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Wisconsin Assembly to vote on a variety of bills Tuesday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Assembly will be in session Tuesday to vote on a wide array of bills.

Gunshot Sensor Expansion - The Milwaukee Police Depart will receive state monies to get more gunshot sensors in this bill is passed in the Assembly session. The Republican authored measure would give the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the shotspotter program. The Criminal Justice Committee approved the bill unanimously last week.

Agricultural Tourism Deaths - Under this bill farmers wouldn't be held liable financially for the death of a person who is participating in a agricultural tourism activity. The Republican sponsored bill will grant immunity if the tourist dies while participating in an activity that has an inherent risk and the landowner post a sign regarding that risk.

Injunction bill - This bill would allow attorneys to appeal temporary rulings that put Wisconsin laws on hold. Republicans introduced the bill after Dane County Judges struck down portions of Gov. Walkers' public union restrictions and invalidated the photo identification requirements for voters.

Strip Searches - The assembly is set to take up a bill that would expand strip searches to allowing jail guards to strip search inmates. Current law only allows for strip searches if the suspect has been arrested for certain crimes including a felony, battery, or a weapons violation charge. This bill would permit jail guards to strip search anyone who will be incarcerated with other inmates.

Election Bills - A pair of Republican backed elections bill is up for a vote in the Assembly today. The first  measure would specify that only a chief election inspector and an inspector from a different political party than the chief can secure ballot containers  on election day. The second measure would require an equal number of Republicans and Democratic inspectors to perform poll functions.

Medical Apologies - This bill would allow Doctors and other health care providers to say I'm sorry without the fear of that statement being used against them in court. This vote would make the statements of apology of condolence/sympathy inadmissible as evidence in civil court or in administrative hearings. It has wide support in the medical community, but opponents say the bill would make it difficult form people injured by medical malpractice to bring a successful lawsuit.

Police Death Bill - The Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would require almost all Wisconsin police departments to use outside agencies to investigate officer involved deaths. Larger departments such as Milwaukee and Madison currently investigate their own officers. However, the bill is intended to make sure officers aren't investigating their own friends. This measure requires that at least two outside investigators to prove officer involved deaths and submit a report to prosecutors .

 

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