Walker’s GPS monitoring plan eliminated

Finance committee sets up grant program for counties instead
Walker’s GPS monitoring plan eliminated

The Legislature’s finance committee has erased a plan in Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget that would allow judges across the state to order GPS monitoring for people under restraining orders.

The budget calls for handing the state Justice Department $3 million over the next two fiscal years to run a local grant program to pay for the tracking. But Republicans on the finance committee Thursday weren’t comfortable with the idea, noting no other state has imposed GPS tracking as part of restraining orders.

Representative John Nygren, one of the committee’s co-chairs, proposed deleting the governor’s language and instead creating a grant program for counties to try the idea on their own and laying out $1.5 million more for domestic abuse shelters.

The committee approved Nygren’s plan 15-1.