Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Municipally owned electric and telecommunications utilities.

Lobbying Interests:
Legislation and administrative rules that affect the operation of municipally owned electric utilities and telecommunications, including but not limited to rules before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and the DNR.

CEO Name:
David J. Benforado
Executive Director

Contact
DJB
David J Benforado
725 Lois Dr
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
(608) 837-2263
(608) 837-0206
dbenforado@meuw.org
meuw.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
David J Benforado Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/1/2011 Withdrawn On N/A
Scott J Meske Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/1/2011 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 9
January 2011 Special Session Assembly Bill 9
Relating to: requirements for wind energy systems, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/29/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 9
January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 9
Relating to: requirements for wind energy systems, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/29/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 11
January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 11
Relating to: state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and makin...

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/15/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Comments
Concerns with impact to municipal utility workers
Supporting Documentation
20110214_182202_MEUW Position - SSSB11 - Budget Repair Bill 021511.pdf

Assembly Bill 145
Assembly Bill 145
Relating to: authorizing the Public Service Commission to approve temporary electric rates to promote economic development.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/23/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 146
Assembly Bill 146
Relating to: use of renewable resource credits to comply with renewable portfolio standards.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
5/23/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 182
Assembly Bill 182
Relating to: assignment of income, prizes, and earnings to pay a municipal court judgment and prohibiting municipal electric or water utilities from collecting certain utility arrearages from owners of rental properties as property liens.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
6/14/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 309
Assembly Bill 309
Relating to: dry cask storage of spent fuel from nuclear power plants and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Assembly Bill 527
Assembly Bill 527
Relating to: commissioners of the Public Service Commission; notices, orders, and determinations of the commission; certificates of authority issued by the commission; approval of contracts by the commission; electricity sales from certain wholesale mercha...

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/7/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 58
Senate Bill 58
Relating to: liability of public utility customers for unbilled utility service.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
4/13/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Supporting Documentation
20110413_102534_MEUW Memo to Legislators Do Not Support SB58 - Meter Back Billing.pdf

Senate Bill 239
Senate Bill 239
Relating to: post-retirement employment of annuitants under the Wisconsin Retirement System and granting rule-making authority.

Bill Text and History

None
Notification Date
11/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.
Senate Bill 428
Senate Bill 428
Relating to: commissioners of the Public Service Commission; notices, orders, and determinations of the commission; certificates of authority issued by the commission; approval of contracts by the commission; electricity sales from certain wholesale mercha...

Bill Text and History

2011 Wisconsin Act 155

For
Notification Date
2/7/2012
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Budget Bill Subjects

Public Service Commission
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Service Commission

Notification Date
3/7/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Shared Revenue and Tax Relief

Notification Date
3/7/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Transportation: Local Transportation Aid
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Transportation: Local Transportation Aid

Notification Date
6/14/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Comments
Concerns with broadness of public works bidding limits (Sec 1727i of ASA1-AB40) and impacts on municipal utility projects.

Supporting Documentation
20110614_114030_Budget Bill - MEUW Memo 061311.pdf

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Supporting the confirmation of Phil Montgomery as Chair of the Public Service Commission
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Supporting the confirmation of Phil Montgomery as Chair of the Public Service Commission

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative Matter

Notification Date
4/28/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

LRB 0929/1 - Governor review of proposed administrative rules
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
LRB 0929/1 - Governor review of proposed administrative rules

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative Matter and Rule

Notification Date
1/18/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Advanced renewable/feed-in/buy back tariff
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Advanced renewable/feed-in/buy back tariff

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative Matter and Rule

Notification Date
1/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Legislation relating to the ability of municipal utilities to collect unpaid utility bills
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Legislation relating to the ability of municipal utilities to collect unpaid utility bills

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative Matter

Notification Date
1/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Stray voltage
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Stray voltage

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative Matter

Notification Date
1/1/2011
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has not yet communicated on this matter, but intends to do so at a later date.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2011
January - June
$6,769.54
2011
July - December
$5,213.05
2012
January - June
$5,901.73
2012
July - December
$3,570.25
Total $21,454.57
Total Hours Communicating 2011
January - June
25.00
2011
July - December
11.00
2012
January - June
24.50
2012
July - December
13.50
Total 74.00
Total Hours Other 2011
January - June
54.00
2011
July - December
41.50
2012
January - June
36.50
2012
July - December
13.00
Total 145.00

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: liability of public utility customers for unbilled utility service.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
5 %
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: authorizing the Public Service Commission to approve temporary electric rates to promote economic development.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
30 %
2011
July - December
15 %
2012
January - June
5 %
2012
July - December
Total 16 %
Relating to: assignment of income, prizes, and earnings to pay a municipal court judgment and prohibiting municipal electric or water utilities from collecting certain utility arrearages from owners of rental properties as property liens.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
50 %
2011
July - December
65 %
2012
January - June
70 %
2012
July - December
50 %
Total 59 %
Relating to: commissioners of the Public Service Commission; notices, orders, and determinations of the commission; certificates of authority issued by the commission; approval of contracts by the commission; electricity sales from certain wholesale merchant plants; public utility removal of certain electric service lines; renewable resource credits; tampering or interfering with utility equipment; granting rule-making authority; and providing penalties.
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
15 %
2012
July - December
20 %
Total 6 %

Budget Bill Subjects

No budget bill subjects found.

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

No topics found.

Minor Efforts

(Time spent on matters each of which accounted for less than 10% of the organization's lobbying.)

Minor Efforts
2011
January - June
2011
July - December
2012
January - June
2012
July - December
Total
2011
January - June
15 %
2011
July - December
20 %
2012
January - June
10 %
2012
July - December
30 %
Total 17 %

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures