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UPDATE: WI committees approve domestic violence bills

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state's Committee on Criminal Justice has approved a bill that would allow more evidence to be used in domestic abuse cases.

The bill passed 7-1, with Representative Fred Kessler as the only representative to vote against the measure.

The proposal would allow prosecutors to use reports of a suspects' relevant misconduct over the previous 10 years in domestic violence cases. Judges don't always allow such evidence right now.

A Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Abuse representative testified in favor of the bill.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A bill that clarifies law enforcement's responsibilities in responding to domestic abuse calls was unanimously approved in a legislative committee Thursday.

Under the proposal, police officers would be required to document how they responded to domestic abuse calls, even in cases where no arrests are made. Officers would also have to file reports with their district attorney's office explaining why they believe there was no abuse.

Another bill that would allow more evidence to be used in domestic violence investigations is up for a vote Thursday in a different committee.

Tuesday, a legislative committee approved a measure that would give Wisconsin judges more power to keep domestic abuse suspects in check.

Reporter Danielle Lama will have the latest on these domestic violence bills tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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MADISON (WKOW) – Two state legislative panels are set to vote on a pair of measures aimed at strengthening Wisconsin's domestic violence laws on Thursday.

One proposal from Republican Rep. Andre Jacque would clarify that police officers must document their responses to abuse calls even if they don't end up arresting anyone.  Officers would have to file a report to the district attorney's office in order to explain in cases where they felt no abuse was shown.

The other proposal up for a vote, also sponsored by Jacque, would allow more evidence to be used in domestic abuse investigations. 

The vote comes after a legislative committee unanimously approved another of Jacques' bills Tuesday, which would give Wisconsin judges more power to keep domestic abuse suspects in check.

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