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2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
March 31, 2021 - Introduced by Senators L. Taylor, Johnson, Roys, Agard,
Larson, Wirch and Carpenter, cosponsored by Representatives L. Myers,
Stubbs, Drake, Shankland, S. Rodriguez, Anderson, Hebl, Neubauer,
Ortiz-Velez, Hong, Emerson, Snodgrass, Cabrera, Baldeh, Conley,
Hesselbein, Spreitzer, Vining, Hintz, Subeck, Shelton, Billings, Brostoff,
Bowen, Considine and Goyke. Referred to Committee on Labor and
Regulatory Reform.
SB251,2,2 1An Act to renumber 15.04 (1) (g), 48.82 (1), 106.58, 118.13 (1), 118.20 (1), 230.18
2and 756.001 (1); and to create 15.04 (1) (g) 1., 16.70 (10p), 16.70 (10t), 36.05
3(10g), 36.05 (10r), 38.01 (6g), 38.01 (6r), 47.01 (4), 47.01 (4m), 48.82 (1g), 51.01
4(13g), 51.01 (13r), 66.1011 (1m) (f), 66.1011 (1m) (g), 66.1201 (3) (mg), 66.1201
5(3) (mr), 66.1213 (4) (ng), 66.1213 (4) (nr), 66.1301 (3) (pg), 66.1301 (3) (pr),
666.1331 (3) (hm), 66.1331 (3) (jm), 66.1333 (2m) (hm), 66.1333 (2m) (im), 106.50
7(1m) (pg), 106.50 (1m) (pr), 106.52 (1) (dg), 106.52 (1) (er), 106.58 (1), 111.32
8(12k), 111.32 (12L), 111.70 (1) (mg), 111.70 (1) (mr), 111.81 (15p), 111.81 (15u),
9118.13 (1) (a), 118.134 (1g), 118.20 (1) (a), 118.40 (4) (ae), 194.01 (11m), 194.01
10(12m), 224.71 (12g), 224.71 (12r), 227.01 (10g), 227.01 (10r), 230.18 (1), 234.01
11(11), 234.01 (12), 321.01 (10g), 321.01 (10r), 440.40 (5g), 440.40 (5r), 600.03
12(40g), 600.03 (40r) and 756.001 (1d) of the statutes; relating to: prohibiting

1discrimination based on traits historically associated with race, including hair
2texture and protective hairstyles.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that prohibitions of race-based discrimination include
discrimination related to traits historically associated with race, including hair
texture and protective hairstyles. “Protective hairstyle” is defined in the bill to
include braids, locs, and twists.
Under current law, discrimination because of race is prohibited in employment,
housing, education, service as a juror, adoption, and the equal enjoyment of a public
place of accommodation or amusement. This bill prohibits discrimination based on
traits historically associated with race in employment, housing, education, service
as a juror, adoption, and the equal enjoyment of a public place of accommodation or
amusement.
Current law also prohibits motor carriers, automobile insurers, mortgage
bankers, mortgage loan originators, mortgage brokers, and real estate brokers and
salespersons from discriminating against a person on the basis of race; prohibits
discrimination based on race in the provision of vocational rehabilitation or mental
health services; and prohibits the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
from investing gifts, grants, and bequests in companies that practice discrimination
on the basis of race. This bill prohibits discrimination based on traits historically
associated with race in these areas.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB251,1 3Section 1. 15.04 (1) (g) of the statutes is renumbered 15.04 (1) (g) 2.
SB251,2 4Section 2. 15.04 (1) (g) 1. of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,2,55 15.04 (1) (g) 1. In this paragraph:
SB251,2,66 a. “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and twists.
SB251,2,87 b. “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including hair
8texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,3 9Section 3. 16.70 (10p) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,2
116.70 (10p) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and
2twists.
SB251,4 3Section 4. 16.70 (10t) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,54 16.70 (10t) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including
5hair texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,5 6Section 5. 36.05 (10g) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,87 36.05 (10g) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and
8twists.
SB251,6 9Section 6. 36.05 (10r) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,1110 36.05 (10r) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including
11hair texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,7 12Section 7. 38.01 (6g) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,1413 38.01 (6g) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and
14twists.
SB251,8 15Section 8. 38.01 (6r) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,1716 38.01 (6r) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including
17hair texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,9 18Section 9. 47.01 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,2019 47.01 (4) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and
20twists.
SB251,10 21Section 10. 47.01 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,3,2322 47.01 (4m) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including
23hair texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,11 24Section 11. 48.82 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 48.82 (1r).
SB251,12 25Section 12. 48.82 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,4,1
148.82 (1g) In this section:
SB251,4,22 (a) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and twists.
SB251,4,43 (b) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including hair
4texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,13 5Section 13. 51.01 (13g) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,4,76 51.01 (13g) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs, and
7twists.
SB251,14 8Section 14. 51.01 (13r) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,4,109 51.01 (13r) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race, including
10hair texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,15 11Section 15. 66.1011 (1m) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,4,1312 66.1011 (1m) (f) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs,
13and twists.
SB251,16 14Section 16. 66.1011 (1m) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,4,1615 66.1011 (1m) (g) “Race” includes traits historically associated with race,
16including hair texture and protective hairstyles.
SB251,17 17Section 17. 66.1201 (3) (mg) of the statutes is created to read:
SB251,4,1918 66.1201 (3) (mg) “Protective hairstyles” includes hairstyles such as braids, locs,
19and twists.
SB251,18 20Section 18. 66.1201 (3) (mr) of the statutes is created to read:
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