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2015 Laws of Wisconsin

Below is a list of new laws passed and enacted in the 2015-16 legislative session.  Please click on Act numbers for text of the new law.  For more information, please contact Legislative Liaison Adam Plotkin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-264-8572.

2015 Wisconsin Act 4 - Long arm jurisdiction  


Passed as Assembly Bill 10, extends subject matter jurisdiction for petitioners from outside of Wisconsin for domestic violence related restraining orders and injunctions.

 
Act 4 is effective on April 10, 2015.



2015 Wisconsin Act 14 - Intimidation of a witness  


Passed as Assembly Bill 5, Act 4 revises the intimidation of a witness statute to reflect the Court of Appeals decision in State of Wisconsin V. Freer, 2010 WI App 9.   

Act 14 takes effect on April 9, 2015.





2015 Wisconsin Act 30 - Stolen Valor crime

Passed as Senate Bill 95, Act 30 creates a crime for making a false statement regarding military service or having received military honors.  It creates a Class A misdemeanor penalty for knowingly claiming military service to receive a tangible benefit. It creates a Class H felony penalty for claiming military service for the commission of any crime besides intending to receive a tangible benefit.

Act 30 takes effect on July 10, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 45 - Unlawful use of GPS

Passed as Assembly Bill 19, Act 45 creates a Class A misdemeanor penalty for the unlawful use of a global positioning device. With certain exceptions, anyone who places a GPS on a vehicle owned or leased without consent or intentionally obtains information from a GPS device regarding a vehicle's movement without consent can be charged with the crime.

Act 45 takes effect on July 10, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 64 - John Doe investigation changes


Passed as Senate Bill 43, makes changes to the time limits, secrecy orders and the scope of a s. 968.26 investigation also known as "John Doe".

 
Act 64 is effective on October 25, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 78 - Special circumstances battery for judges, prosecutors & law enforcement

Passed as Senate Bill 117, Act 78 extends the Class H felony for special circumstances battery to include current and former judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials as well as their families.  The act or threat to act still must have been in response to an act in the official's capacity.
 
Act 78 takes effect on Friday, November 13, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 80 - Upskirting

Passed as Assembly Bill 8, Act 80 creates a Class I felony penalty for taking pictures of a person's genitalia even if they are covered by undergarments.  The bill was colloquially known as the "upskirting" bill.  The bill adds the offense as being eligible for expunction.
 
Act 80 takes effect on Friday, November 13, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 81 - Lesser included homicide crimes

Passed as Assembly Bill 7, Act 81 codified the decision in State v. Patterson,2010 WI 130 regarding the charging of lesser-included offenses for criminal homicide.
 
Act 81 takes effect on Friday, November 13, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 101 - Placement of child

Passed as Assembly Bill 193, Act 101 adds "parent of a sibling of the child" to the list of possible placements if a child is removed from the custody of a parent.
 
Act 101 applies to temporary physical custody orders or child placements on or after Friday, November 13, 2015.




2015 Wisconsin Act 109 - Certain felon in possession mandatory minimums

Passed as Assembly Bill 220, Act 109 requires a 3 year mandatory minimum sentence for felon in possession of a firearm who is within 5 years of the end of the previous felony sentence and who is now convicted of an enumerated list of felonies or violent misdemeanors.
 
Act 109 takes effect on Friday, November 13, 2015.



2015 Wisconsin Act 121 - Certain felon in possession mandatory minimums

Passed as Senate Bill 170, Act 121 extends the statute of limitations to 10 years for second and third degree sexual assault.
 
Act 121 takes effect on Friday, December 18, 2015 and applies to any prosecution for which the current statute of limitations has not yet expired.