We all want safer communities. Some want to achieve that by spending unlimited amounts of money on law enforcement, while others, myself included, would rather support violence prevention efforts by going after the root causes, holding bad officers accountable, and ensuring that our justice system no longer unfairly targets people of color. We didn't get to be the most heavily incarcerated nation on earth because we are inherently bad people. It was a series of deliberate policy choices that got us where we are today, and that's exactly what it's going to take to get us out of it.

SB 442

Relating to: violence prevention grants and making an appropriation


This bill uses revenues from excise taxes on vaping products to implement a statewide grant program to local governments, which they can then use to implement violence prevention programs using a public health approach. Every dollar we invest in prevention is worth multifold what we'd otherwise spend on law enforcement later on.

 

SB 477

Relating to: grants for law enforcement officers to use risk assessment tools prior to making an arrest and making an appropriation


Too many people are arrested when they could simply be questioned or perhaps cited and released. Once arrested, the consequences for the person involved, even if they are ultimately innocent of any crime, can linger for years. This bill would create a framework whereby local police forces could properly screen individuals for risk before making an arrest. 

 

SB 512

Relating to: law enforcement training on use-of-force options and making an appropriation


This bill mandates de-escalation training for law enforcement officers to prevent excessive use-of-force incidents before they happen. Doing so will not only save bodily harm and even death for people coming into contact with law enforcement, but will save local governments millions of dollars in excessive force settlements going forward.

 

SB 514

Relating to: prosecution decisions following deaths involving law enforcement officers


This bill would take the prosecution decision in officer-involved deaths out of the hands of the District Attorney and instead entrust it to a special prosecutor. Elected District Attorneys have incentives that don't always encourage prosecution of law enforcement officers, but a special prosecutor can help ensure sound decisions free of political calculation.

 

SB 541

Relating to: decertification of law enforcement, tribal law enforcement, jail, or juvenile detention officers


The difference between "may" and "must" when it comes to decertifying bad officers can sometimes be the difference between life and death for a community member they come in contact with. This bill indicates that when an officer is found to have committed a de-certifiable offense, they must then be decertified. The bill also adds two items to the list of eligible offenses, including closing the "quit" loophole which officers under investigation sometimes use to avoid being held accountable for their actions.

 

SB 714

Relating to: public access to records concerning the conduct of law enforcement officers


This bill would increase access to the conduct records of law enforcement officers to the general public. The goal here is two-fold. First, it gives the public access to information it might not otherwise be able to obtain regarding officer conduct. Second, it creates an incentive for officers to behave better, knowing that their disciplinary records may become public if they fail to uphold professional conduct standards.

 

SB 779

Relating to: privacy and security of customer information obtained by a broadband Internet access service provider and providing a penalty


This bill beefs up privacy protections for internet customers, which is sorely needed in today's market. Too often, customers who spend hundreds of dollars per year on internet service are being exploited for their data and not given fair opportunity to withhold consent for such use of their personal information. This would change that.

 

SB 788

Relating to: restricting a person's operating privilege to vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device


Wisconsin is notorious for having the loosest drunk driving laws in the nation. This bipartisan bill helps increase safety on our roads by requiring ignition interlock devices for a first offense OWI, regardless of how far over the legal limit the driver is.

 

SB 789

Relating to: ratification of the Driver License Compact


This bipartisan bill puts Wisconsin in line with all but 3 states by joining the Interstate Driver License Compact. This would improve safety on our roads by sharing data with other states, preventing drivers with suspended licenses in one state from obtaining driving permits in another state until the suspension is appropriately lifted. 

 

SB 809

Relating to: containers or trigger locks provided at a firearm sale and providing a penalty


This bill requires firearms dealers to provide a trigger lock or secure container for the firearm at the point of purchase. This will ensure all gun owners have the means to secure their weapon against accidental discharge, which kill hundreds of Americans each year.

 

SB 810

Relating to: a requirement to report lost or stolen firearms and providing a penalty


This bill is designed to cut down on the number of gun crimes committed by people who are not legally allowed to carry them, by requiring the gun’s legal owner to report it stolen or risk incurring liability when that gun is used in a crime.

 

AB 860

Relating to: storage of firearms in a retail facility when unattended


This bill institutes certain requirements for retailers to securely store firearms when unattended, in an effort to cut down on firearm theft and ultimately reduce gun violence.

 

SB 876

Relating to: storage of a firearm in a house in which a resident is prohibited from possessing a firearm and providing a penalty


This bill requires any legal gun owner who resides in a house with someone who is not legally allowed to possess a firearm store that weapon securely so that the other resident may not access it.

 

SB 903

Relating to: eliminating the preemption on local government regulation of firearms


Under current law, municipalities with high levels of gun violence are not allowed to set their own rules regulating firearms. This bill restores the ability of local governments to set firearm policy in the best interest of their residents.

 

SB 952

Relating to: grants for pretrial release monitoring and accountability programs and making an appropriation


Cash bail is a system that disadvantages low-income defendants while doing little to improve community safety. This bill would provide funding for local governments to offer pretrial release in a manner that is equitable while maintaining community safety as defendants await trial.

 

SB 977

Relating to: the privacy of consumer data, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty


This bill strengthens consumer protections by altering the way businesses collect and use their data, and increasing reporting requirements when businesses do these things.

 

SB 1003

Relating to: waiting period for purchase of handguns


This bill institutes a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases from dealers subject to federal background check requirements. As many gun crimes are impulsive on the part of the shooter, this waiting period is designed to allow them to calm down and reconsider their action before purchasing a gun.