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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
August 30, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Kleefisch, Danou, Farrow and
Knilans, cosponsored by Senator Wanggaard. Referred to Committee on
Criminal Justice and Corrections.
AB237,1,2 1An Act to create 175.39 of the statutes; relating to: authorization to make
2arrests for activities punishable by civil forfeiture.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law grants specific authority to law enforcement officers to arrest for
violations of criminal procedures, noncriminal traffic offenses, and ordinances and
grants specific authority to law enforcement officers employed by cities to arrest for
violations of any law. This bill specifies that any law enforcement officer may arrest
a person for violating a law that constitutes a civil forfeiture if the law enforcement
officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is violating or has violated
the law.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB237, s. 1 3Section 1. 175.39 of the statutes is created to read:
AB237,2,2 4175.39 Arrest by a law enforcement officer. In addition to the arrest
5powers under s. 968.07, a law enforcement officer may arrest a person for a law

1violation that is punishable by a civil forfeiture if the arresting officer has reasonable
2grounds to believe that the person is violating or has violated the law.
AB237,2,33 (End)
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