2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
May 23, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Jacque, Carpenter, Larson, Risser and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Tusler, Stuck,
Crowley, Kulp, B. Meyers, Mursau, Ohnstad, Ramthun, Sargent, Sinicki,
Subeck, C. Taylor, Thiesfeldt and Vruwink. Referred to Committee on
Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to amend
940.32 (1) (a) 6. and 940.32 (1) (a) 7. of the statutes;
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, stalking means a course of conduct that includes
maintaining visual or physical proximity to the victim, approaching or confronting
the victim, appearing at the victim's workplace, home, or other property, contacting
the victim's employer, coworkers, neighbors, family, or friends, attempting to contact
the victim via telephone, and sending various items or materials to the victim. This
bill amends the definition of stalking to explicitly include attempts to contact the
victim via text messaging and other electronic means of communication, including
sending and posting online content.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
940.32 (1) (a) 6. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 6. Contacting the victim by telephone
, text message, electronic
5message, electronic mail, or other means of electronic communication
or causing the 6
victim's telephone or electronic device
or any other person's telephone or electronic
to ring or generate notifications
repeatedly or continuously, regardless of 2
whether a conversation ensues.
940.32 (1) (a) 7. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 7. Sending to the victim any physical or electronic
5contacting the victim
by any means to the victim or, for, including any message,
6comment, or other content posted on any Internet site or web application.
the purpose of obtaining information about, disseminating 8
information about, or communicating with the victim, to sending any physical or
9electronic material to or contacting by any means, including any message, comment,
10or other content posted on any Internet site or web application,
a member of the 11
victim's family or household or an employer, coworker, or friend of the victim.