Senate passes domestic abuse reporting bill

Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo)

MADISON (AP) – 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.

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