The Department of Military Affairs is in the process of preparing an economic impact analysis (EIA) for draft proposed rule, DMA 2, relating to the administration of a competitive grant program for public safety answering point equipment hardware, software, and training.

A preliminary draft of the EIA is available for download at: https://oec.wi.gov/wp-content/library/2021/DMA2_Economic_Impact_Analysis_Fiscal_Estimate_FINAL_DRAFT.pdf?_t=1627049400

A draft of the proposed rule is available for download at: https://oec.wi.gov/wp-content/library/2021/DMA2_DRAFT_RULE_TEXT_20210723.pdf?_t=1627049400

If you are not able to access or download the information, please send an email to the following address: interop@wisconsin.gov

Pursuant to s. 227.137, Stats., the department is required to solicit comments on the economic impact of proposed rule DMA 2 and, if requested, to coordinate with local governments in the preparation of the EIA. Notice is hereby given that the Department of Military Affairs will accept written comments on the EIA until August 28, 2021. Comments may be submitted electronically to: interop@wisconsin.gov or may be mailed to: Office of Emergency Communications, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, 2400 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704

Any local governmental unit that is affected by the rule may also request to coordinate with the department on preparation of the EIA. If a local governmental unit wishes to coordinate with the department on preparation of the EIA, the governmental unit must notify the department of its request to coordinate at the time comments on the EIA are submitted. All EIA comments and requests to coordinate are due Saturday, August 28, 2021. The department will then contact all local governmental units requesting an opportunity to coordinate and incorporate their comments into the EIA to the extent feasible.

Pursuant to s. 227.137, Stats., the department must include the information listed below in an EIA. To review all of the information that must be included in an EIA, you may refer to the statutory provisions. When submitting comments, please provide specific information in these areas and include any supporting economic data, studies or reports. Please do NOT submit comments on revisions to the rule language at this time. The department is soliciting information on the following from you and others:

Would you, your business, your association, or your local unit of government be affected in a material economic way by the implementation of these rules related to a competitive grant program for public safety answering point equipment hardware, software, and training?

Additionally, the department is seeking comments on the following from entities who indicate they will be affected economically:

  1. Any implementation or compliance costs that are reasonably expected to be incurred.
  2. Actual quantifiable benefits of the proposed rule.
  3. Whether the proposed rule would adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, jobs, or the overall economic competitiveness of the state.
  4. Economic impacts of specific alternatives to the proposed rule.
  5. Whether the proposed rule will have an economic impact (savings or increased costs) on public utilities or their ratepayers.

If you are a small business as defined in s. 227.114(1), Stats., please identify yourself as a small business in your comments. Small business means a business entity, including its affiliates, which is independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field, and which employs 25 or fewer full-time employees or which has gross annual sales of less than $5,000,000.

Please refer to s. 227.19(3)(e)3. and 4., Stats., for further information when you are preparing your comments as a small business. Following the public comment period for the EIA, a revised “Fiscal Analysis and Economic Impact Analysis” will be prepared containing relevant information that the department receives. Once the EIA process is completed, the department will submit the rule package and economic impact analysis to the Wisconsin Legislative Council under s. 227.15, Stats., and hearings on the proposed rule will be held by the department after proper notice in accordance with ss. 227.17 and 227.18, Stats.

Under s. 227.137(3)(b), Stats., the department must provide an estimate of the total implementation and compliance costs that are reasonably expected to be incurred by or passed along to businesses, local government units, and individuals, expressed as a single dollar figure. The department must also make a determination as to whether $10,000,000 or more in implementation or compliance costs are reasonably expected to be incurred by or passed along to businesses, local government units, and individuals over any 2-year period as a result of the proposed rule.

NOTE: Chapter 227 of the statutes may be found at the following web site: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/227.pdf