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Former DA basis behind public official harassment bill in Assembly

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is poised to give final approval to a bill that would allow crime victims to sue public officials who harass them.

The bill comes in response to former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz’s sordid story. Kratz resigned from his post in 2010 after The Associated Press reported he tried to spark an affair with a woman while he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse.

The Assembly passed the bill in October, but the Senate tweaked the language this week and sent it back. The Assembly must agree to the changes before the measure can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

The Assembly was scheduled to take up the bill during a floor session set to begin Thursday morning.

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