Legal Action of Wisconsin

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Non profit law firm representing low-income people in their civil legal aid matters.

Lobbying Interests:
Issues related to civil legal problems of low-income people

Title:
Executive Director

Contact
DP
Deedee Peterson
666 W. Wisconsin Ave, Suite 2000
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 278-7777 x3051
ddp@legalaction.org
http://www.legalaction.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 1
Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: state government actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, 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

Other
Notification Date
1/21/2021
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
Liability immunity would not protect our clients who are worried about COVID workplace safety or who report issues. Changes could provide better protections, keep Wisconsinites employed, and advance businesses who protect employees and the public.
Assembly Bill 69
Assembly Bill 69
Relating to: expungement of records of certain crimes and discrimination based on expunged conviction. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/15/2021
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 627
Assembly Bill 627
Relating to: terminating parental rights based on the parent's incarceration. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/30/2021
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.
Supporting Documentation
20211130_LAW Comments AB 627_11.30.21.pdf

Assembly Bill 628
Assembly Bill 628
Relating to: elimination of a jury trial in a proceeding under the Children's Code. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/30/2021
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.
Supporting Documentation
20211130_LAW Comments AB 628_11.30.21.pdf

Assembly Bill 633
Assembly Bill 633
Relating to: the required annual exchange of financial information in an order for family support, child support, or maintenance.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/30/2021
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
Section 3 is of particular importance to our clients, as it is critical that parties be able to redact identifying information to protect the health and safety of victims of domestic abuse.
Assembly Bill 722
Assembly Bill 722
Relating to: stipulated orders before judgment in actions for divorce, annulment, or legal separation.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 204

For
Notification Date
11/30/2021
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
It is important that our clients' stipulations be enforced during actions involving the family, and that their intentions are clearly understood.
Assembly Bill 723
Assembly Bill 723
Relating to: procedures for de novo review in actions affecting the family.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 205

For
Notification Date
11/30/2021
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
It is important to be able to provide bright line rules that are consistent from county to county, especially for pro se clients.
Assembly Bill 858
Assembly Bill 858
Relating to: consumer lawsuit lending and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/21/2022
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
The protections provided in AB 858/SB 842 for people who rely on lawsuit lending to right wrongs that they could otherwise not afford to pursue would benefit Legal Action's low-income clients.
Assembly Bill 934
Assembly Bill 934
Relating to: disenrollment of ineligible individuals from and redeterminations of eligibility for the Medical Assistance program and database confirmation for public assistance program eligibility. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220207_AB934 & SB905 Disenrollment Med Assist. Bill.pdf

Assembly Bill 935
Assembly Bill 935
Relating to: FoodShare work and FoodShare employment and training requirements and drug testing.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220207_AB 935 & SB 902 FoodShare.pdf

Assembly Bill 936
Assembly Bill 936
Relating to: failure to accept employment to remain eligible for Medical Assistance.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220207_AB 936 & SB 912 Disenrollment for not taking job.pdf

Assembly Bill 937
Assembly Bill 937
Relating to: the amount of benefits received under the unemployment insurance law. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220207_AB 937 & SB906 UI Unemp Rate.pdf

Assembly Bill 938
Assembly Bill 938
Relating to: various changes to the unemployment insurance law, requiring an audit to be conducted by the Legislative Audit Bureau, requiring approval by the Joint Committee on Finance of certain federally authorized unemployment benefits, and authorizing ...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220207_AB938 & SB932 Changes to UI.pdf

Assembly Bill 939
Assembly Bill 939
Relating to: various changes to the unemployment insurance law. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/7/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220207_AB939 & SB911 Job Interviews Bill.pdf

Senate Bill 78
Senate Bill 78
Relating to: expungement of records of certain crimes and discrimination based on expunged conviction. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
5/7/2021
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 112
Senate Bill 112
Relating to: factors relating to the physical placement of a child.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 37

Against
Notification Date
3/2/2021
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
Legal Action is concerned that SB 112 would move the focus away from what is best for children and negatively impact our clients and their children, especially those affected by family violence.
Supporting Documentation
20210302_LAW Feedback on SB 112 (Final) - RBH.pdf

Senate Bill 116
Senate Bill 116
Relating to: modifications to legal custody or physical placement contingent upon a future event.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 20

Against
Notification Date
3/2/2021
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
Legal Action is concerned that SB 116 would negatively impact our clients and their children, especially those affected by family violence.
Supporting Documentation
20210302_LAW Feedback on SB 116 (Final) - RBH.pdf

Senate Bill 595
Senate Bill 595
Relating to: terminating parental rights based on the parent's incarceration. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/26/2022
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 842
Senate Bill 842
Relating to: consumer lawsuit lending and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/21/2022
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
The protections provided in AB 858/SB 842 for people who rely on lawsuit lending to right wrongs that they could otherwise not afford to pursue would benefit Legal Action's low-income clients.
Senate Bill 902
Senate Bill 902
Relating to: FoodShare work and FoodShare employment and training requirements and drug testing.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB 902 & AB 935 FoodShare.pdf

Senate Bill 905
Senate Bill 905
Relating to: disenrollment of ineligible individuals from and redeterminations of eligibility for the Medical Assistance program and database confirmation for public assistance program eligibility. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB905 & AB 934 Disenrollment Med Assist. Bill.pdf

Senate Bill 906
Senate Bill 906
Relating to: the amount of benefits received under the unemployment insurance law. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB906 & AB 937 UI Unemp Rate.pdf

Senate Bill 911
Senate Bill 911
Relating to: various changes to the unemployment insurance law. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB911 & AB 939 Job Interviews Bill.pdf

Senate Bill 912
Senate Bill 912
Relating to: failure to accept employment to remain eligible for Medical Assistance.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB 912 & AB 936 Disenrollment for not taking job.pdf

Senate Bill 914
Senate Bill 914
Relating to: various changes to the unemployment insurance law, a grant program for hiring qualified long-term unemployment recipients, allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding for certain purposes, the state plan under the federal Wo...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB 914 & AB 883 Reemployment Asssist..pdf

Senate Bill 932
Senate Bill 932
Relating to: various changes to the unemployment insurance law, requiring an audit to be conducted by the Legislative Audit Bureau, requiring approval by the Joint Committee on Finance of certain federally authorized unemployment benefits, and authorizing ...

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
2/8/2022
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.
Supporting Documentation
20220208_SB932 & AB 938 Changes to UI.pdf

Budget Bill Subjects

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

Notification Date
5/18/2021
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 are in support of funding for civil legal aid.

Children and Families: Economic Support
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Children and Families: Economic Support

Notification Date
5/18/2021
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 are in support of funding for civil legal aid.

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

COVID-19 protections for migrant workers
Agency Name
Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
Subject
COVID-19 protections for migrant workers
Scope Statement
SS 032_20
For
Notification Date
2/23/2021
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
Providing feedback that new emergency rule could reduce COVID risk and thus benefit Legal Action's farmworker clients.
Supporting Documentation
20210223_LAW Comment re New Em Rule re COVID protections for MSAW Feb 2020 FINAL - ESB.pdf

COVID-19 protections for migrant workers
Agency Name
Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
Subject
COVID-19 protections for migrant workers
Scope Statement
SS 003_22
For
Notification Date
1/26/2022
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
A new emergency rule focused on COVID-19 is critically necessary for the immediate preservation of public health, safety, and welfare of Wisconsin’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19.
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19.

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
4/2/2021
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.

Concerns relayed to DWD re: issues related to UI overpayments
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Concerns relayed to DWD re: issues related to UI overpayments

Action Intended To Affect
Rule (by a state agency)

Notification Date
3/2/2021
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.

Supporting Documentation
20210302_Letter to DWD - Coordination of benefits - with Exhibits (BDS).pdf


Expungement
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Expungement

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
2/4/2021
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.

Dept. of Administration Interagency Council on Homelessness -- state plan for homelessness (A Hand and a Home).
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Dept. of Administration Interagency Council on Homelessness -- state plan for homelessness (A Hand and a Home).

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
2/1/2021
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
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Expungement changes
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Expungement changes

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
12/23/2020
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.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2021
January - June
$8,238.34
2021
July - December
$672.71
2022
January - June
$2,367.63
Total $11,278.68
Total Hours Communicating 2021
January - June
18.60
2021
July - December
0.60
2022
January - June
0.80
Total 20.00
Total Hours Other 2021
January - June
77.00
2021
July - December
37.00
2022
January - June
32.80
Total 146.80

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

No legislative bills/resolutions found.

Budget Bill Subjects

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
45 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 26 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
45 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 26 %

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
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
10 %
2021
July - December
100 %
2022
January - June
100 %
2022
July - December
Total 48 %

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures