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2015-16 Legislative Session

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Senate Bill

Assembly Bill

Act

Description

Date Added

 SJR 2

AJR 1

 

 Election of Chief Justice (second consideration of constitutional amendment)

1/7/15 

 

AB 5 

14 

 Changes s. 940.44(2), intimidation of a witness, to conform with State of Wisconsin v. Freer, 2010 WI App 9

1/7/15 

 

AB 7 

 81

Changes s. 939.66(2), lesser included homicide crimes, to conform with State of Wisconsin v. Patterson, 2010 WI 130 

1/7/15 

SB 4 

AB 8

 80

"Upskirting" - Creates an additional element and Class I felony penalty for invading an individual's privacy by viewing under or through clothing 

1/7/15 

SB 9

 AB 10

4 

Personal jurisdiction for domestic and child abuse and harassment injunctions and restraining orders

1/23/15

 

AB 13

 

Process to allow the return of a seized firearm to its owner

1/28/15

 SB 22

AB 19

 45

Creates a new crime for using a GPS device to track a person without their knowledge

1/29/15

SB 21

AB 21

 

2015-2017 Biennial Budget

2/3/15

 

AB 29

 

Limits the authority of a law enforcement officer to arrest someone for sleeping or camping in a county park

2/10/15

SB 29

AB 43 

 

Obtaining a search warrant for certain civil violations (Post-McNeely blood draw)

2/11/15

SB 36

AB 34 

 

Allows DOC to approve international travel for a person on community supervision

2/13/15

 

AB 50

 

Allows court access to ignition interlock device reports and to waive the waiting period to obtain an occupational license for a person participating in a treatment court (Legislative Council bill)

2/17/15

 

AB 51

 

Creating a family treatment court and grant appropriation in DCF (Legislative Council bill)

2/17/15

 

AB 52

 

Codifying the state Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and various changes to the treatment alternatives and diversions grant funding program (Legislative Council bill)

2/17/15

SB 366 

AB 53

 

Expands current definition of "threatening to communicate derogatory information" to include the transmission of electronic media

2/17/15

SB 43

AB 68 

64 

Changes to John Doe proceedings

2/19/15

SB 82

AB 90

 

Criminal Procedure Code re-write (Judicial Council bill)

3/12/15

SB 46

AB 94

 

Creates crimes and felony penalties for intoxicated co-sleeping with an infant

3/12/15

SB 75

AB 127 

 

Prohibiting a felon from owning a vicious dog

3/13/15

SB 95

AB 114

 30

Creates a new crime and Class A misdemeanor penalty for falsely claiming military service or honors

3/26/15

 

AB 128

 

Reclassifies, repeals, or modifies obsolete misdemeanor crimes (Legislative Council bill)

3/27/15

SB 102

AB 142

 

Changes to the definition of assisted opening knife (switchblade)

3/27/15

SB 117

AB 147

 78

Creates a Class H felony penalty for intentionally causing or threatening bodily harm to a judge, a prosecutor, law enforcement or their families

4/1/15

SB 414 

AB 180

 

Allows post-traumatic stress disorder to be consider as a mitigating factor during the sentencing of a military veteran 

4/22/15

 

AB 201

 

Creates new statute to say that a prosecutor does not need to allege or prove that a motorist who fails to investigate a collision knew they collided with a person or vehicle

5/5/15

SB 133 

AB 202

 

Reclassifies the penalty for hiding or burying a corpse from a Class G to a Class F felony

5/5/15

SB 159

AB 247 

 

Creates a misdemeanor penalty for selling a firearm without using a federally licensed firearms dealer.  Contains some exceptions for personal transfer

5/14/15

 SB 199

AB 220

109 

Creates mandatory minimum penalties for being a felon in possession of a firearm or using a firearm while committing one of a newly defined list of "violent crimes"

5/18/15

 

AB 224

 

Legalizes marijuana possession and provides regulation for growing marijuana growing and sales

5/19/15

SB 167

AB 246

 

Legalizes possession and manufacture of up to 25 grams of marijuana

5/27/15

SB 170

AB 252

 121

Increases the statute of limitations for 2nd and 3rd degree sexual assault from 6 years to 10 years

6/4/15

SB 184

AB 258

 

Requires the removal of certain criminal record information to be removed from private internet sites without a fee

6/5/15

SB 181

AB 259

 

Extends the period of detention for competency determinations to the minimum term of incarceration for serious felony and sexual assault offenses

6/5/15

SB 172

AB 260

 

Requires racial impact statements for bills that create new crimes or criminal penalties

6/5/15

 SB 222

AB 266

 

Creates an Ignition Interlock Restricted License and makes changes to driving restrictions with an ignition interlock device

6/18/15

SB 200

 AB 267

 

Prohibits the prosecution of someone under 18 for prostitution

6/18/15

SB 197

AB 273

 

Creates a crime and Class I felony penalty for making a false threat to injure or kill another person in a school zone

6/24/15

SB 199

AB 274

 

Limits possession of a firearm for 10 years if either the person has been convicted of 3 or more misdemeanors within 5 years or the person was convicted of a violent misdemeanor

6/29/15

 

AB 275

 

Increases the rate of compensation for private bar appointments from the SPD to $85 per hour

6/29/15

SB 204

 

 

Extends the definition of "special circumstances battery" to include a court employee, county health or social services worker, a tribal child welfare agent, a Dept. of Children & Families employee, or someone providing child welfare or juvenile justice worker

6/26/15

SB 202

AB 282

 

Allows direct appeal to DCF of a denial of kinship care based on arrest or conviction record 

6/26/15

SB 204

AB 284

 

Adds child welfare workers and juvenile justice workers to the definition of special circumstances battery

7/8/15

 

AB 290

 

Sets statewide residency requirements for certain classes of sex offenders and preempts municipal restrictions

7/29/15

SB 221

AB 228

 

Clarifies the definition of tetrahydrocannabinols as relates to cannabidiol

7/31/15

 

AB 302

 

Penalty enhancer for committing certain crimes at a gas station while armed

8/6/15

 

AB 309

 

Limits the total number of annual non-criminal revocations of extended supervisions and parole to 3000 per year

8/12/15

SB 248

AB 340

 

Removes the 12 hour waiting period before a strip search can be conducted (see 2013 Wisconsin Act 317)

9/14/15

SB 256

AB 341

 

Creates a felony penalty for making a terrorist threat

9/14/15

 

AB 347

 

Creates a special circumstances battery category for current and former judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers as well as current public defenders (including private bar appointments)

9/24/15

 

AB 353

 

Mandatory minimum penalties for various OWI offenses involving causing bodily harm

9/25/15

SB 544 

AB 357

 

Expands existing felony crime of expelling a bodily substance so that it would apply to a prosecutor

9/25/15

 

AB 363

 

Creates a Class C misdemeanor penalty for first offense OWI and removes the 10 year look back for second offense OWI

9/25/15

 

AB 375

 

Guarantees the right to a trial by jury for a juvenile recommended for placement in the Serious Juvenile Offender Program

10/8/15

SB 280

AB 378

 

Raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 for first-time, nonviolent offenders

10/8/15

SB 296

AB 381

 

Requires written policies and reporting on law enforcement's use of no-knock search warrants

10/8/15

SB 299

AB 395

 

Allows for a lethal violence temporary restraining order to remove the firearms from a person found substantially likely to injure themselves.  Creates a felony penalty for not surrendering the firearm

10/13/15

SB 303

AB 403

 

Creates a penalty enhancer for crimes related to gang activity

10/13/15

SB 325

AB 428

 

Part of the "Justice for Children" package - Allows charging of a felony penalty for at least three violations of physical abuse of a child

 10/21/15

SB 326

AB 429

 

Part of the "Justice for Children" package - Requires referral of cases of suspected child abuse to law enforcement agencies

10/21/15

SB 323

AB 430

 

Part of the "Justice for Children" package - Expands the location/events at which a victim may be accompanied by an advocate

10/21/15

SB 324

AB 431

 

Part of the "Justice for Children" package - Expands the definition and penalty structure for the crime of child neglect

10/21/15

SB 335

AB 432

 

Requires DOT to permanently revoke for at least 10 years the operating privileges of someone with 5 or more OWI convictions

10/21/15

SB 317

AB 440

 

Regarding child support withholding orders but includes a provisions allowing the domestic violence and GPS surcharge to be added to a deferred prosecution agreement in domestic violence cases

10/22/15

 

AB 444

 

Eliminates the look back on OWI 2nd & 4th

10/22/15

 

AB 445

 

Mandatory minimum period of 18 months incarceration for OWI 5th & 6th

10/22/15

 

AB 446

 

Mandatory minimum period of 7 years incarceration for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle

10/22/15

 

AB 447

 

Increases the penalties for OWI 3rd-9th and removes the look back on OWI 4th

10/22/15

SB 322

AB 460

 

Increases the benefits available for a wrongful conviction.  Authorizes SPD to provide representation before the Claims Board

10/29/15

SB 365

 AB 485

 

Creates a Class I felony penalty for carrying a dangerous weapon at a college or university

10/29/15

 SB 473

AB 496

 

Creates a Class B misdemeanor for electronic bullying

11/10/15

SB 409 

AB 497

 

Restricts placement of Ch. 980 supervised release individuals to not within 1500 feet of certain locations

11/10/15

SB 377

   

Provides victim of a crime notification when an offender's extended supervision or parole is revoked

11/12/15

SB 380

AB 503

 

Adds circuit court branches in Calumet, Wood, Marathon, Dunn, Polk, Jackson, and Vilas counties

11/13/15

 SB 410

AB 521

 

Expands the definition and application of felony penalties for recording nude and partially nude people

11/13/15

SB 389

AB 522

 

Imposes additional $3 per month supervision fee

11/13/15

 

AB 528

 

Creates a voluntary TPR by affidavit process

11/18/15

 SB 401

AB 533

 

Increases the penalties based on value of unemployment benefits obtained fraudulently

11/18/15

SB 455

AB 536

 

Removes the look back on OWI 4th and increases the penalties for OWI 5th and above

11/24/15

SB 521

AB 537

 

Changes civil asset forfeiture so that property can only be seized upon conviction

11/24/15

SB 457

AB 547

 

Creates a felony penalty for damaging property owned by an energy provider with intent to disrupt service

11/24/15

 

AB 557

 

Adds a heroin metabolite to the definition of a restricted controlled substance

12/1/15

SB 428

 

 

Creates a Class I felony penalty for carrying a weapon on a bus

12/3/15

SB 452

AB 566

 

Expands the definition of the locker room nude images crime to create felony penalties when the victim is under 18

12/4/15

 

AB 585

 

Creates objective standards for the disqualification of a judge or justice

12/10/15

 

AB 586

 

Allows for the disqualification of a judge or justice

12/10/15

 SB 462

AB 604

 

Reduces the amount of time a license can be suspended for failure to pay from two years to one

12/22/15

SB 482

AB 614

 

Creates a process to apply for a certificate lifting some collateral consequences of conviction

12/23/15

SB 398

AB 621

 

Requires the automatic expungement of DNA if a person is not adjudicated guilty

12/29/15

SB 484

 

 

Requires installation of an ignition interlock device upon conviction for any drunken driving offense

12/29/15

 

AB 630

 

Narrows the parental exception for capturing and distributing a representation of a nude child

1/5/16

 

AB 657

 

Provides an additional $2 million in Treatment Alternatives and Diversions funding

1/7/16

SB 499

AB 658

 

Creates a misdemeanor penalty for using, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing a drug masking agent

1/7/16

SB 546

AB 666

 

Creates a new surcharge and grants administrative subpoena power to DOJ to investigate internet crimes against children

1/11/16

SB 497

AB 671

 

Creates a penalty enhancer for use of a drone to commit a crime

1/11/16

SB 618

AB 737

 

Expands the definition of the crime of human trafficking and adds child sex trafficking to the definition of abuse for CHIPS

1/15/16

SB 639

 

 

Creates a legislative committee with oversight of law enforcement and subpoena powers

1/22/16

 

AB 789

 

Creates continuing legal education requirements for attorneys dealing with elder law-related issues

1/22/16

 

AB 801

 

Restricts ability to substitute a judge in a criminal matter by requiring a reason for the requested substitution

1/25/16