2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 14, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Stuck, Mursau, B. Meyers,
Anderson, Bowen, Brostoff, Cabrera, Considine, Edming, Gruszynski,
Hebl, Hesselbein, Kolste, Kulp, Neubauer, Ohnstad, Pope, Sargent,
Shankland, Sinicki, Subeck, C. Taylor, Tittl, Tusler, Vining and Vruwink,
cosponsored by Senators Bewley, Smith, Carpenter, Cowles, Larson,
Miller, Ringhand, Schachtner and L. Taylor. Referred to Committee on
1An Act relating to: creating a task force on missing and murdered tribal women
2and girls and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls.
The task force must be established by the attorney general and must consist of
members who are knowledgeable in crime victims rights or violence protection and
who work in a range of relevant positions as specified in the bill. The task force must
examine various factors that contribute to violence against tribal women and girls
and submit to the chair or president of each tribe and to the appropriate standing
committees of the legislature by December 15, 2020, a report on actions that can be
taken to eliminate violence against tribal women and girls.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
(1) Task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls.
In this subsection:
1. “Nongovernmental organization” means a nonprofit, nongovernmental 2
organization that provides legal, social, or other community services.
2. “Reservation lands” means all lands within the exterior boundaries of an 4
Indian reservation in this state.
3. “Tribe” means a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this 6
Within 45 days of the effective date of this paragraph, the 8
attorney general shall establish a special committee under s. 15.04 (1) (c) called the 9
task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls. The task force shall 10
consist of the following members, who are knowledgeable in crime victims rights or 11
violence protection, and who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the 12
attorney general unless otherwise specified:
1. Four or more representatives for tribal governments, with a focus on 14
individuals who work with victims of violence or their families.
2. Two or more female tribal elders.
3. Two members of the senate, one appointed by the majority leader and one 17
appointed by the minority leader.
4. Two members of the assembly, one appointed by the speaker of the assembly 19
and one appointed by the minority leader.
5. Two representatives from among the following:
a. The Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.
b. The Badger State Sheriffs' Association.
c. The division of criminal investigation within the department of justice.
d. A peace officer who works for and resides on reservation lands.
6. One or more representatives from among the following:
a. The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association.
b. A U.S. Attorney's office in this state.
c. A judge or attorney working in tribal court.
7. A county coroner or representative from a statewide coroner's association or 5
a representative of the department of health services.
8. Four or more representatives from among the following:
a. A tribal, statewide, or local organization that provides legal services to tribal 8
women and girls.
b. A tribal, statewide, or local organization that provides advocacy or 10
counseling for tribal women and girls who have been victims of violence.
c. A tribal, statewide, or local organization that provides nonlegal services to 12
tribal women and girls.
d. American Indians Against Abuse.
e. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
f. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.
g. A tribal health organization or agency.
h. A tribal woman who is a survivor of gender violence.
1. The task force shall elect a chair and vice-chair from among the members 20
of the task force and may elect other officers as necessary. The task force shall 21
convene within 30 days after it is established and shall meet at least quarterly 22
thereafter, or upon the call of its chair, and may hold meetings throughout the state. 23
The task force shall meet sufficiently to accomplish the duties identified in par. (d).
2. The department of justice shall provide administrative support services to 25
the task force. The task force may call upon any state agency or officer to assist the
task force, and those agencies or officers shall cooperate with the task force to the 2
fullest extent possible.
3. The department of administration shall reimburse members of the task force 4
for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in carrying out their functions from 5
the appropriation under s. 20.505 (1) (ka).
1. The task force shall examine all of the following topics:
a. The systemic causes behind violence that tribal women and girls experience, 9
including patterns and underlying factors that explain why disproportionately high 10
levels of violence occur against tribal women and girls, including underlying 11
historical, generational, social, economic, institutional, and cultural factors which 12
may contribute to the violence.
b. Appropriate methods for tracking and collecting data on violence against 14
tribal women and girls, including data on missing and murdered tribal women and 15
c. Policies and institutions such as policing, child welfare, coroner practices, 17
and other governmental practices that impact violence against tribal women and 18
girls and the investigation and prosecution of crimes of gender violence against tribal 19