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Push for Tougher Laws to Protect Lawmakers and Their Families

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 --- 6:31pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin lawmaker is pushing for tougher laws to deter people who would intimidate or harm members of the Legislature and their families.

Under the legislation introduced by Rep. Garey Bies, a Republican from Sister Bay, acts such as striking, shoving, or kicking a lawmaker or a family member with no legitimate reason would face harsher penalties.

Harming a public official is already illegal in Wisconsin. Bies' proposal would cover a broader span of acts considered threats.

Lawmakers who have been victimized support the proposal. Some civil rights groups say it's redundant and could eventually infringe on freedom of speech.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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