Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, Inc

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
To promote fairness and equality in Wisconsin's civil justice system, business groups, and associations.

Lobbying Interests:
Legislation addressing lawsuit abuse and statutory reforms to Wisconsin's civil justice system.

CEO Name:
Bill G. Smith
Executive Director

Contact
RJP
Randall J. Pirlot
10 E Doty Street, Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 258-9506
(608) 283-2589
pirlot@hamilton-consulting.com
http://wisciviljusticecouncil.org/

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Andrew Cook Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 1/2/2019 Withdrawn On 9/20/2019
Paige C Scobee Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 7/25/2019 Withdrawn On N/A
Randall J Pirlot Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 10/3/2019 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 25
Assembly Bill 25
Relating to: allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
3/8/2019
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 30
Assembly Bill 30
Relating to: creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2019 Wisconsin Act 123

For
Notification Date
10/3/2019
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
WCJC supports the bill as amended by Assembly Amendment 2.
Assembly Bill 321
Assembly Bill 321
Relating to: setting standards for certain contaminants, providing information relating to off-site disposal of certain waste, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-maki...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
7/30/2019
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 345
Assembly Bill 345
Relating to: immunity for motor vehicle sellers.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/24/2019
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 424
Assembly Bill 424
Relating to: the statute of limitations for sexual contact with a child.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/8/2019
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 505
Assembly Bill 505
Relating to: operating a vehicle loaded with snow and ice.

Bill Text and History

None
Notification Date
11/1/2019
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 593
Assembly Bill 593
Relating to: liability exemption for the provision of previously owned eyeglasses.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/8/2019
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 685
Assembly Bill 685
Relating to: creating a pre-filing notice requirement applicable to a dispute between a condominium association and a unit owner.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/2/2020
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 749
Assembly Bill 749
Relating to: immunity from liability resulting from good faith actions under the child abuse and neglect reporting law.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/22/2020
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 752
Assembly Bill 752
Relating to: the revised uniform unclaimed property act. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/29/2020
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
WCJC is neutral on AB 752, as amended and passed by the state Assembly.
Assembly Bill 755
Assembly Bill 755
Relating to: unlawfully summoning a police officer, creating a civil cause of action, and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/22/2020
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
WCJC opposes provision in bill which creates a new civil cause of action.
Assembly Bill 772
Assembly Bill 772
Relating to: employer liability for not drug testing employees and prospective employees. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/23/2020
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 842
Assembly Bill 842
Relating to: providing funding related to PFAS programs and positions, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/4/2020
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 843
Assembly Bill 843
Relating to: PFAS standards and grant programs, providing blood testing for certain individuals, requiring a cancer cluster study, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting r...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/4/2020
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 862
Assembly Bill 862
Relating to: opioid settlement moneys and creation of opioid settlement trust fund and opioid settlement foundation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

None
Notification Date
2/11/2020
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 920
Assembly Bill 920
Relating to: unnecessarily summoning a police officer and creating a civil cause of action.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/15/2020
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 1038
Assembly Bill 1038
Relating to: state government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2019 Wisconsin Act 185

None
Notification Date
4/14/2020
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 29
Senate Bill 29
Relating to: allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
9/24/2019
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 34
Senate Bill 34
Relating to: creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/3/2019
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
WCJC supports the bill as amended by Senate Amendment 2.
Senate Bill 41
Senate Bill 41
Relating to: civil cause of action for financial exploitation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/18/2019
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 302
Senate Bill 302
Relating to: setting standards for certain contaminants, providing information relating to off-site disposal of certain waste, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-maki...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
7/30/2019
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 322
Senate Bill 322
Relating to: immunity for motor vehicle sellers.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/24/2019
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 381
Senate Bill 381
Relating to: the statute of limitations for sexual contact with a child.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/8/2019
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 512
Senate Bill 512
Relating to: creating a pre-filing notice requirement applicable to a dispute between a condominium association and a unit owner.

Bill Text and History

2019 Wisconsin Act 168

For
Notification Date
1/2/2020
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 547
Senate Bill 547
Relating to: liability exemption for the provision of previously owned eyeglasses.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/1/2019
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 668
Senate Bill 668
Relating to: immunity from liability resulting from good faith actions under the child abuse and neglect reporting law.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/16/2020
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 702
Senate Bill 702
Relating to: employer liability for not drug testing employees and prospective employees. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/25/2020
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 756
Senate Bill 756
Relating to: the revised uniform unclaimed property act. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
1/30/2020
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
Provided SA 1 is adopted, WCJC is neutral on SB 756.
Senate Bill 772
Senate Bill 772
Relating to: PFAS standards and grant programs, providing blood testing for certain individuals, requiring a cancer cluster study, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting r...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2020
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 773
Senate Bill 773
Relating to: providing funding related to PFAS programs and positions, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2020
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

Corrections: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Corrections: Departmentwide

Notification Date
3/4/2019
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
WCJC opposes the Qui Tam provision

http://www.wisciviljusticecouncil.org/2019/03/04/budget-bill-seeks-to-reinsert-anti-business-qui-tam-law/?utm_source=WCJC+Newsletter+-+March+4%2C+2019&utm_campaign=3-4-19_WCJCNewsletter&utm_medium=email

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

Numerical standards to minimize the concentration of polluting substances in groundwater
Agency Name
Department of Natural Resources (NR)

Subject
Numerical standards to minimize the concentration of polluting substances in groundwater

SS 090_19
None
Notification Date
11/18/2019
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.

Regulating fire fighting foam that contains certain contaminants
Agency Name
Department of Natural Resources (NR)

Subject
Regulating fire fighting foam that contains certain contaminants

SS 015_20
None
Notification Date
12/13/2020
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.

Surface water quality criteria and analytical methods for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including PFOS, PFOA, and any other PFAS for the purpose of protecting public health, and the procedures in the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination S...
Agency Name
Department of Natural Resources (NR)

Subject
Surface water quality criteria and analytical methods for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including PFOS, PFOA, and any other PFAS for the purpose of protecting public health, and the procedures in the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination S...

SS 091_19
None
Notification Date
11/18/2019
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.

The promulgation of new drinking water maximum contaminant levels for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) including Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
Agency Name
Department of Natural Resources (NR)

Subject
The promulgation of new drinking water maximum contaminant levels for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) including Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

SS 089_19
None
Notification Date
11/18/2019
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

Issues related to Governor's public health emergency declaration and any executive, adminsitrative, or legislative COVID-19 responses.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Issues related to Governor's public health emergency declaration and any executive, adminsitrative, or legislative COVID-19 responses.

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
3/25/2020
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.

Initiatives relating to civil justice matters that affect Wisconsin and other manufacturers and businesses.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Initiatives relating to civil justice matters that affect Wisconsin and other manufacturers and businesses.

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
1/2/2019
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

  2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2019
January - June
$70,707.27
2019
July - December
$48,557.01
2020
January - June
$45,854.01
2020
July - December
$70,330.56
Total $235,448.85
Total Hours Communicating 2019
January - June
2.50
2019
July - December
37.50
2020
January - June
71.50
2020
July - December
33.00
Total 144.50
Total Hours Other 2019
January - June
59.50
2019
July - December
171.50
2020
January - June
256.50
2020
July - December
230.75
Total 718.25

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes.
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
20 %
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation. (FE)
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
7 %
2020
January - June
10 %
2020
July - December
Total 6 %
Relating to: allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes.
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
7 %
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation. (FE)
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
9 %
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total 2 %
Relating to: PFAS standards and grant programs, providing blood testing for certain individuals, requiring a cancer cluster study, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
15 %
2020
July - December
Total 6 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
30 %
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total 2 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
8 %
2020
January - June
1 %
2020
July - December
Total 2 %
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
8 %
2020
January - June
1 %
2020
July - December
Total 2 %
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
5 %
Total 2 %

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
40 %
2019
July - December
31 %
2020
January - June
18 %
2020
July - December
5 %
Total 19 %
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
46 %
2020
July - December
60 %
Total 36 %

Minor Efforts

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

Minor Efforts
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
3 %
2020
January - June
8 %
2020
July - December
Total 4 %

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

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

Other Matters
2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
2019
January - June
10 %
2019
July - December
19 %
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
30 %
Total 14 %

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures