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LRB-1023/1
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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Hate crimes involving law enforcement officers
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
February 2, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Steffen, Kitchens, Brandtjen,
E. Brooks, R. Brooks, Edming, Felzkowski, Horlacher, Jacque, Kleefisch,
Kulp, Macco, Mursau, Novak, Ott, Petersen, Petryk, Quinn, Ripp, Schraa,
Spiros, Summerfield, Tauchen, Tittl, Tusler, Weatherston and Zimmerman,
cosponsored by Senators Vukmir, Darling, Nass, Olsen and Wanggaard.
Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
AB48,1,3 1An Act to amend 939.645 (1) (b) and 939.645 (4) of the statutes; relating to:
2expanding the definition of hate crime victims to include law enforcement
3officers.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill expands the persons who can be a victim of what is commonly known
as a “hate crime" to include law enforcement officers. A hate crime is a crime in which
the perpetrator selects the victim due to a perception or belief regarding the victim,
such as the victim's race, religion, color, or disability, or, under this bill, status as a
law enforcement officer.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB48,1 4Section 1. 939.645 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB48,2,65 939.645 (1) (b) Intentionally selects the person against whom the crime under
6par. (a) is committed or selects the property that is damaged or otherwise affected by

1the crime under par. (a) in whole or in part because of the actor's belief or perception
2regarding the race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or
3ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property, or because of the
4actor's belief or perception that the person or the owner or occupant of that property
5is employed as a law enforcement officer,
whether or not the actor's belief or
6perception was correct.
AB48,2 7Section 2. 939.645 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB48,2,128 939.645 (4) This section does not apply to any crime if proof of race, religion,
9color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or, ancestry, or employment
10status
or proof of any person's perception or belief regarding another's race, religion,
11color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or, ancestry, or employment
12status
is required for a conviction for that crime.
AB48,3 13Section 3. Initial applicability.
AB48,2,1514 (1) This act first applies to actions committed on the effective date of this
15subsection.
AB48,2,1616 (End)
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