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January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 1

Relating To: Relating to: limiting noneconomic damages awarded in actions against long-term care providers; actions against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of certain products; confidentiality of health care services reviews; use as evidence of information regarding health care providers; reporting of quality indicators identifying individual hospitals; homicide or injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire; criminal abuse of individuals at risk; criminal abuse and neglect of patients and residents; evidence of lay and expert witnesses; damages for frivolous claims; and punitive damage awards.
Bill Text and History
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Lobbying Principals

Principal Name Notified Date Communication Date Comments Supporting Documentation  
AARP Notified Date 1/19/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/19/2011

Comments
Against the nursing home provisions
American Family Insurance Group Notified Date 1/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/13/2011

American Petroleum Institute Notified Date 1/28/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/28/2011

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin Inc Notified Date 1/8/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/8/2011

Aurora Health Care Inc Notified Date 1/10/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
1/10/2011

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Comments
Support extension of existing provisions relating to improving long-term care provider access to insurance and affordable insurance. In addition, support provisions that strengthen and clarify peer review and quality improvement activities (QIA).
Blood Center of Wisconsin, Inc. Notified Date 2/3/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
2/3/2011

BNSF Railway Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Notified Date 5/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
5/13/2011

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/11/2011

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Inc Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
1/18/2011

Comments
Oppose the nursing home provisions, including caps on non-economic damages. Secrecy about government reports of abuse could make this "The Abuser Protection Act"
Supporting Documentation
20110118_101139_tortReform.doc

Community Bankers of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/22/2011

Cooperative Network Association Notified Date 1/10/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/19/2011

Comments
435 20110119_180816_DaubertTestimonySB1January2011 (2).doc
For
Report Date
1/12/2011

Comments
Daubert sections only at this time.
For
Report Date
1/10/2011

Dairy Business Association Notified Date 1/12/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/12/2011

Dean Health System Inc Notified Date 1/25/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/25/2011

Comments
Support Qulaity Improvement Act
Disability Rights Wisconsin Notified Date 1/19/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/25/2011

Against
Report Date
1/19/2011

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry Notified Date 3/9/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
3/9/2011

Froedtert Health Notified Date 1/19/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
1/19/2011

Gundersen Lutheran Administrative Services, Inc Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/14/2011

Comments
relating to tort reform
International Paper Notified Date 1/7/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/7/2011

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC Notified Date 1/25/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/25/2011

Leading Age Wisconsin (formerly WI Assn of Homes & Services for the Aging Inc) Notified Date 1/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/13/2011

Lilly U.S.A. (formerly Eli Lilly & Company) Notified Date 1/7/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
1/7/2011

Marshfield Clinic Notified Date 3/1/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/1/2011

Marten Transport Notified Date 1/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/22/2011

Medical College of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
1/11/2011

For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Mental Health America of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/20/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/20/2011

Comments
Concerns about the bill's potential to undermine redress of harm to person's with disabilities.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Notified Date 1/24/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/24/2011

Midwest Food Processors Association Inc Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

Ministry Health Care Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/14/2011

National Federation of Independent Business Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
None
Report Date
1/18/2011

Northern States Power d/b/a Xcel Energy Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/17/2011

PepsiCo, Inc. Notified Date 3/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
3/22/2011

Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/15/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/15/2011

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

Residential Services Association of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Comments
SUPPORT Health Care Quality Improvement Act
Supporting Documentation
20110111_101603_Testimony--SS AB 1-Quality Improvement Act--1.11.11.pdf

Schneider National Inc Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/17/2011

Sentry Insurance Group Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/17/2011

Skiing Wisconsin Notified Date 1/24/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/24/2011

Soo Line Railroad Company dba Canadian Pacific Railway Notified Date 2/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
2/11/2011

SSM Health Care of Wisconsin Inc Notified Date 1/25/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/25/2011

Comments
Support Quality Improvement Act
State Bar of Wisconsin Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
1/11/2011

Comments
The State Bar of Wisconsin opposes those provisions of the bill relating to product liability, noneconomic damages and expert/lay witness testimony. The SBW currently has no position on the remainder of the bill.
ThedaCare Notified Date 3/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/22/2011

Union Pacific Railroad Company Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

United Transportation Union Notified Date 2/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
2/14/2011

VITAS Health Corporation Notified Date 3/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
3/22/2011

Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians Notified Date 1/12/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/12/2011

Wisconsin Assisted Living Association Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Wisconsin Association for Justice Notified Date 1/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/13/2011

www.wisjustice.org
Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists Notified Date 3/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
3/22/2011

Wisconsin Bankers Association Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/14/2011

Wisconsin Builders Association Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/17/2011

Wisconsin Central Ltd (using the trade name CN) Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, Inc Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/14/2011

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/17/2011

Comments
Oppose Daubert standard for expert witnesses because domestic violence victim advocates currently testify in criminal trials and other matter as expert witnesses.
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
4/27/2011

Comments
www.wccf.org/pdf/tort_reform_ssab1_statement_01-11-11.pdf
Wisconsin Counties Association Notified Date 1/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
1/13/2011

Wisconsin Defense Counsel (formerly Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin) Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Wisconsin Economic Development Association Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/14/2011

Wisconsin Engine Manufacturer & Distributor Alliance (WEMDA) Notified Date 1/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/22/2011

Wisconsin Farmers Union Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/14/2011

Comments
Measure would limit remedies for farmers injured by defective feed, seed, or equipment, in particular, equipment over 15 years old. Limiting expert witness testimony could prevent farmers from establishing harm in stray voltage cases.
Wisconsin Health Care Association Inc Notified Date 1/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/13/2011

Comments
WHCA supports SS AB 1 and SS SB 1
Wisconsin Hospital Association Inc (WHA) Notified Date 1/12/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/12/2011

Wisconsin Independent Businesses Inc Notified Date 1/13/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/13/2011

Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group Inc Notified Date 1/31/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/31/2011

Wisconsin Insurance Alliance Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) Notified Date 1/20/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/20/2011

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/17/2011

Wisconsin Medical Society Notified Date 1/6/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/6/2011

Comments
The bill includes long-needed improvements in protecting medical peer review activities.
Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association Notified Date 1/22/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/22/2011

Wisconsin Nurses Association Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Comments
Support decriminalization of nurses and other health care providers involved in an unintentional medical error.
Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Wisconsin Professional Police Association Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/18/2011

Comments
The WPPA opposes those sections of AB 1 which restrict and eliminate reliable and useful expert testimony in criminal proceedings. Sections 33-38 impair the law enforcement community's job of protecting the public and holding offenders accountable.
Wisconsin Restaurant Association Notified Date 1/18/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/18/2011

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Notified Date 1/14/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
1/14/2011

Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association Notified Date 1/11/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/11/2011

Wisconsin Utilities Association Inc Notified Date 1/17/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/17/2011

Wisconsin Utility Investors Inc Notified Date 1/15/2011 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
For
Report Date
1/15/2011

Lobbying Efforts

  2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
Total Hours Of Effort On This Matter 2011
January - June
1218.00
2011
July - December
25.00
2012
January - June
2.00
2012
July - December
Total 1245.00
American Family Insurance Group 2011
January - June
10.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 10.00
Aurora Health Care Inc 2011
January - June
33.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 33.00
Blood Center of Wisconsin, Inc. 2011
January - June
2.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 2.00
BNSF Railway 2011
January - June
5.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 5.00
Citizen Action of Wisconsin 2011
January - June
31.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 31.00
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Inc 2011
January - June
42.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 42.00
Cooperative Network Association 2011
January - June
30.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 30.00
Dean Health System Inc 2011
January - June
34.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 34.00
Disability Rights Wisconsin 2011
January - June
19.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 19.00
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry 2011
January - June
4.00
2011
July - December
2.00
2012
January - June
2.00
2012
July - December
Total 8.00
Gundersen Lutheran Administrative Services, Inc 2011
January - June
12.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 12.00
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC 2011
January - June
22.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 22.00
Leading Age Wisconsin (formerly WI Assn of Homes & Services for the Aging Inc) 2011
January - June
24.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 24.00
Lilly U.S.A. (formerly Eli Lilly & Company) 2011
January - June
8.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 8.00
Marten Transport 2011
January - June
17.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 17.00
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce 2011
January - June
13.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 13.00
Midwest Food Processors Association Inc 2011
January - June
75.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 75.00
Ministry Health Care 2011
January - June
15.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 15.00
Northern States Power d/b/a Xcel Energy 2011
January - June
23.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 23.00
PepsiCo, Inc. 2011
January - June
17.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 17.00
Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin 2011
January - June
1.00
2011
July - December
1.00
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 2.00
Residential Services Association of Wisconsin 2011
January - June
14.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 14.00
Schneider National Inc 2011
January - June
19.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 19.00
Skiing Wisconsin 2011
January - June
8.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 8.00
Soo Line Railroad Company dba Canadian Pacific Railway 2011
January - June
3.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 3.00
SSM Health Care of Wisconsin Inc 2011
January - June
34.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 34.00
ThedaCare 2011
January - June
1.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 1.00
Union Pacific Railroad Company 2011
January - June
3.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 3.00
United Transportation Union 2011
January - June
2011
July - December
22.00
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 22.00
Wisconsin Assisted Living Association 2011
January - June
10.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 10.00
Wisconsin Association for Justice 2011
January - June
186.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 186.00
Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2011
January - June
2.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 2.00
Wisconsin Builders Association 2011
January - June
28.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 28.00
Wisconsin Central Ltd (using the trade name CN) 2011
January - June
3.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 3.00
Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, Inc 2011
January - June
125.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 125.00
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2011
January - June
3.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 3.00
Wisconsin Defense Counsel (formerly Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin) 2011
January - June
96.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 96.00
Wisconsin Engine Manufacturer & Distributor Alliance (WEMDA) 2011
January - June
5.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 5.00
Wisconsin Farmers Union 2011
January - June
3.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 3.00
Wisconsin Health Care Association Inc 2011
January - June
89.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 89.00
Wisconsin Hospital Association Inc (WHA) 2011
January - June
93.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 93.00
Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group Inc 2011
January - June
6.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 6.00
Wisconsin Insurance Alliance 2011
January - June
32.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 32.00
Wisconsin Nurses Association 2011
January - June
17.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 17.00
Wisconsin Utilities Association Inc 2011
January - June
1.00
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 1.00