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Wisconsin Lawmaker Proposes Added Penalties For Harassing Lawmakers

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 7:07 am

A Wisconsin lawmaker is trying to deter people from intimidating or harming members of the Legislature and their families.

Under the legislation introduced by Rep. Garey Bies, a Republican from Sister Bay, acts such as striking, shoving, or kicking a lawmaker or a family member with no legitimate reason would face harsher penalties.

Harming a public official is already illegal in Wisconsin. Bies’ proposal would cover a broader span of acts considered threats.

The AP reports that lawmakers who have been victimized support the proposal. Some civil rights groups say it’s redundant and could eventually infringe on freedom of speech.

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