WPPA Lauds Signing of Public Safety Legislation

WPPA LAUDS SIGNING OF PUBLIC SAFETY LEGISLATION

On April 6, 2006, Governor Doyle signed several public safety bills into law.  Among the WPPA-backed initiatives was Assembly Bill 708, which will increase the maximum prison sentence for repeat sex offenders to life imprisonment without parole.  Also signed into law was Assembly Bill 291, which will allow a property owner to evict a tenant if a state law enforcement agency notifies the owner that a rental unit is being used for drug and gang-related activities.  Assembly Bill 291 expands the types of law enforcement agencies that may notify a property owner, and provides immunity to those additional entities, as well as their officers and employees.

Among those on hand to participate in the April 6 signing ceremony were State Representative Mark Pettis (R-Hertel), WPPA members Kathy Dorn, Linda Kohlmeyer, WPPA president David Mahoney, and State Senator Carol Roessler (R-Oshkosh). WPPA Assistant Executive Director Jim Palmer, WPPA President David Mahoney, and State Representative Steve Wieckert (R-Appleton) watch as Governor Jim Doyle signs Assembly Bill 708 into law.  Rep. Wieckert introduced both Assembly Bill 708 and Assembly Bill 291.
Jim Palmer, David Mahoney, State Representative Steve Wieckert, along with WPPA members Kathy Dorn and Linda Kohlmeyer.

Also signed today were the following:

Senate Bill 569 will expand the DNA data bank, helping law enforcement conduct criminal investigations.  The bill forces any criminal convicted of fourth-degree sexual assault, exposing oneself to a child, or forcing a child to expose him or herself to provide a DNA sample to crime labs for analysis.

Senate Bill 341, which gives victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking the ability to maintain confidential voter registration.

Senate Bill 349, which broadens protection of children in non-school activities by prohibiting people over the age of 21 years who work or volunteer with children from having sexual relations with any of them.

Assembly Bill 47, which removes time limits for prosecution on charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child.  The bill also says that in any situation where the state collects DNA evidence, the prosecution may begin after analysis of DNA evidence.

Assembly Bill 444, which expands the definition of sexual contact to bring consistency to sex offender laws.

Assembly Bill 511, which improves protection for children placed in foster homes and group facilities from sexual abuse.  The bill creates a new class of second-degree sexual assault, which is a Class C felony.

Assembly Bill 636, which makes it easier to obtain restraining orders by broadening the definition of harassment, extending the deadline, and removing filing fees for child abuse and vulnerable adult injunctions.

Assembly Bill 727, which allows more time for the prosecution and defense to gather important evidence in a criminal case – leading to fairer resolutions in criminal cases.

Assembly Bill 728, which establishes greater protection for witnesses and victims – increasing the likelihood that a witness or victim will testify in court – by adding another circumstance under which witness intimidation could quality as a Class G felony.

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