2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
May 23, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Jacque, Carpenter, Larson, Risser and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Tusler, Stuck, Anderson,
Crowley, Kulp, B. Meyers, Mursau, Ohnstad, Ramthun, Sargent, Sinicki,
Subeck, C. Taylor, Thiesfeldt and Vruwink. Referred to Committee on
Judiciary and Public Safety.
SB235,1,2 1An Act to amend 940.32 (1) (a) 6. and 940.32 (1) (a) 7. of the statutes; relating
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:
SB235,1 3Section 1. 940.32 (1) (a) 6. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB235,2,24 940.32 (1) (a) 6. Contacting the victim by telephone , text message, electronic
5message, electronic mail, or other means of electronic communication
or causing the
6victim's telephone or electronic device or any other person's telephone or electronic

to ring or generate notifications repeatedly or continuously, regardless of
2whether a conversation ensues.
SB235,2 3Section 2 . 940.32 (1) (a) 7. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB235,2,64 940.32 (1) (a) 7. Sending to the victim any physical or electronic material or
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.
SB235,2,11 77m. For the purpose of obtaining information about, disseminating
8information 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
11victim's family or household or an employer, coworker, or friend of the victim.
SB235,2,1212 (End)