2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 323. Emergency management.
323.12 Governor; duties and powers; out-of-state assistance.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 323.12 (2017)

323.12 Governor; duties and powers; out-of-state assistance.

(1)Ongoing duties. The governor shall do all of the following:

(a) Review orders establishing or altering emergency management areas.

(b) Review state emergency management plans and modifications to the plans.

(c) Determine responsibilities of state departments and independent agencies with respect to emergency management and by order direct those departments and agencies in utilizing personnel, facilities, supplies, and equipment before and during a state of emergency.

(2)Ongoing powers. The governor may do all of the following:

(a) On behalf of the state, enter into mutual aid agreements concerning emergency management with other states.

(b) Accept from any source gifts and grants including services for emergency management purposes and may authorize the state and local units of government to receive such gifts and grants. When grants require participation by a local unit of government, the state may transfer title to equipment acquired through an agreement between participating local units of government.

(c) If the governor determines that a condition of civil disorder or a threat to the safety of persons on state property or damage or destruction to state property exists, he or she may, without declaring an emergency, call out the state traffic patrol or the conservation warden service or members of that patrol or service for use in connection with the threat to life or property.

(3)Duties during an emergency. During a state of emergency declared under s. 323.10, the governor shall issue orders, delegate such authority as is necessary to the administrator, and direct the division to coordinate emergency management activities.

(4)Powers during an emergency. The governor may do all of the following during a state of emergency declared under s. 323.10:

(a) Declare priority of emergency management contracts over other contracts, allocate materials and facilities in his or her discretion, and take, use, and destroy, in the name of the state, private property for emergency management purposes. The governor shall keep records of that action. Those records shall be evidence of a claim against the state. The claim against the state shall be referred to the claims board under s. 16.007.

(b) Issue such orders as he or she deems necessary for the security of persons and property.

(c) Contract on behalf of the state with any person to provide, on a cost basis, equipment and services to be used to respond to a disaster or the imminent threat of a disaster.

(d) Suspend the provisions of any administrative rule if the strict compliance with that rule would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary actions to respond to the disaster.

(5)Work performed by an out-of-state business or employee.

(a) In this subsection:

1. “Declared state of emergency" means a state of emergency declared by the governor under s. 323.10.

2. “Disaster period" means the time that begins 10 days before a declared state of emergency and ends 60 days after the declared state of emergency ends.

3. “Disaster relief work" means work, including repairing, renovating, installing, building, or performing other services or activities, relating to infrastructure in this state that has been damaged, impaired, or destroyed in connection with a declared state of emergency.

4. “Doing business in this state" has the meaning given in s. 71.22 (1r), except that members of a combined group, as defined in s. 71.255 (1) (a), are not considered to be doing business in this state based solely on another member of the combined group doing business in this state. A business shall be considered to be doing business in this state for purposes of ch. 77 if it performs disaster relief work in this state.

5. “Infrastructure" means property and equipment owned or used by a telecommunications provider or cable operator or that is used for communications networks, including telecommunications, broadband, and multichannel video networks; electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems; gas distribution systems; water pipelines; and any related support facilities that service multiple customers or citizens, including buildings, offices, lines, poles, pipes, structures, equipment, and other real or personal property.

6. “Out-of-state business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, corporation, or other organization or enterprise, whether operated for profit or not for profit, that is not organized under the laws of this state and that, except for disaster relief work during a disaster period, was not doing business in this state during the 3 taxable years immediately preceding the disaster period or the current taxable year in which the declared state of emergency occurs.

7. “Out-of-state employee" means an individual who does not work in this state, except for disaster relief work during a disaster period, and who immediately prior to that declared state of emergency was not a resident of this state, was not doing business in this state that required a tax return to be filed in this state, and was not performing services in this state that required a tax return to be filed in this state.

8. “Taxable year" has the meaning given in s. 71.01 (12).

(b) Subject to par. (c), any out-of-state business or out-of-state employee is exempt from all of the following for disaster relief work performed during a disaster period:

1. Any applicable state withholding, income, franchise, or use tax, and any related registration requirement or fee, as provided under ss. 71.03 (2) (a) 2., 71.04 (7) (f) 17., 71.05 (1) (g), 71.23 (3) (bm), 71.25 (9) (f) 17. and (16), 71.26 (2) (a) 12., 71.64 (6) (c), 71.67 (6) (b), 77.52 (7) (b) and (12), and 77.53 (9) (b) and (19). The department of revenue may examine and inspect the books, records, memoranda, and property of any out-of-state business or out-of-state employee to verify an exemption claimed under this subdivision.

2. Any applicable fee imposed by a state agency, local unit of government, or other subdivision or instrumentality of the state or of a local unit of government.

3. Any applicable license, certificate, registration, permit, or other credential or approval of a state agency, local unit of government, or other subdivision or instrumentality of the state or of a local unit of government.

(c) No later than 90 days after the last day of a disaster period, any out-of-state business, and the employer of any out-of-state employee, that wishes to claim an exemption under par. (b) shall provide notice to the department of revenue, in the manner prescribed by the department, that the out-of-state business or out-of-state employee is in the state solely to perform disaster relief work. The notice shall include all of the following information for each out-of-state business and each out-of-state employee:

1. Legal name and business name, if any.

2. State of domicile or residence.

3. Principal address.

4. Federal tax identification number.

5. The date of entry to the state for the purpose of performing the disaster relief work.

6. Contact information.

(d) A business organized under the laws of this state shall provide the information required under par. (c) for any out-of-state business that is a related entity, as defined in s. 71.22 (9am), that enters the state to perform disaster relief.

History: 2009 a. 42 ss. 68 to 71, 73 to 78, 122, 286 to 289; Stats. 2009 s. 323.12; 2015 a. 84.

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