NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin committee OKs GPS tracking ban

By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email
By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee has approved a Republican bill that would outlaw secretly placing GPS devices on people's vehicles.

Under the bill, anyone who secretly places a GPS device on another person's vehicle or obtains information about a person's movement using a GPS device would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.

The Assembly's criminal justice committee held a public hearing on the bill Thursday. The bill's author, Rep. Adam Neylon, was the only person who spoke. He said secret GPS tracking amounts to an invasion of privacy.

The committee approved the measure unanimously after the hearing. The vote clears the way for a full vote in the Assembly. Time is running out, though. The legislative session wraps up next month.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is set to vote on a Republican bill that would outlaw secretly placing GPS devices on other people's vehicles.

Under the bill, anyone who secretly places a GPS device on another person's vehicle or obtains information about a person's movement using information from a GPS device would be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.

The Assembly's criminal justice committee is set to hold a public hearing on the bill Thursday and take a vote on it. Approval would clear the way for a full vote in the Assembly. Time is running out for the bill, though. The legislative session expected to end in early April.


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