The WPPA’s Inquest Bill to Get a Vote in the WIsconsin State Assembly

With the leadership of Assembly Speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo) and Assembly Majority Leader Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem), the Assembly Rules Committee has voted to give the WPPA’s inquest bill a vote on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday, December 6.  Senate Bill 132 would require public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees if an inquest finds no wrongdoing for actions taken in the line of duty.  Introduced by State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon), SB 132 would protect public safety employees from having to second-guess their actions out of fear that a potential inquest could lead to financial ruin.

The WPPA has sought this bill for many years, and the fact that we will get a floor vote on this bill is an outstanding development.  This bill was unanimously approved by committees in both the Assembly and Senate earlier this year, and the whole Senate unanimously approved the measure on November 1.   If approved in the Assembly, the bill will be sent to Governor Jim Doyle for his signature or veto.


In order to get this bill through the Assembly, WPPA members will need to take a minute and call their lawmakers in the State Assembly and urge them to support SB 132.

If WE do not call OUR elected officials
in the State Assembly in significant numbers,
this bill may not pass.

The easiest way to contact a legislator is through the legislative hotline.  For WPPA members in the Madison area, the legislative hotline number is 266-9960.  For WPPA members outside of the Madison area, the hotline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-362-9472.  WPPA members will talk to an operator, who will simply take a message and forward it to the appropriate office.  If members are not sure which district they live in, the legislative hotline operators can help them.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact WPPA Assistant Executive Director Jim Palmer at 1-800-362-8838.


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