• WisPolitics

2015-16 Legislature: Printable directory | Leadership rosters | New faces


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 3:14 PM 

Two courtroom protection bills pass Assembly

The Assembly concurred on SB 117 and passed AB 347, signing off on two bills that have only one difference in calling for expanded protections for court officers.

Current law makes it a felony for anyone to threaten or commit battery against judges or law enforcement officers working in their official capacities. The law extends that protection to the families of judges and officers and carries a maximum $10,000 fine and six years in prison.

SB 117, which the Assembly concurred on with a bipartisan 80-16 vote, would extend that legal protection to prosecutors and their families. Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, is the author of the Assembly companion bill. The legislation now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

Rep. Samantha Kerkman’s AB 347 is the same as Ott’s but further extends the protection to public defenders. The Assembly passed that bill 80-15.

Both Kerkman, R-Salem, and Ott are on the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, which passed both bills with only one vote against. Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, opposed both.

A debate between Ott and Rep. Evan Goyke that started when the bill was in committee continued on the floor. The Milwaukee Dem argued the bill will scoop up more people than the author wants, people who are on drugs or off medications who make idle threats that amount to felonies, prison time or plea deals.

"The justice system is not an adequate response to crisis," Goyke said.

But Ott said such threats also affect people, forcing them to look over their shoulders.

"Threats of that nature are made to exact an emotional toll," Ott said.

Read the vote on SB 117 here.

Read the vote on AB 347 here.




Comments: 0

Post a Comment

Back to Quorum Call main page

: See newer blog items : : See older blog items :

Quorum Call site feed
Advertisement
Advertisement

wispolitics.com Social News

Follow Us

ABOUT THE BLOG

WisPolitics coverage of news from the Wisconsin Legislature.

BLOG CONTRIBUTORS
Editor: JR Ross
Reporters: Chris Thompson, David Wise

LINKS
· Quorum Call site feed
· Quorum Call on Twitter

LEGISLATIVE LINKS

SESSION INFO
· InSession: Senate | Assembly
· Audio/video coverage
· Session calendar

SEARCH
· Bill database
· Lobbying information
· Notification service

LEGISLATORS
· Download a printable directory
· Leadership rosters
· New faces in 2013
· Find your legislator
· Senate home pages
· Assembly home pages

ARCHIVE

· December 2009
· January 2010
· February 2010
· March 2010
· April 2010
· December 2010
· January 2011
· February 2011
· April 2011
· May 2011
· June 2011
· July 2011
· August 2011
· September 2011
· October 2011
· November 2011
· January 2012
· February 2012
· March 2012
· July 2012
· November 2012
· December 2012
· January 2013
· February 2013
· March 2013
· April 2013
· May 2013
· June 2013
· September 2013
· October 2013
· November 2013
· December 2013
· January 2014
· February 2014
· March 2014
· April 2014
· June 2014
· November 2014
· December 2014
· January 2015
· February 2015
· March 2015
· April 2015
· May 2015
· June 2015
· July 2015
· September 2015
· October 2015
· November 2015
· January 2016
· February 2016
· March 2016
· November 2016
· December 2016
· January 2017
· February 2017
Copyright ©2012 WisPolitics.com All rights reserved. | WisOpinion.com | WisBusiness.com  |  Website development by wisnet.com LLC  | Website design by Makin’ Hey Communications