2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 12, 2017 - Introduced by Representative Ott, by request of Department
of Transportation. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
1An Act to amend
342.155 (4) (b) of the statutes; relating to: penalties for
2violations of motor vehicle mileage disclosure requirements and providing a
3criminal penalty (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill eliminates inconsistent language in a penalty provision for certain
violations of motor vehicle mileage reporting requirements.
Current law imposes certain requirements related to reporting a motor
vehicle's mileage upon transfer of the vehicle. Specifically, 1) a transferor may not
transfer ownership of a motor vehicle without disclosing the vehicle's mileage in
writing to the transferee; 2) a transferor may not knowingly make a false statement
in disclosing the vehicle's mileage to a transferee; and 3) no person may alter, erase,
or obliterate any information contained on a mileage disclosure statement. Current
law provides two inconsistent penalties for a person who violates one of these
provisions with intent to defraud. Specifically, the current provision provides that a
person who violates one of the above provisions with intent to defraud 1) may be fined
not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than seven years and six months
or both; and 2) is guilty of a Class H felony, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed
$10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed six years or both.
This bill eliminates the reference to a fine of not more than $5,000 or
imprisonment for not more than seven years and six months or both. Under this bill,
any person who violates one of the above provisions with intent to defraud is guilty
of Class H felony.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
342.155 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Any person who violates this section with intent to defraud may
3be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 7 years and 6 months
is guilty of Class H felony.
(1) This act first applies to offenses committed on the effective date of this 7