LRB-1865/1
CMH:amn
2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 1, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Bewley, Marklein and Jacque,
cosponsored by Representatives Kulp, Quinn, Kolste, Spiros, Spreitzer,
Tittl, Sortwell, Novak, Ramthun, Rohrkaste, Skowronski, Sinicki,
Vruwink, Tusler, Thiesfeldt, Pronschinske, C. Taylor and Subeck. Referred
to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
SB66,1,2 1An Act to amend 947.0125 (2); and to create 947.0125 (4) of the statutes;
2relating to: creating a false identity on social media and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor if he or she, with
the intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass, sends an e-mail or
other electronic message that threatens a person or property, that contains obscene,
lewd, or profane language or suggests a lewd or lascivious act, or while intentionally
preventing the disclosure of his or her identity. This bill adds to the list of intentions
the intent to defraud or harm and adds that it is a Class B misdemeanor if the person
posts such a message, not just sends a message. In addition, this bill provides that
a person is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor if he or she, with the intent to frighten,
intimidate, harm, threaten, abuse, harass, or defraud, knowingly uses a name or
other likeness of another person on a computerized communication system to create
a false identity without that person's consent (a practice commonly known as
catfishing).
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
report.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB66,1
1Section 1. 947.0125 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB66,2,42 947.0125 (2) Whoever, with the intent to frighten, intimidate, harm, threaten,
3abuse, harass, or defraud,
does any of the following is guilty of a Class B
4misdemeanor:
SB66,2,85 (a) With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass another
6person,
Posts or sends a message to the a person on an electronic mail or other
7computerized communication system and in that message threatens to inflict injury
8or physical harm to any person or the property of any person.
SB66,2,139 (b) With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass another
10person,
Posts or sends a message on an electronic mail or other computerized
11communication system with the reasonable expectation that the a person will receive
12the message and in that message threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any
13person or the property of any person.
SB66,2,1714 (c) With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten or abuse another person, Posts
15or
sends a message to the a person on an electronic mail or other computerized
16communication system and in that message uses any obscene, lewd, or profane
17language or suggests any lewd or lascivious act.
SB66,2,2218 (d) With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten or abuse another person, Posts
19or
sends a message on an electronic mail or other computerized communication
20system with the reasonable expectation that the a person will receive the message
21and in that message uses any obscene, lewd, or profane language or suggests any
22lewd or lascivious act.
SB66,3,223 (e) With intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten or abuse another person, Posts
24or
sends a message to the a person on an electronic mail or other computerized

1communication system while intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent the
2disclosure of his or her own identity.
SB66,3,73 (f) While intentionally preventing or attempting to prevent the disclosure of his
4or her identity and with intent to frighten, intimidate, threaten or abuse another
5person,
, posts or sends a message on an electronic mail or other computerized
6communication system with the reasonable expectation that the a person will receive
7the message.
SB66,2 8Section 2. 947.0125 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
SB66,3,139 947.0125 (4) (a) Whoever, with intent to frighten, intimidate, harm, threaten,
10abuse, harass, or defraud, knowingly uses a name, voice, signature, photograph, or
11other likeness of another person on any computerized communication system to
12create a false identity without such person's consent, or in the case of a minor the
13consent of his or her parent or legal guardian, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
SB66,3,1414 (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to satire or parody.
SB66,3,1515 (End)
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