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Senate approves GPS monitoring expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has signed off on a bill that would allow judges to order GPS monitoring for people who violate restraining orders.

The bill passed the Senate in February but the Assembly made revised some of the bill’s language and kicked it back. The Senate agreed with the changes on a voice vote, sending the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker. The governor’s spokesman says Walker will evaluate the bill when it reaches his desk.

The measure calls for the state Department of Corrections to use GPS monitoring to track violators’ movements and call police if they enter areas they must avoid under their restraining orders. Anyone on monitoring would have to pay a $200 surcharge to cover tracking costs.

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