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CCAP bill up for public hearing Thursday

A bill that seeks to remove case information about a person who was acquitted from the state’s online courts system will get a public hearing Thursday.

The bill, sponsored in the Assembly by state Rep. Mary Czaja, R-Irma, will be heard at 11 a.m. by the Committee on Corrections.

If passed, the bill would require the state courts’ office to remove information about felony cases from the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website within 120 days of being notified that charges were dismissed or that a defendant was found not guilty.

The same would go for civil forfeiture cases, though there would be a 90-day timetable.

The Senate version of the bill is sponsored by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend. It was referred to its judiciary committee, which Grothman chairs.

The bills have bipartisan support but are expected to draw opposition. The Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Rental Housing Legislative Council have already registered against the measure.

Several other measures that tried to do the same thing have been unsuccessful in this and past legislative sessions.

The WCCA website is commonly referred to as CCAP — Consolidated Court Automation Programs – a statewide, computer case management system for the circuit courts. CCAP operates the WCCA system as its public access component. It gets between 3 million and 5 million page views a day.

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