NEW INFORMATION: Wis. Assembly passes family felon bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bad guy's family could wind up behind bars if they help him hide out from the law under a bill the Wisconsin Assembly has passed.

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

The Republican bill 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 bill passed the Assembly's criminal justice committee on a 7-3 vote earlier this month. The full chamber approved it Thursday on a voice vote. It goes next to the state Senate.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to take up a bill that would make a felon's family members liable if they help him or her.

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

The Republican measure 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 bill passed the Assembly's criminal justice committee on a 7-3 vote earlier this month. The full chamber is expected to vote on it Thursday.


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