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Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Assembly passes bills on harassment, GPS devices, raffles

The Assembly today signed off on legislation ensuring state courts can issue restraining orders on those outside of Wisconsin in cases of domestic abuse or harassment, along with bills that would make it a misdemeanor to secretly put a GPS device on someone’s car and change state law on raffles.

AB 10, which passed via voice vote, would give the courts new powers in harassment cases where the abuse happens outside Wisconsin. The proposal would kick in under certain conditions, including when an act or threat that occurred outside the state is part of an ongoing pattern.

The other bills approved today include:

*AB 11, which would eliminate the newspaper recycling fee and minimum percentage of recycled content in newsprint. Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, feared it was a step away from Wisconsin’s recycling efforts. But Rep. Mary Czaja, R-Irma, said it was only about taking an ineffective requirement off the books. Bill supporters say the fee only applies to Wisconsin-based publishers, meaning companies like Gannett don't pay it, and has not been enforced for some time by the DNR because of difficulties in getting recycled newsprint. It passed via voice vote.

*AB 14, which would tweak state law on raffles. It passed via voice vote. See an outline of the changes from the office of state Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, the bill’s main sponsor.

*AB 16, which would require DOJ to design a poster displaying information regarding the national human trafficking resource center hotline. It passed on a voice vote.

*AB 17, which would tweak the requirements to renew a valid certificate of food protection practices, which is required to run a restaurant, for those employing five or fewer food handlers. It passed on a voice vote.

*AB 19, which would create a misdemeanor for secretly placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle. It passed via voice vote.


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