Wisconsin District Attorneys' Association, Inc.

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
Criminal prosecutors including the 71 elected District Attorneys, the Assistant District Attorneys, Deputy District Attorneys, Special Prosecutors and County-paid criminal prosecutors working in DA offices.

Lobbying Interests:
WDAA advocates for market-based pay for the prosecutors, including funding the statutorily established pay plan for ADAs, promoting pay equity for the elected DAs, protecting and enhancing prosecutorial discretion and advocating for Justice under law. Creation of a prosecutorial board. Promoting the interests of the Justice Coalition. Advocating for proper staffing of ADAs in Wisconsin's 71 DA offices. Addressing current and proposed criminal, juvenile and civil statutes that effect the 71 DA offices in Wisconsin and the work the prosecutors and staff do.

Title:
Government Liaison

Contact
LJMJ
Louis J. Molepske, Jr.
1516 Church Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-1303
wdaa@da.wi.gov
https://thewdaa.org

Authorized Lobbyists

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Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 33
Assembly Bill 33
Relating to: merit pay raises for state public defenders.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/22/2021
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 42
Assembly Bill 42
Relating to: entering certain places with intent to commit battery and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/24/2021
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
WDAA is monitoring this bill.
Assembly Bill 44
Assembly Bill 44
Relating to: increased penalties for crimes against elder persons; restraining orders for elder persons; freezing assets of a defendant charged with financial exploitation of an elder person; sexual assault of an elder person; physical abuse of an elder pe...

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/24/2021
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
WDAA is monitoring this bill.
Assembly Bill 98
Assembly Bill 98
Relating to: battery by a person detained while awaiting trial as a sexually violent person and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/22/2021
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
This bill clarifies that a person detained but not yet committed can be held accountable just like the committed person in Sand Ridge.
Assembly Bill 199
Assembly Bill 199
Relating to: conducting juvenile proceedings by telephone or audiovisual means and appearance at any criminal proceeding by telephone or audiovisual means. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/7/2021
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.
Assembly Bill 250
Assembly Bill 250
Relating to: Department of Revenue enforcement and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/17/2021
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 253
Assembly Bill 253
Relating to: pen registers and trap and trace devices.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/9/2021
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 280
Assembly Bill 280
Relating to: intoxicated operation of all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles, and motorboats and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/4/2021
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.
Assembly Bill 357
Assembly Bill 357
Relating to: manufacturing, distributing, or delivering fentanyl or fentanyl analogs and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/15/2021
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.
Comments
WDAA strongly support this legislation to curb the #1 substance killing our citizens who have opioid addictions.
Assembly Bill 841
Assembly Bill 841
Relating to: prosecuting a violent felon for the crime of illegal possession of a firearm.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
1/25/2022
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 Wisconsin District Attorneys' Association, Inc. has significant concerns with the mechanics of this bill, the effect on independent use of prosecutorial discretion, and the ethical responsibility to amend/dismiss if the evidence is not present.
Assembly Joint Resolution 107
Assembly Joint Resolution 107
Relating to: eligibility and conditions for release prior to conviction of persons accused of certain crimes and considerations for imposing bail (first consideration).

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/11/2022
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 17
Senate Bill 17
Relating to: increased penalties for crimes against elder persons; restraining orders for elder persons; freezing assets of a defendant charged with financial exploitation of an elder person; sexual assault of an elder person; physical abuse of an elder pe...

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 76

Other
Notification Date
2/24/2021
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
The WDAA is monitoring this bill.
Senate Bill 28
Senate Bill 28
Relating to: battery by a person detained while awaiting trial as a sexually violent person and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 13

For
Notification Date
2/11/2021
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
This bill clarifies that a person detained but not yet committed can be held accountable just like the committed person in Sand Ridge.
Senate Bill 53
Senate Bill 53
Relating to: entering certain places with intent to commit battery and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
2/24/2021
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
The WDAA is monitoring this bill.
Senate Bill 62
Senate Bill 62
Relating to: merit pay raises for state public defenders.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 7

For
Notification Date
2/11/2021
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 219
Senate Bill 219
Relating to: conducting juvenile proceedings by telephone or audiovisual means and appearance at any criminal proceeding by telephone or audiovisual means. (FE)

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 141

For
Notification Date
4/7/2021
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 241
Senate Bill 241
Relating to: pen registers and trap and trace devices.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/9/2021
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 285
Senate Bill 285
Relating to: Department of Revenue enforcement and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
6/17/2021
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 301
Senate Bill 301
Relating to: intoxicated operation of all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles, and motorboats and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
4/9/2021
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 352
Senate Bill 352
Relating to: manufacturing, distributing, or delivering fentanyl or fentanyl analogs and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

2021 Wisconsin Act 179

For
Notification Date
6/15/2021
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.
Comments
WDAA strongly support this legislation to curb the #1 substance killing our citizens who have opioid addictions.
Senate Bill 852
Senate Bill 852
Relating to: prosecuting a violent felon for the crime of illegal possession of a firearm.

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.
Comments
The Wisconsin District Attorneys' Association, Inc. has significant concerns with the mechanics of this bill, the effect on independent use of prosecutorial discretion, and the ethical responsibility to amend/dismiss if the evidence is not present.
Senate Joint Resolution 82
Senate Joint Resolution 82
Relating to: eligibility and conditions for release prior to conviction of persons accused of certain crimes and considerations for imposing bail (first consideration).

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/11/2022
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.

Budget Bill Subjects

Circuit Courts
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Circuit Courts

Notification Date
2/22/2021
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.

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

Notification Date
2/22/2021
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.

District Attorneys
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
District Attorneys

Notification Date
2/18/2021
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
The WDAA is interested in the District Attorney Program specifically funding pay progression, funding uniform elected DA pay across Wisconsin as proposed, funding additional ADA FTE, funding a prosecutor board and supporting the Justice Coalition.

Justice
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Justice

Notification Date
2/22/2021
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.

Public Defender Board
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Defender Board

Notification Date
2/22/2021
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.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

All matters related to funding and regulatory changes in response to COVID-19
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
All matters related to funding and regulatory changes in response to COVID-19

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
2/22/2021
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.

Total Lobbying Effort

No certified reports found.

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

No minor efforts found.

Other Matters

No other matters found.

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures

This organization is one of fewer than 10 organizations registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission that is exempt from semi-annual reporting of its lobbying hours and expenditures. Instead of the semi-annual report the organization has submitted a written pledge not to spend more than $500 per year on lobbying. This organization is obliged to abide by the same standards of conduct as pertain to other organizations that retain lobbyists and to identify each bill or rule on which it has a lobbying communication.