With the latest bill addressing the removal of information from CCAP popping up this week, I thought it was worth reviewing a few of the other bills introduced in the past few months that sought to address the exact same problem, yet have gone nowhere.
These bills have had very little movement in the past few months, so it would be surprising to see any get passed before the current session ends in April. Combine that with the fact that Democrats are backing most of these, and it all but spells doom for these bills.
The bills introduced this session include:
AB253 and SB234 proses splitting the CCAP site into two: one where all the information stays, and one that doesn’t show information about criminal and certain civil cases where a defendant was acquitted. The bill got a public hearing in the Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary in September, though sponsor Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, said that day that he was going to heavily revamp the bill. He said he is working on a bill that addresses expungement proceedings, though it has yet to be introduced.
AB 520 would require court officials to remove information about a civil case from CCAP eight years after a judgment is paid in full. Nobody has taken any action on the bill since it was introduced in November.
AB524 and SB402, which deals with expunging criminal convictions if the defendants was the victim of human trafficking. The bill, put forth by Democrats, has stalled in the Republican-controlled judiciary committee, where it hasn’t been given a hearing.
I’ll be following the current proposal, which is being circulated by state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, and Rep. Mary Czaja, R-Irma. Maybe their bill, which is supported by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, will have better luck.