FINDING OF EMERGENCY RULES
Under section 101 of 2011 Wis. Act 35, most of the provisions of that Act including the provisions governing the licensing and certification processes covered by the rules proposed here and the provisions authorizing the carrying of a concealed weapon by the holder of a license, an out-of-state license, or a certification card will have an effective date of November 1, 2011. In particular, s. 175.60(9), Stats., will require DOJ to begin receiving and processing license applications and issuing or denying licenses as soon as that provision takes effect onNovember 1, 2011.
The Legislature has thus determined that the public welfare requires the licensing system to take effect on November 1, 2011. DOJ cannot comply with the requirements of s. 175.60(9), Stats., and related statutory requirements until it has in effect administrative rules establishing the procedures and standards that will govern DOJ’s enforcement and administration of
those requirements. It follows that, in order for DOJ to meet its statutory duties that take effect on November 1, 2011, it must complete the promulgation of such administrative rules prior to that date. Under the non-emergency rulemaking procedures of ch. 227, Stats., before the proposed rules could be promulgated, numerous notice, hearing, and publication requirements would have to be fulfilled including, but not limited to a public hearing on the proposed rules, preparation of a detailed report including a summary of public comments and DOJ’s responses to those comments, and legislative review of the proposed rules. DOJ has determined that it is impossible for all of the required steps in that non-emergency rulemaking process to be completed by November 1, 2011. Only if DOJ utilizes the emergency rulemaking procedures of 24s. 227.24, Stats., can the requisite rules be promulgated and in effect in time for DOJ to meet its statutory duties that take effect on November 1, 2011. The public welfare thus necessitates that the proposed rules be promulgated as emergency rules under s. 227.24, Stats. [/COLOR
]Once the proposed emergency rules have been promulgated, DOJ will promptly follow up with the promulgation of a permanent version of the rules under the full rulemaking