office for 5 consecutive years out of the 10-year period immediately preceding the application. The Any payment shall be as follows, calculated based on the total amount of all salaries and travel expenses under sub. (3) paid during the previous fiscal year by the state veterans organization to employees engaged in veterans claims service and stationed at the regional office. The payment shall be as follows:
20,775 Section 775. 45.41 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.41 (2) (a) If the total amount paid under sub. (3) is from $1 to $2,499 $119,999, the organization shall may receive an amount equal to 50 percent of the amount paid.
20,776 Section 776. 45.41 (2) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
20,777 Section 777. 45.41 (2) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
20,778 Section 778. 45.41 (2) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.41 (2) (d) If the total amount paid under sub. (3) is $120,000 or more, the organization shall may receive $30,000 $70,000.
20,779 Section 779. 45.41 (2) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
45.41 (2) (e) An organization that receives a payment under par. (a) or (d) shall maintain records as required by the department concerning the organization's expenditure of the payment. That organization shall give the department access to those records upon request of the department, and the department may audit those records.
20,780 Section 780. 45.41 (3m) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.41 (3m) If the total amount of payments committed to be paid under sub. (2) (a) to (c) and (d) exceeds the amount available for the payments from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (vw), the department shall prorate the reimbursement payments among the state veterans organizations receiving the payments.
20,781 Section 781. 45.41 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 45.41 (4) (a) and amended to read:
45.41 (4) (a) From the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (s), the department shall annually provide a payment of $100,000 $120,000 to the Wisconsin department of the Disabled American Veterans for the provision of transportation services to veterans.
20,782 Section 782. 45.41 (4) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
45.41 (4) (b) The Wisconsin department of the Disabled American Veterans shall maintain records as required by the department concerning its expenditure of the payment under par. (a). The Wisconsin department of the Disabled American Veterans shall give the department access to those records upon request of the department and the department may audit those records to ensure that the Wisconsin department of the Disabled American Veterans is using the payment under par. (a) to provide transportation services to veterans.
20,783 Section 783. 45.41 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
45.41 (5) From the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (vw), the department may annually grant up to $50,000 to the Wisconsin department of the American Legion for the operation of Camp American Legion.
20,784 Section 784. 45.43 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.43 (1) The department shall administer a program to provide assistance to persons who served in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces and who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. The department shall provide assistance under this section to persons whose need for services is based upon homelessness, incarceration, or other circumstances designated by the department by rule. The eligibility requirements under s. 45.02 (2) do not apply to a person applying for assistance under this section. The department shall designate the assistance available under this section, which may include assistance in receiving medical care, dental care, education, employment, single room occupancy housing, and transitional housing. The department may provide payments to facilitate the provision of services under this section. From the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (ac), the department shall provide $15,000 annually during fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09 to the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd., of Milwaukee, to provide outreach services to homeless veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
20,785 Section 785. 45.43 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
20,786 Section 786. 45.44 (1) (a) 5. of the statutes is amended to read:
45.44 (1) (a) 5. A license, certification, registration, or permit issued under s. 94.10 (2), (3), or (3g), 94.50 (2), 94.704, 95.60, 97.17 (2), 97.175 (2), 97.22 (2), 98.145, 98.146, or 98.18 (1) (a), or 168.23 (3).
20,787 Section 787. 45.44 (1) (a) 11m. of the statutes is created to read:
45.44 (1) (a) 11m. A registration issued under s. 202.13 or 202.14.
20,788 Section 788. 45.45 of the statutes is created to read:
45.45 Grant to VETransfer, Inc. (1) Payment. From the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (vm), the department shall pay $500,000 to VETransfer, Inc., in fiscal year 2013-14, subject to the requirements under subs. (2) to (5).
(2) Grants to veteran-owned start-up businesses. Of the moneys VETransfer, Inc., receives under sub. (1), VETransfer, Inc., shall grant at least $300,000 to veterans who are residents of this state or to businesses owned by veterans who are residents of this state. A veteran or a veteran's business that is awarded a grant under this subsection may use the grant only to pay for costs associated with the start-up of a business located in this state that the veteran owns.
(3) Veteran entrepreneurship training. Of the moneys VETransfer, Inc., receives under sub. (1), VETransfer, Inc., may use up to $200,000 to provide entrepreneurial training and related services to veterans who are residents of this state.
(4) Reporting and audit requirements. Annually, by March 1, until 2018 or one year following the date established by the department under sub. (5) (a), VETransfer, Inc., shall submit to the secretary, the governor, and the secretary of administration a report that includes all of the following:
(a) The most recent financial statement for VETransfer, Inc.
(b) A detailed description of the criteria VETransfer, Inc., used to determine who received a grant under sub. (2) during the previous year.
(c) A verified statement describing in detail the grants VETransfer, Inc., made under sub. (2), and the expenditures VETransfer, Inc., made under sub. (3), during the previous year, signed by an independent certified public accountant and the director or principal officer of VETransfer, Inc., to attest to the accuracy of the verified statement. The verified statement shall include all of the following concerning each award of a grant VETransfer, Inc., made under sub. (2) during the previous year:
1. The name and address of the grant recipient and the name and address of the start-up business.
2. The names and addresses of all of the start-up business's owners, including an identification of the business's owners who are veterans, and, if the grant recipient was a business other than the start-up business, the names and addresses of the grant recipient's owners, including an identification of the business's owners who are veterans.
3. The names and addresses of the start-up business's board of directors and key management employees and, if the grant recipient was a business other than the start-up business, the names and addresses of the grant recipient's board of directors and key management employees.
4. A description of the nature of the start-up business.
5. Any information the grant recipient submitted to VETransfer, Inc., to apply for the grant.
6. The amount of the grant and the date VETransfer, Inc., awarded the grant.
7. A statement of the number of employees the start-up business employed on January 1 of the previous year and the number of employees the start-up business employed on December 31 of the previous year.
(d) A summary of all investments and grants of any kind that VETransfer, Inc., made during the previous year.
(e) VETransfer, Inc., shall maintain records, as required by the department, concerning its expenditures of the moneys it receives under sub. (1). VETransfer, Inc., shall give the department access to those records upon request of the department, and the department may audit those records to ensure compliance with the requirements under this section.
(5) Sunset. (a) Except as provided under par. (b), VETransfer, Inc., may not expend any moneys it receives under sub. (1) after June 30, 2017, or a later date established by the department.
(b) VETransfer, Inc., shall pay to the secretary of administration for deposit in the general fund any moneys it receives under sub. (1) but does not expend by June 30, 2017, or by a later date established by the department under par. (a).
20,790 Section 790. 45.50 (11) of the statutes is created to read:
45.50 (11) Medical assistance assessment exemption. A Wisconsin veterans home is exempt from paying any assessment imposed on the licensed beds in the home under s. 50.14 (2) (am).
20,791 Section 791. 45.51 (2) (b) 1. of the statutes is repealed.
20,792 Section 792. 45.51 (2) (b) 5. of the statutes is amended to read:
45.51 (2) (b) 5. Has care needs that the veterans home is able to provide within the resources allocated for the care of members of the veterans home, including chronic alcoholism, drug addiction, psychosis, or active tuberculosis.
20,793 Section 793. 45.51 (3) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 45.51 (3) (a) 2.
20,794 Section 794. 45.51 (3) (a) 1. of the statutes is created to read:
45.51 (3) (a) 1. In this paragraph, "physical care" includes skilled rehabilitation services following a hospital stay that meets the qualifications under 42 CFR 409.30.
20,794m Section 794m. 45.51 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.51 (3) (b) Spouses, surviving spouses, and parents derive their eligibility from the eligibility of the person under sub. (2) (a) 1. or 2. Surviving spouses and parents of eligible persons under sub. (2) (a) 1. or 2. shall not be eligible for admission to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove or, the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, or the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls unless a home's overall occupancy level is below an optimal level as determined by the board.
20,795 Section 795. 45.51 (3) (c) 1. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
45.51 (3) (c) 1. (intro.) The categories for the order of priority for admission to a veterans home shall be as follows:
20,796 Section 796. 45.51 (3) (c) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
45.51 (3) (c) 1m. Within each category specified in subd. 1., the following order of priority shall apply:
a. A person who is a resident of the state on the date of application for membership in a veterans home and who has been residing continuously in the state for a period of more than 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for membership has first priority for admission.
b. A person who is a resident of the state on the date of application for membership in a veterans home and who has been residing continuously in the state for a period of 6 months or less immediately preceding the date of application for membership has 2nd priority for admission.
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