The Wisconsin State Senate votes Tuesday on issues ranging from drunken driving and human trafficking to heroin and egg sales.
Senate passes drunken driving bill
Drunken drivers who injure someone would have to spend at least 30 days in jail under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.
Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter argued that the Legislature didn't do enough this year to combat drunken driving this year and tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill to toughen the law.
Under current law, judges can sentence a drunken driver who injures someone from between 30 days and one year in jail. The bill passed Tuesday would require that the person be sentenced to at least 30 days behind bars.
The bill would also make clear that anyone convicted of drunken driving for a seventh, eighth or ninth time must spend at least three years in prison.
The measure now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.
Senate passes human trafficking bill
Wisconsin's human trafficking laws would be tightened under a bill that has passed the state Senate.
The measure passed on a voice vote Tuesday would also give victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.
The proposal would allow 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.
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 Assembly passed the bill last month and now it heads to Gov. Scott Walker.
Senate to consider domestic abuse reporting bill
The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a scaled back version of a bill that originally would have required police officers who respond to a domestic abuse call but don't arrest anyone to explain why.
The version approved Tuesday doesn't require that reporting. Instead, it would make the state Department of Administration maintain and provide a system that allows district attorneys to manage and share case-related information.
It would also require the state Department of Justice to make a list of domestic abuse services organizations available to law enforcement agencies.
The bill now heads back to the Assembly, which was scheduled to pass it Thursday.
The original bill was introduced in response to a mass shooting at a Brookfield spa in 2012.
Family members who help felons targeted
Relatives of felons who help them evade police could face steep fines and jail times under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.
Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings.
The bill passed Tuesday on a voice vote in the Senate would apply that prohibition to all those family members. If they aid the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.
The Assembly passed the bill in February on a voice vote. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.
Senate passes bill to ease egg sales at markets