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Assembly passes domestic violence bills (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a trio of bills that would strengthen the state’s domestic violence laws.

The proposals are all sponsored by Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, and come in the wake of a mass shooting by the estranged husband of a woman killed at a Brookfield spa last year. One would require officers to file reports with their district attorney’s office explaining their actions whenever they don’t make an arrest in response to a domestic violence call.

Another proposal would add stalking, or threatening to stalk, to actions that qualify as domestic abuse and as well as strengthen judge-issued temporary restraining orders. A third measure would expand the scope of evidence that can be used in prosecutions.

All measures passed Thursday on bipartisan votes.

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