Bill would help regulate UWS classified research

CAPITOL CONNECTION
Joe Leibham • 9th Senatorial District

I would like to thank the residents of the 9th Senate District who attended the Input Sessions I recently hosted in Sheboygan, Chilton, Manitowoc and Plymouth. I enjoy hosting these sessions at numerous locations throughout the year as they provide a convenient way for citizens to share their input with me on issues that are being considered by their state legislature.

~ Issue Corner – Assembly Bill (AB) 729: Classified Research at University of Wisconsin System Institutions~

Current law does not contain any provisions specifically addressing the conduct of classified research at the University of Wisconsin System (UWS). Assembly Bill (AB) 729 would authorize the Board of Regents (BOR) of the UWS to accept research contracts involving government security classifications or similar restrictions on participation in the research or access to, or dissemination of, research results if the following requirements are met:

• The research furthers national security interests.

• The educational interests of all participating students are adequately protected.

• Appropriate facilities, infrastructure, and administrative resources are available for the research, either on campus or at off-campus locations.

• The sponsors of the research cover all additional costs associated with the security requirements of the research.

• The conditions for accepting the contracts and conducting the research are established pursuant to processes approved by the chancellors of the UW institutions at which the research is to be conducted. Chancellors must consult with faculty in approving those processes.

AB 729 would require the BOR to report the following to the Joint Committee on Finance by September 1 every year:

• The number of research contracts considered under processes established at UW institutions.

• The outcome of those contracts.

The bill initially included an exemption provision creating an Open Records Law exemption for certain information, data, and records related to research at public institutions of higher education. However, that provision was removed in the committee process.

To view an electronic copy of AB 729, please visit this link: https:// docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/ab729. Furthermore, you can track this proposal as it makes its way through the legislature by signing up for the legislative notification service: https://notify.legis.wisconsin. gov/login?ReturnUrl=%2f


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