Bipartisan bill strengthens child protections

MADISON – A bipartisan proposal to protect children from abuse and neglect passed the State Senate today. Senate Bill 325 strengthens criminal penalties for individuals found guilty of repeatedly abusing or neglecting a child. The proposal is based on similar legislation introduced in 2013 by Sen. Jennifer Shilling, Rep. Steve Doyle and Rep. Jill Billings as part of their Drug Endangered Child Protection Bill.

“This bill gives our local law enforcement officials, social workers and child advocates additional flexibility to intervene on behalf of children who have been abused or neglected,” said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “By updating and strengthening our neglect statutes, we can provide more clarity for law enforcement officials and improve the lives of Wisconsin children who are currently in danger as a result of chronic abuse or neglect.”

Senate Bill 325 now heads to the Assembly for approval before it can be signed into law.