Governor signs sex offender notification bill

The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo).
The dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol (file photo).

MADISON (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires the state Department of Corrections to notify local police when sex offenders move into their jurisdictions.

The bipartisan measure requires DOC to notify the local police chief and the sheriff if the move-in offender has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease of a sex offense two or more times. DOC can choose to notify the local police if the move-in offender has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease only once. The provisions mirror current notification laws for in-state offenders.

Walker signed the bill privately at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

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