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.

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Lobbyist Name Exclusive Duties Authorized On Withdrawn On
Michael Blumenfeld Exclusive Duties No Authorized On 3/22/2023 Withdrawn On N/A

Lobbying Interests

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

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
8/10/2023
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 408
Assembly Bill 408
Relating to: a tax credit for transportation services for blind workers. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/17/2023
First Communication Date
10/10/2023
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal has communicated on this matter.
Assembly Bill 494
Assembly Bill 494
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of automatically receiving absentee ballots and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
11/1/2023
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 543
Assembly Bill 543
Relating to: election observers and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/1/2023
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 752
Assembly Bill 752
Relating to: license fee exemptions for a dog that is a service animal. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/29/2024
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 904
Assembly Bill 904
Relating to: information technology accessibility standards and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
2/5/2024
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 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
8/10/2023
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 398
Senate Bill 398
Relating to: a tax credit for transportation services for blind workers. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
10/17/2023
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 560
Senate Bill 560
Relating to: election observers and providing a penalty.

Bill Text and History

Against
Notification Date
11/1/2023
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 582
Senate Bill 582
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of automatically receiving absentee ballots and providing a penalty. (FE)

Bill Text and History

Other
Notification Date
11/1/2023
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 728
Senate Bill 728
Relating to: license fee exemptions for a dog that is a service animal. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
1/29/2024
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 831
Senate Bill 831
Relating to: information technology accessibility standards and granting rule-making authority. (FE)

Bill Text and History

For
Notification Date
12/21/2023
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.

Budget Bill Subjects

Elections Commission
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Elections Commission

Notification Date
3/25/2023
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.

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

Notification Date
3/25/2023
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.

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

Notification Date
3/25/2023
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.

Transportation: Local Transportation Assistance
Biennial budget bill treatment of matter relating to
Transportation: Local Transportation Assistance

Notification Date
3/25/2023
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.

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

Notification Date
3/25/2023
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.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

Any matter relating to services for the blind and visually impaired
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
Any matter relating to services for the blind and visually impaired

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
2/5/2024
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.

information technology accessibility standards for state websites
Development, drafting or introduction of a proposal relating to
information technology accessibility standards for state websites

Action Intended To Affect
Both Legislative matter and rule

Notification Date
12/12/2023
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.

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
3/22/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal 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
3/22/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal 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
3/22/2023
First Communication Date
N/A
Communication Information
The principal, a lobbyist authorized by the principal, or another individual acting on behalf of the principal do not intend to communicate on this matter.

Total Lobbying Effort

  2023
January - June
2023
July - December
Total
Total Lobbying Expenditures 2023
January - June
$13,000.00
2023
July - December
$13,000.00
Total $26,000.00
Total Hours Communicating 2023
January - June
1.50
2023
July - December
4.75
Total 6.25
Total Hours Other 2023
January - June
61.75
2023
July - December
35.50
Total 97.25

Percent Allocation of Lobbying Effort

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Relating to: election observers and providing a penalty.
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: information technology accessibility standards and granting rule-making authority. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
1%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: a tax credit for transportation services for blind workers. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
3%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
Relating to: access to Department of Transportation records to establish residency for approvals issued by the Department of Natural Resources. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
4%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 2%
Relating to: status as an indefinitely confined voter for purposes of automatically receiving absentee ballots and providing a penalty. (FE)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
11%
2024
January - June
2024
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)
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
22%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 9%

Budget Bill Subjects

2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
1%
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
13%
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 8%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
15%
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 9%

Administrative Rulemaking Proceedings

No administrative rulemaking proceedings found.

Topics Not Yet Assigned A Bill Or Rule Number

2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total < 1%
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
11%
2024
January - June
2024
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
2023
January - June
2023
July - December
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total
2023
January - June
71%
2023
July - December
43%
2024
January - June
2024
July - December
Total 60%

Filed Statements of Lobbying Activity and Expenditures