2003 WISCONSIN ACT 243
An Act to repeal 946.05; to amend 895.75 (1) and 946.06 (3); and to create 947.07 of the statutes; relating to: crimes affecting the U.S. flag and providing a penalty.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
895.75 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
895.75 (1) Any If a person who suffers physical injury to his or her person or emotional distress or damage to or loss of his or her property by reason of conduct which that is prohibited under s. 943.012 and that causes damage to any property specified in s. 943.012 (1) to (4) or which by reason of conduct that is grounds for a penalty increase under s. 939.645 (1), the person has a civil cause of action against the person who caused the physical injury, emotional distress, damage or loss.
946.06 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
946.06 (3) In this section "flag" has the meaning designated in s. 946.05 means anything that is or purports to be the Stars and Stripes, the United States shield, the United States coat of arms, the Wisconsin state flag, or a copy, picture, or representation of any of them.
947.07 of the statutes is created to read:
947.07 Causing violence or breach of the peace by damaging or destroying a U.S. flag. (1) In this section, "flag" means a flag of the United States consisting of horizontal stripes, alternately colored red and white, and a union of any number of white stars on a blue field.
(2) Whoever destroys, damages, or mutilates a flag, or causes a flag to come into contact with urine, feces, or expectoration, with the intent to cause imminent violence or a breach of the peace under circumstances in which the actor knows that his or her conduct is likely to cause violence or a breach of the peace is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(1) This act first applies to offenses occurring on the effective date of this subsection.