Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Outdoor enthusiasts, hunting and fishing community, sportsmen's clubs, county conservation alliances, fish and wildlife species organizations.

Lobbying Interests:
Fish, wildlife, and other natural resources, plus healthy air, land and water, and related outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, trapping, etc.

Contact
ML
Mark LaBarbera
2955 Kennedy Rd.
Hazel Green, WI 53811
520-730-9252
MLaBarbera57@icloud.com
http://wiwf.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 11
Assembly Bill 11
Relating to: fee waivers for state park vehicle admission receipts to parents or guardians of 4th grade pupils and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Encourages youth outdoor activities without financial harm to parks program
Assembly Bill 34
Assembly Bill 34
Relating to: restrictions on baiting deer in counties based on chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 44
Assembly Bill 44
Relating to: the responsibility of a property owner for discharge of a hazardous substance by another.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Reduces DNR protection of water and land which affects fish and wildlife habitat
Assembly Bill 61
Assembly Bill 61
Relating to: creating a deicer applicators certification program and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Will result in reduction of water pollution affecting fisheries
Assembly Bill 71
Assembly Bill 71
Relating to: the disability rating at which veterans qualify for certain hunting and fishing authorizations and exemptions from state park and trail admission fees. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 72
Assembly Bill 72
Relating to: a resident lifetime fishing license, a lifetime fishing trust fund, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Costly to implement and need better future fiscal projections
Assembly Bill 100
Assembly Bill 100
Relating to: funding for reduction of infiltration and inflow in connecting laterals and sewer lines. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Will reduce pollution adversely affecting fisheries
Assembly Bill 136
Assembly Bill 136
Relating to: financial assistance limits for dam removal. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Dam removal enhances migrating fish reproduction
Assembly Bill 137
Assembly Bill 137
Relating to: establishing a statewide wolf population goal.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/28/2023
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
The Federation will seek amendments clarifying and strengthening the bill.
Assembly Bill 168
Assembly Bill 168
Relating to: designating the Henry All-Weather .45-70 as the state rifle.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 254
Assembly Bill 254
Relating to: a wetland assured delineation program, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Streamlines effective wetland protection regulation
Assembly Bill 270
Assembly Bill 270
Relating to: hunter education requirements for persons under the age of 18 and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
7/11/2023
First Communication Date
7/10/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.
Comments
WWF Exec Dir Mark LaBarbera met with Rep. Ty Bodden, 59th Dist Assemblyman, July 10, to discuss AB270 related to hunter education.
Assembly Bill 306
Assembly Bill 306
Relating to: access to Department of Transportation records to establish residency for approvals issued by the Department of Natural Resources. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 312
Assembly Bill 312
Relating to: programs and requirements to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Support Funding for Pollution Cleanup but Oppose Weakening Regulations
Assembly Bill 318
Assembly Bill 318
Relating to: aquatic plant management plans and permit exemptions.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Removes protection for aquatic species including fish including endangered species
Assembly Bill 320
Assembly Bill 320
Relating to: permits for constructing or enlarging artificial water bodies for the purpose of nonmetallic mining reclamation and modifying administrative rules promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Removes vital protection for fish habitat
Assembly Bill 331
Assembly Bill 331
Relating to: grants to map, control, eradicate, monitor, and minimize the spread of wild parsnip; funding for the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Important for wildlife habitat protection
Assembly Bill 358
Assembly Bill 358
Relating to: local regulation of pesticides to protect pollinators.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Provides important habitat for wildlife
Assembly Bill 361
Assembly Bill 361
Relating to: native prairie and forage plants.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Provides important habitat for wildlife
Assembly Bill 362
Assembly Bill 362
Relating to: special registration plates to support protecting pollinators and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Funds pollinator habitat for wildlife
Assembly Bill 363
Assembly Bill 363
Relating to: designating the rusty patched bumble bee as the state native insect.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Provides needed support for a Federal Endangered Species
Assembly Bill 430
Assembly Bill 430
Relating to: the transportation of fish taken by hook and line.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/15/2023
First Communication Date
11/8/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.
Comments
As written, this protection for fish bag limits is not enforceable; This fish regulation has not gone through the Conservation Congress process
Assembly Bill 446
Assembly Bill 446
Relating to: designating the monarch butterfly as the state butterfly.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/30/2023
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
The Monarch is a highly recognizable butterfly and Wisconsin and is in significant decline nationally. Recognition is important to encourage Wisconsin citizens to propagate Monarch habitat in the state.
Assembly Bill 579
Assembly Bill 579
Relating to: use of fill in commercial waterways and Great Lakes waters.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/30/2023
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
The beds of navigable lakes are publicly owned and are protected by the Wisconsin Constitutionally-based Public Trust Doctrine and cannot be used legally for private interest.
Senate Bill 14
Senate Bill 14
Relating to: fee waivers for state park vehicle admission receipts to parents or guardians of 4th grade pupils and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Encourages youth outdoor experiences without harm to parks funding.
Senate Bill 30
Senate Bill 30
Relating to: restrictions on baiting deer in counties based on chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 44
Senate Bill 44
Relating to: the disability rating at which veterans qualify for certain hunting and fishing authorizations and exemptions from state park and trail admission fees. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 46
Senate Bill 46
Relating to: the responsibility of a property owner for discharge of a hazardous substance by another.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Reduces DNR protection of land and water which provides fish and wildlife habitat
Senate Bill 52
Senate Bill 52
Relating to: creating a deicer applicators certification program and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Will result in reduction of water pollution affecting fisheries
Senate Bill 68
Senate Bill 68
Relating to: a resident lifetime fishing license, a lifetime fishing trust fund, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Costly to implement and need better future fiscal projections
Senate Bill 99
Senate Bill 99
Relating to: funding for reduction of infiltration and inflow in connecting laterals and sewer lines. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Will reduce pollution adversely affecting fisheries
Senate Bill 139
Senate Bill 139
Relating to: establishing a statewide wolf population goal.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/28/2023
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
The Federation will seek amendments clarifying and strengthening the bill.
Senate Bill 140
Senate Bill 140
Relating to: financial assistance limits for dam removal. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2023 Wisconsin Act 65

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Dam removal enhances migrating fish reproduction
Senate Bill 165
Senate Bill 165
Relating to: designating the Henry All-Weather .45-70 as the state rifle.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 254
Senate Bill 254
Relating to: a wetland assured delineation program, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
Streamlines effective wetland protection regulation
Senate Bill 265
Senate Bill 265
Relating to: hunter education requirements for persons under the age of 18 and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/22/2023
First Communication Date
8/23/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.
Senate Bill 269
Senate Bill 269
Relating to: grants to map, control, eradicate, monitor, and minimize the spread of wild parsnip; funding for the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Important for wildlife habitat protection
Senate Bill 310
Senate Bill 310
Relating to: access to Department of Transportation records to establish residency for approvals issued by the Department of Natural Resources. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
8/24/2023
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 312
Senate Bill 312
Relating to: programs and requirements to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Support Funding for Pollution Cleanup but Oppose Weakening Regulations
Senate Bill 316
Senate Bill 316
Relating to: aquatic plant management plans and permit exemptions.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Removes protection for aquatic species such as fish and including endangered species
Senate Bill 357
Senate Bill 357
Relating to: native prairie and forage plants.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Provides important habitat for wildlife
Senate Bill 359
Senate Bill 359
Relating to: local regulation of pesticides to protect pollinators.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/15/2023
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
Provides important habitat for wildlife
Senate Bill 361
Senate Bill 361
Relating to: special registration plates to support protecting pollinators and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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 411
Senate Bill 411
Relating to: the transportation of fish taken by hook and line.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/29/2023
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
This method of establishing compliance with fish size limit is totally unenforceable. Secondly, the concept has not been brought forward to Wisconsin Sportsmen and women through the statutory Wisconsin Conservation Congress public hearing process
Senate Bill 443
Senate Bill 443
Relating to: designating the monarch butterfly as the state butterfly.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/30/2023
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
The Monarch is a highly recognizable butterfly and Wisconsin and is in significant decline nationally. Recognition is important to encourage Wisconsin citizens to propagate Monarch habitat in the state.
Senate Bill 541
Senate Bill 541
Relating to: use of fill in commercial waterways and Great Lakes waters.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/30/2023
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
The beds of navigable lakes are publicly owned and under the Wisconsin Constitutionally-based Public Trust Doctrine cannot be used for private interest

Total Lobbying Effort

  2023
January - June
2023
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2023
January - June
$4,446.56
2023
July - December
$691.54
Total $5,138.10
Total Hours Communicating 2023
January - June
0.00
2023
July - December
1.00
Total 1.00
Total Hours Other 2023
January - June
131.25
2023
July - December
28.00
Total 159.25

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

No legislative bills/resolutions found.

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
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
80%
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 66%

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

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

Other Matters
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
20%
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 16%

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures