NEW INFORMATION: WI Senate passes bill targeting family members who help felons

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- UPDATE: Relatives of felons who help them evade police could face steep fines and jail times under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings.

The bill passed Tuesday on a voice vote in the Senate would apply that prohibition to all those family members. If they aid the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.

The Assembly passed the bill in February on a voice vote. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Relatives of felons who help them evade police could face steep fines and jail times under a bill slated to be passed by the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings.

The bill up for a vote Tuesday would apply that prohibition to all those family members. If they aid the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.

The Assembly passed the bill in February on a voice vote. Once it clears the Senate it will go to Gov. Scott Walker.


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