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Looking up skirts could become a felony

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Looking up a woman’s skirt would be a felony under a Republican-sponsored bill that’s one of the first introduced this year in the Wisconsin Legislature.

An Assembly committee was scheduled to discuss the measure Thursday. It would increase the severity for the invasion of privacy to a Class I felony. The offense would become punishable by up to three years behind bars. The current penalty for invasion of privacy is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by no more than nine months in jail.

The additional penalty would affect anyone found viewing or filming a person’s buttocks, breasts, pubic area or genitalia without his or her consent.

The bill would have to pass both the Senate and Assembly, and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker, before becoming law.

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