The WPPA’s Inquest Bill Heads to Governor Doyle


The bill must be approved by Gov. Doyle to become law

On Tuesday, December 6, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the WPPA’s inquest bill on a voice vote. Senate Bill 132 would require public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees when they are exonerated by inquests into their actions taken in the line of duty. Introduced by State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon), SB 132 will protect public safety employees from having to second-guess their actions out of fear that a potential inquest could lead to financial ruin.

The inquest bill’s passage on the floor of the Assembly followed unanimous demonstrations of support at each and every stage of the legislative process. This legislation was approved by the Assembly Urban and Local Affairs Committee on September 6, the Senate Judiciary, Corrections, and Privacy Committee on September 13, and by the full Senate on November 1. The WPPA has sought this bill for many years, and the fact that the measure has won the approval of both houses of the state legislature is an outstanding development. The WPPA has been the only group actively supporting this legislation.

The WPPA thanks the members of the state legislature, as well as WPPA members who took the time to let their elected officials know how important this bill is to our membership. The bill must now be approved by Governor Jim Doyle before it can become law.

Call Governor Jim Doyle today at 608-266-1212
and ask him to sign Senate Bill 132 into law.

If our members take a moment and call Governor Doyle’s office, it WILL make a difference. Please look for future updates on this issue as developments arise. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact WPPA Assistant Executive Director Jim Palmer at 1-800-362-8838.


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