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Thursday, January 22, 2015

 3:25 PM 

'Upskirting' bill passes


A bill that would make it a felony to use a camera or recording device to take photos or video up a person's skirt or underneath other clothing passed on voice vote.

Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, who co-authored the bill, said the law banning "upskirting" was needed to protect people's rights and privacy. She said those who have been repeatedly arrested for such behaviour have faced light penalties and the bill would give law enforcement the tools it to prosecute such behavior.

An amendment by Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, to make the first offence a misdemeanor was shot down on voice vote. Kessler argued the change was needed because most who engage in upskirting are young people who could face problems for the rest of their lives if convicted of a felony for "immature" behavior.

Bill co-author Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, emphasized the damage the conduct causes victims and said 18 and 25 years old offenders would be covered under provisions that allow for expungement of certain criminal records.


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