Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Registered Principal Details

Business Or Interest:
A Wisconsin association of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Lobbying Interests:
All areas of legislation or administrative rules that affect the lives of blind or visually impaired Wisconsin citizens. Specifically we will involve ourselves in the Dept. of Workforce development, Division of Vocational rehabilitation: Dept. of Health and Family Services, Division of Supportive living, Bureau for the Blind; Dept. of Public Instruction, CESAs, Special Education, Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Students; Dept. of Transportation, public transportation, and sales tax issues affecting the sales of assistive devises.

Title:
Executive Director

Contact
DJ
Denise Jess
754 Williamson St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-1166
djess@wcblind.org
http://www.wcblind.org

Authorized Lobbyists

Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Michael Blumenfeld Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 3/8/2021 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Assembly Bill 179
Assembly Bill 179
Relating to: absentee voting in certain residential care facilities and retirement homes and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/4/2021
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 180
Assembly Bill 180
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/4/2021
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 421
Assembly Bill 421
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
7/15/2021
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 434
Assembly Bill 434
Relating to: hunting and fishing approvals for persons with disabilities. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/11/2022
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.
Assembly Bill 490
Assembly Bill 490
Relating to: registry for children with blindness or visual impairment. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/11/2021
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.
Assembly Bill 1002
Assembly Bill 1002
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Other
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.
Senate Bill 180
Senate Bill 180
Relating to: absentee voting, voting procedures, and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
3/17/2021
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.
Comments
The bill brings election law into alignment with the general law related to guardianship. These updates ensure that voters who are under guardianship maintain their right to vote unless a court specifically removes their right to vote.
Senate Bill 205
Senate Bill 205
Relating to: absentee voting in certain residential care facilities and retirement homes and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/4/2021
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.
Senate Bill 206
Senate Bill 206
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
5/4/2021
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.
Senate Bill 422
Senate Bill 422
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
6/16/2021
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 438
Senate Bill 438
Relating to: hunting and fishing approvals for persons with disabilities. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/11/2022
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 467
Senate Bill 467
Relating to: registry for children with blindness or visual impairment. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
11/29/2021
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 937
Senate Bill 937
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/17/2022
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

Health Services: Departmentwide
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Health Services: Departmentwide

Notification Date
3/9/2021
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.

Health Services: Medicaid Services
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Health Services: Medicaid Services

Notification Date
3/9/2021
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.

Public Service Commission: Grant Programs
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Public Service Commission: Grant Programs

Notification Date
3/9/2021
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.

Transportation: Aids
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Transportation: Aids

Notification Date
3/9/2021
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.

Workforce Development: Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Workforce Development: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Notification Date
3/9/2021
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.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Matters relating to traffic violations involving Wisconsin's White Cane Law
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Matters relating to traffic violations involving Wisconsin's White Cane Law

Action Intended To Affect
Legislative matter

Notification Date
3/8/2021
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.

Relating to various modes of transportation
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Relating to various modes of transportation

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
3/8/2021
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.

Relating to voting
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Relating to voting

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
3/8/2021
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

  2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2021
January - June
$15,000.00
2021
July - December
$12,000.00
2022
January - June
$15,000.00
Total $42,000.00
Total Hours Communicating 2021
January - June
1.50
2021
July - December
2.50
2022
January - June
0.00
Total 4.00
Total Hours Other 2021
January - June
100.00
2021
July - December
37.75
2022
January - June
66.25
Total 204.00

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: absentee voting in certain residential care facilities and retirement homes and providing a penalty.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
1 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: absentee voting in certain residential care facilities and retirement homes and providing a penalty.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
3 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
3 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 1 %
Relating to: registry for children with blindness or visual impairment. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
9 %
2022
January - June
6 %
2022
July - December
Total 4 %
Relating to: access to Department of Transportation records to establish residency for approvals issued by the Department of Natural Resources. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
12 %
2022
January - June
5 %
2022
July - December
Total 4 %
Relating to: hunting and fishing approvals for persons with disabilities. (FE)
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
1 %
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
1 %
2022
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of receiving absentee ballots automatically and providing a penalty.
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
11 %
2022
July - December
Total 3 %

Budget Bill Subjects

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
7 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 3 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
7 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 3 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
10 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 5 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
15 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 7 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
18 %
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total 9 %

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
12 %
2021
July - December
26 %
2022
January - June
16 %
2022
July - December
Total 16 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
3 %
2022
January - June
3 %
2022
July - December
Total 2 %
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
10 %
2022
January - June
7 %
2022
July - December
Total 4 %

Minor Efforts

No minor efforts found.

Other Matters

Includes time spent on:

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

Other Matters
2021
January - June
2021
July - December
2022
January - June
2022
July - December
Total
2021
January - June
24 %
2021
July - December
40 %
2022
January - June
50 %
2022
July - December
Total 35 %

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures