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Joel Kleefisch

Aug 31, 2016

Lawmaker wants to ban synthetic heroin

A Wisconsin legislator says he plans to introduce a bill outlawing a new synthetic drug.

Sep 11, 2015

Lawmaker wants to end local governments’ ability make own sex offender laws

A Wisconsin lawmaker has proposed a change in state law that would end the ability of the state's municipalities to set their own local rules on sex offender residency.

Sep 4, 2015

Republicans tweak fetal tissue bill to allow some research (UPDATE)

Republicans working on a bill that would prohibit research using tissue from aborted fetuses announced Friday they've amended the measure to allow some scientific work.

Sep 1, 2015

Senate committee debates mandatory minimums for gun-toting felons

A state Senate committee encountered unexpected heated discussion Tuesday over a bill that would create a mandatory minimum sentence for repeat offenders caught with a gun.

Jun 11, 2014

AG candidate: Lawmakers, donors working together expected (UPDATE)

A Republican prosecutor running for attorney general opted not to investigate whether a legislator improperly collaborated with a campaign donor on a bill, saying the liberal attack group that demanded the probe never produced any evidence of wrongdoing.

Feb 6, 2014

Debate continues over attempt to limit CCAP

Supporters of a bill that would remove case information from the state courts’ online records system said Thursday that the harm it would undo far outweighs the loss of the public’s ability to easily obtain court records.

Jan 15, 2014

FAMILY LAW: Leave child support legislation alone

So-called "constituent bills" are rather common in the family law field. They are introduced by legislators who want campaign contributions and don't like to say "no" to anyone who gives them.

Jan 14, 2014

Legislator pulls back child support bill (UPDATE)

Assembly Republicans on Tuesday canceled a hearing on a bill that would reduce child support payments for wealthy parents when its chief sponsor pulled it back after a newspaper revealed a campaign donor essentially wrote the measure.

Oct 11, 2013

Police risk lawsuit for enforcing laws

Dean Collins, Brookfield’s assistant chief of police, will not enforce a number of state statutes. It’s not that he doesn’t want to, he said, but legally, he can’t.

Oct 17, 2011

Bill would make all prenuptial agreements binding

A bill that would make prenuptial agreements ironclad is drawing a fight from judges and family law attorneys who argue fairness would go out the window with flexibility.

Oct 13, 2011

Bill would make prenups binding in all cases

Legislators are considering a bill that would make prenuptial agreements iron clad in Wisconsin.

Aug 2, 2011

Bill would reduce threshold for felony theft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would lower the threshold for felony retail theft. Under current state law, anyone who steals merchandise worth more than $1,500 would be guilty of a felony. Rep. Joel Kleefisch’s bill would reduce that cutoff to $500. The measure also would require anybody selling […]


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