Wisconsin Retired Educators Association

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Retired educators of Wisconsin.

Lobbying Interests:
Wisconsin Retirement System and pension issues, promotion of public education, school funding restructuring, affordable health insurance, campaign finance reform, tax reform. Fraud and identity theft prevention.

Title:
Executive Director

Contact
DLB
David L Bennett
6405 Century Avenue, Suite 201
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 831-5115
(608) 831-1694
dbennett@wrea.net
http://www.wrea.net

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
John D Forester Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 12/16/2014 Withdrawn On N/A
David L Bennett Exclusive Duties N/A Authorized On 1/8/2015 Withdrawn On 5/5/2016

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 1
Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: a school review system, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/8/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 21
Assembly Bill 21
Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/25/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 70
Assembly Bill 70
Relating to: creation of a private retirement security plan and making appropriations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
6/18/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 78
Assembly Bill 78
Relating to: pupil assessments, evaluation of educator effectiveness, and school accountability reports. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/11/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 156
Assembly Bill 156
Relating to: coverage for new participating employers under the Wisconsin Retirement System. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
4/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 269
Assembly Bill 269
Relating to: funding postretirement health care benefits of local government employees.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
9/9/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 300
Assembly Bill 300
Relating to: creditable military service under the Wisconsin Retirement System. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
9/9/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 394
Assembly Bill 394
Relating to: review of proposed changes to public employee group health insurance programs.

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 119

Other
Notification Date
11/4/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 397
Assembly Bill 397
Relating to: increasing the minimum retirement age under the Wisconsin Retirement System. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/14/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
This bill needs an actuarial study before it is addressed in a committee hearing.
Assembly Bill 398
Assembly Bill 398
Relating to: determination of final average earnings for the purpose of calculating Wisconsin Retirement System annuities. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/14/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
This bill will hurt benefits for future Wisconsin retirees. It should require an actuarial study before it is addressed in a committee hearing.
Assembly Bill 481
Assembly Bill 481
Relating to: limitations on borrowing by school districts and the use by school districts of resolutions and referenda to authorize bonding for capital projects or increase revenue limits and scheduling of school district referendums to exceed revenue limi...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
12/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 517
Assembly Bill 517
Relating to: reporting crimes and other incidents that occur on school property, on school transportation, and at school sanctioned events and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
12/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 581
Assembly Bill 581
Relating to: licenses to teach vocational education subjects. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
12/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Assembly Bill 602
Assembly Bill 602
Relating to: accrediting entities for private schools participating in a parental choice program or the Special Needs Scholarship program.

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 297

Against
Notification Date
12/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 1
Senate Bill 1
Relating to: the school and school district accountability report, chronically failing schools and school districts, and educational options information. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/27/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 21
Senate Bill 21
Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 55

Other
Notification Date
2/25/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 45
Senate Bill 45
Relating to: creation of a private retirement security plan and making appropriations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/18/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 67
Senate Bill 67
Relating to: pupil assessments, evaluation of educator effectiveness, and school accountability reports. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 20

For
Notification Date
3/11/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 134
Senate Bill 134
Relating to: coverage for new participating employers under the Wisconsin Retirement System. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 174

Other
Notification Date
6/11/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 213
Senate Bill 213
Relating to: funding postretirement health care benefits of local government employees.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/5/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 228
Senate Bill 228
Relating to: the amount of an academic excellence higher education scholarship, the number of those scholarships that may be awarded in an academic year, the eligibility criteria for those scholarships, and creating an individual income tax credit for cert...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/7/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Comments
This bill will seriously diminish the number of excellent students who currently receive scholarships.
Senate Bill 292
Senate Bill 292
Relating to: campaign finance.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/21/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 294
Senate Bill 294
Relating to: reorganizing the Government Accountability Board, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and making appropriations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/21/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 312
Senate Bill 312
Relating to: review of proposed changes to public employee group health insurance programs.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
11/4/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 328
Senate Bill 328
Relating to: determination of final average earnings for the purpose of calculating Wisconsin Retirement System annuities. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 329
Senate Bill 329
Relating to: increasing the minimum retirement age under the Wisconsin Retirement System. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
10/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 355
Senate Bill 355
Relating to: limitations on borrowing by school districts and the use by school districts of resolutions and referenda to authorize bonding for capital projects or increase revenue limits and scheduling of school district referendums to exceed revenue limi...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/3/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 449
Senate Bill 449
Relating to: licenses to teach vocational education subjects. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 259

Other
Notification Date
12/15/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 615
Senate Bill 615
Relating to: special needs scholarship program. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 289

Against
Notification Date
2/2/2016
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 640
Senate Bill 640
Relating to: independent financial audits of private schools participating in a parental choice program, a civics exam as a condition for obtaining a high school diploma, and factors for determining school and school district performance on the school and ...

Bill Text and History

2015 Wisconsin Act 212

Other
Notification Date
2/2/2016
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.
Senate Bill 642
Senate Bill 642
Relating to: career and workforce education pilot program and making appropriations. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/2/2016
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Budget Bill Subjects

Employee Trust Funds
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Employee Trust Funds

Notification Date
7/10/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Comments
We opposed altering the composition of the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems

Public Instruction: Categorical Aids
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Instruction: Categorical Aids

Notification Date
5/7/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Public Instruction: Choice, Charter, and Open Enrollment
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Instruction: Choice, Charter, and Open Enrollment

Notification Date
5/7/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Public Instruction: General School Aids and Revenue Limits
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Instruction: General School Aids and Revenue Limits

Notification Date
5/7/2015
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Department of Employee Trust Funds.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Department of Employee Trust Funds.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/16/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

State of Wisconsin Investment Board.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
State of Wisconsin Investment Board.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/16/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Social Security.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Social Security.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/16/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Public school funding.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Public school funding.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/16/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Tax reform.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Tax reform.

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/16/2014
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2015
January - June
$19,078.63
2015
July - December
$21,796.49
2016
January - June
$21,436.10
2016
July - December
$17,204.95
Total $79,516.16
Total Hours Communicating 2015
January - June
61.50
2015
July - December
44.50
2016
January - June
34.50
2016
July - December
0.00
Total 140.50
Total Hours Other 2015
January - June
86.50
2015
July - December
354.00
2016
January - June
205.00
2016
July - December
124.75
Total 770.25

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: increasing the minimum retirement age under the Wisconsin Retirement System. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
10 %
2016
January - June
10 %
2016
July - December
Total 7 %
Relating to: determination of final average earnings for the purpose of calculating Wisconsin Retirement System annuities. (FE)
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
10 %
2016
January - June
10 %
2016
July - December
Total 7 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
33 %
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total 5 %
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
33 %
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total 5 %
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
34 %
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total 5 %

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
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
50 %
2016
January - June
50 %
2016
July - December
100 %
Total 49 %

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

  • Gubernatorial nominations
  • Matters on which the organization made no lobbying communication

Other Matters
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
2016
January - June
2016
July - December
Total
2015
January - June
2015
July - December
30 %
2016
January - June
30 %
2016
July - December
Total 21 %

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures