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Governor signs 55 bills into law Wednesday

Walker also held ceremonial signing of 2 Assembly bills

MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker signed 55 bills into law Wednesday, and also held a ceremonial signing of two Assembly bills.

Governor signs sex offender registration bill

Walker signed a bill that requires the state Department of Corrections to notify local police when sex offenders move into their jurisdictions.

The bipartisan measure requires DOC to notify the local police chief and the sheriff if the move-in offender has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease of a sex offense two or more times. DOC can choose to notify the local police if the move-in offender has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease only once. The provisions mirror current notification laws for in-state offenders.

Walker signed the bill privately at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Wisconsin increases disability parking fines

It will soon be three times more costly for drivers to park illegally in a disability parking spot in Wisconsin.

Walker signed a bill Wednesday increasing those fines starting Friday.

The new law will increase minimum fines from $50 to $150. The current maximum penalty of $300 won't change.

The law also creates a fine for building owners to not provide enough disability parking spaces on site. Building owners or occupants with at least 26 parking spaces must reserve disabled parking spaces or pay between $150 and $300.

Walker OKs bill setting age for wedding officials

Walker signed a bill that bars anyone under 18 from officiating at a Wisconsin wedding.

The bill's opponents say the minimum age requirement could prevent young family members from officiating at weddings in some cases, but both the Assembly and Senate passed the measure on voice votes earlier this year. Walker signed the bill privately Tuesday.

The bipartisan bill also makes it easier for people from outside Wisconsin to officiate, removing a requirement that out-of-state officials obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

The governor signed the bill privately at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Governor signs human trafficking bill

Walker has signed a bill that tightens Wisconsin's human trafficking laws and gives victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.

Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using schemes to control an individual to the definition.

The measure allows trafficking victims to ask a judge to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions. The judge could grant the request if he or she gives the prosecutor a chance to respond and determines society won't be harmed.

Walker signed the bill privately on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Walker signs bill prohibiting cellphone tracking

Wisconsin police could not track cellphone locations without a warrant under a bill Walker signed into law.

The measure Walker signed Wednesday passed the Legislature in February with no opposition.

Under the new law, police would have to present details about their investigation when seeking a warrant to track a cellphone. That includes the phone's owners or whoever is possessing it, the subject of the investigation, a statement of the crime and a statement of probable cause about how tracking the cellphone is related to criminal activity.

Walker OKs expanding doctor notification law

A Wisconsin state law covering information doctors are required to tell patients will be expanded under a bill Walker signed into law.

The Legislature last year changed the law to no longer require doctors to give patients as much information about available alternative treatments.

The bill Walker signed Wednesday would expand the "informed consent" law to apply to chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists and optometrists.

The change was made in reaction to a 2012 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that said a doctor's "informed consent" duty includes telling a patient about medical tests and treatments that may be appropriate for a patient's symptoms, even if the doctor doesn't believe the patient has the underlying condition or disease.

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