MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will conduct a preliminary public hearing from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18 on a statement of scope related to changes to PI 38, the administrative rules guiding grant administration procedures in the department. Conducting a hearing on scope statements is a new requirement that can be requested under 2017 Wisconsin Act 57.
The hearing will be held at the DPI’s headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison. The hearing site is fully accessible to people with disabilities. For those who cannot attend the hearing, written comments sent to the department will be given the same consideration as public testimony.
The statement of scope that will be considered during the preliminary hearing relates to creation of two new subchapters under Chapter PI 38 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. The subchapters will provide rules to implement School-Based Mental Health Services Grants and Special Education Transition Readiness Grants. Those grant programs were created as a result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, the 2017-19 biennial budget. Any other changes to conform the rule chapter to changes in statute as a result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 will also be made.
A statement of scope is prepared in advance of any rule that an agency plans to promulgate. It includes a description of the objective of the rule, a description of existing policies relevant to the rule and an analysis of policy alternatives, the statutory authority for the rule, estimates of the amount of time that is expected to develop the rule, a description of entities affected by the rule, and a summary of any federal regulation that is intended to address the activities to be regulated by the rule. As the rules are promulgated, the department will conduct an additional public hearing and comment period for the emergency and proposed permanent administrative rules.
A copy of the scope statement is available on the department’s Administrative Rules webpage or the Wisconsin Legislature Rules site. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony by Dec. 22 online or sent to the department’s administrative rules coordinator by e-mail or U.S. mail. Send to Carl Bryan, 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841.