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Legislative panel passes domestic abuse bill

MADISON, Wis. (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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