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Legislative panel passes domestic abuse bill

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MADISON (AP) -- A legislative committee has unanimously approved a bill giving Wisconsin judges more power to keep domestic abuse suspects in check. 

The proposal introduced by Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) would add stalking, or threatening to stalk, to actions that qualify as domestic abuse. 

The bill also specifies that in cases where there is a change of judge, restraining orders issued by the previous judge will remain in effect until the new judge holds a hearing. 

Now, temporary restraining orders are lifted when a person requests a hearing from a new judge. 

The measure is part of a package of domestic violence legislation that also would clarify police officers' obligations in responding to domestic abuse calls and allow more evidence to be used in investigations. 

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