Walker signs 62 bills into law

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Banning revenge porn, restricting drone use and allowing doctors to say "I'm sorry" without fear of legal liability are among 62 bills Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law.

Walker signed the bills privately on Tuesday.

The Legislature completed its work for the year last week, leaving Walker with dozens of bills to either sign or veto. He did not announce any vetoes Tuesday.

One measure creates a new crime for disseminating sexually explicit images without the consent of the person depicted, also known as revenge porn.

Another restricts the use of unmanned drones in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

A third allows doctors and other health care providers to apologize to patients without worrying about whether the statements could be used against them in court.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would allow doctors and other health care providers to apologize to patients without worrying about whether the statements could be used against them in court.

Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir announced the bill signing on Tuesday. Walker signed the bill, and a host of other measures, in private.

The new law, pushed by Republicans, makes apologies, condolences or expressions of sympathy inadmissible in civil proceedings and in administrative hearings concerning the health care provider's actions.

Supporters, including Vukmir, argue the new law will encourage open communication between doctors and patients. Opponents, including trial attorneys, say the change will make it harder for patients to bring successful malpractice lawsuits.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of legislators says Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that would restrict the use of unmanned drones in Wisconsin.

The bipartisan measure outlaws deploying a drone capable of making video or audio recordings in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. It also requires police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence except in emergency situations. It also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

Two Democratic and two Republican bill sponsors issued a statement Tuesday saying Walker had signed the bill into law earlier in the day. A Walker spokeswoman didn't immediately return telephone and email messages.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that will create steep fines and prison time for a felon's relatives if they help him or her evade police.

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, grandchild and siblings.

The bill extends that prohibition to all those family members. If they help 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.

Both the Assembly and Senate passed the bill on voice votes earlier this spring. Walker signed the measure in a private ceremony Tuesday.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bipartisan measure that prohibits bosses from asking workers or job applicants for access to their social media accounts.

Walker signed the bill privately on Tuesday.

The push to pass such laws is gaining momentum nationally as employers ask for workers' user names and passwords for their personal accounts. Some employers say they need such access to protect proprietary information or trade secrets. Others contend it's an invasion of privacy.

The measure found broad bipartisan support in the Wisconsin Legislature.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that requires drunken drivers who injure someone to spend at least 30 days in jail.

Under current law, judges can sentence a drunken driver who injures someone from between 30 days and one year in jail. The bill Walker signed Tuesday would clarify the law to require that the person be sentenced to at least 30 days behind bars.

The new law also makes clear that anyone convicted of drunken driving for a seventh, eighth or ninth time must spend at least three years in prison.

The measure was one of the few the Legislature passed this year related to drunken driving, leading to criticisms that lawmakers didn't do enough to address the problem.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that allows maximum contributions to a state college savings plan to increase based on inflation.

The bill Walker signed Tuesday also allows more people to contribute to the program.

The EdVest program currently allows parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles to make tax-deductible contributions to accounts to cover a child's college costs. The new law allows anyone, not just family members, to contribute to an account.

The new law also ties the current tax deduction for making a qualifying investment to the rate of inflation. Under previous law, qualifying contributions are eligible for a tax deduction up to $3,000 a year.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Schools will no longer have to teach at least 180 days a year under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law.

The bill Walker signed Tuesday would allow schools to extend the length of their days to meet the required minimum number of hours schools must be teaching students every year.

But there would no longer be a requirement for schools to be open at least 180 days a year.

That would give schools flexibility to stay for longer hours, but for fewer days.

Rural schools support the change as a way of saving money by being open fewer days and avoiding higher transportation costs and other expenses.


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