For more detailed information about these lobbyists and organizations and a complete list of organizations and people authorized to lobby the 2001 session of the legislature, visit the Ethics Board's web site at
Fisk, Susan Out of State Landowners Association
Petersen, Eric J Covenant Healthcare System Inc
Potts, Michael Wisconsin Initiative Seeking Energy Reform LLC
Swiderski, Julie Covenant Healthcare System Inc
Also available from the Wisconsin Ethics Board are reports identifying the amount and value of time state agencies have spent to affect legislative action and reports of expenditures for lobbying activities filed by organizations that employ lobbyists.
Roth Judd
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
May 31, 2002
The Honorable, The Legislature:
As required by s. 13.94(1)(em), Wis. Stats., we have completed our annual financial audit and biennial program evaluation of the Wisconsin Lottery, which is administered by the Department of Revenue. We have issued an unqualified opinion on the Wisconsin Lottery's fiscal year (FY) 1999-2000 and FY 2000-01 financial statements.
We also reviewed an incentive-based compensation program for retailers that the Wisconsin Lottery modeled after other states and implemented in January 2000. In addition to the basic commission rates, the Retailer Performance program provides up to an additional 1.0 percent of total sales as compensation to eligible retailers. The program, which provided $3.9 million in retailer compensation in FY 2000-01, has three components: a sales incentive, winning ticket incentive, and short-term incentives for particular games or sets of games.
There is little evidence that the Retailer Performance program is effective in increasing either lottery sales or the number of retailers selling lottery tickets. Based on other states' experience, the program was projected to increase lottery sales by $24.9 million in the 1999-2001 biennium; instead, sales decreased by $27.2 million. The number of retailers selling Wisconsin Lottery tickets has not increased since the program's implementation. However, because several factors influence ticket sales, it is difficult to determine whether the program mitigated larger declines in sales that would have otherwise occurred.
The Retailer Performance program has increased retailer compensation costs. Before the program was implemented, retailers earned approximately 5.9 percent of Wisconsin Lottery sales. In FY 2000-01, retailers earned 7.1 percent of sales, the highest rate among seven midwestern states. As costs for retailer compensation increase, the amount of lottery proceeds available for property tax relief decreases.
The Wisconsin Lottery plans to modify the Retailer Performance program in 2003 and will likely focus more on short-term incentives, which lottery staff believe have the greatest potential to affect sales. To increase the program's effectiveness and reduce its costs, we provide recommendations such as eliminating or reducing incentive payments when retailers' overall lottery sales decline.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by the Department of Revenue. The Department's response is the appendix.
Janice Mueller
State Auditor
Milwaukee Public Schools
May 29, 2002
The Honorable, The Senate:
According to Wisconsin School Law 121.87 in accordance with 13.172, the Board is required by law to submit the enclosed reports. School Law 121.87 states "... annually by May 1 the board of school directors of the school district operating under ch. 119 shall submit a report to the legislature under s. 13.172(2) that specifies the number, percentage, race, sex, grade and attendance area of pupils transferred outside their attendance area without written consent under s. 121.85(6)(am)."
Enclosed you will find four (4) reports that meet the requirements stated above. The total number of intradistrict students bused under the Chapter 220 designation for the school year 2001-02 equals 18,460, of that number, 3,237 or 16.2% either did not return a consent form (3,072) or checked box indicating no consent (165).
The four reports contain the following information:
Report 1 - Lists ethnic code breakdown by Grade Level for the 3,237 students. Code 1 = American Indian, Code 2 = African American, Code 3 = Asian, Code 4 = Hispanic, Code 5 = White, Code 6 = Other.
S735 Report 2 - Lists the ethnic code breakdown by School Attendance Area. (Attached is a copy of our school site numbers and the elementary school they represent.)
Report 3 - Lists a male or female breakdown by Grade Level.
Report 4 - Lists a male or female breakdown by Attendance Area,
Michael Turza, Director
Department of Business Services
State of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin System
May 28, 2002
The Honorable, The Legislature:
At its meeting April 5, 2002 the Board of regents accepted the attached report for submission to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172(3).
Section 36.11(22)(b), Wis. Stats., requires the Board of Regents to submit a report to the chief clerk of each house of the Legislature annually on the methods each UW System institution used to disseminate information to students on sexual assault and sexual harassment.
The law requires UW System institutions to incorporate into their orientation programs for newly entering students oral and written information on sexual assault and sexual harassment, including information on: (1) sexual assault by acquaintances of the victims; (2) the legal definitions and penalties for sexual assault; (3) generally available national, state, and campus statistics on sexual assault; (4) the rights of victims; and (5) protective behaviors including methods of recognizing and avoiding sexual assault and sexual harassment. In addition, each institution must annually supply to all students enrolled in the institution printed material that includes information on all of these topics.
This law was enacted in April 1990 and this is the twelfth report to be compiled for the legislature since its enactment.
If you need additional information regarding this report, please contact Louise Root-Robbins at 608-262-6831.
Katharine C. Lyall
Referred to committee on Universities, Housing and Government Operations.
State of Wisconsin
Department of Administration
May 20, 2002
The Honorable, The Legislature:
This report is transmitted as required by sec. 20.002(11)(f) of the Wisconsin Statutes, (for distribution to the appropriate standing committees under sec. 13.172(3) Stats.), and confirms that the Department of Administration has found it necessary to exercise the "temporary reallocation of balances" authority provided by this section in order to meet payment responsibilities and cover resulting negative balances during the month of April 2002.
On April 1, 2002 the General Fund balance was -$231.1 million. This shortfall continued until April 19, 2002 when the balance reached a positive $78.0 million. During this period, the General Fund balance reached a low of -$359.8 million on April 10, 2002. The shortfall was due to the difference in the timing of revenues and expenditures, in combination with the overall budget shortfall.
On April 1, 2002 the Wisconsin Health Education Loan Repayment Fund balance was -$3 thousand. This shortfall continued until April 12, 2002 when the balance reached a positive $5 thousand. The shortfall was due to the difference in the timing of revenues and expenditures.
The General Fund and the Wisconsin Health Education Loan Repayment Fund shortfalls were not in excess of the statutory interfund borrowing limitation and did not exceed the balances of the Funds available for interfund borrowing.
The distribution of interest earnings to investment pool participants is based on the average daily balance in the pool and each fund's share. Therefore, the monthly calculation by the State Controller's Office will automatically reflect the use of these temporary reallocations of balance authority.
George Lightbourn
Referred to the joint committee on Finance.
referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules
The committee on Environmental Resources reports and recommends:
Relating to the use of deed restrictions and deed notices for the closure of environmental remediation cases, and the implementation of a geographic information system registry of closed remediation sites for properties with residual soil contamination that exceeds, at the time of case closure, generic or site-specific residual contaminant levels as determined under ch.NR 720.
No action taken.
Relating to commercial fishing in Lake Michigan.
No action taken.
Jim Baumgart
The committee on Human Services and Aging reports and recommends:
Relating to supervised clinical practice.
No action taken.
Relating to pre-certification supervised practice.
No action taken.
Relating to grants supporting community child care initiatives.
No action taken.
Judith Robson
The committee on Insurance, Tourism, and Transportation reports and recommends:
Relating to the regulation of swim rafts and the definition of "impoundment" and "similar conveyance."
No action taken.