UPDATE: Governor signs GPS anti-tracking bill

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 --- 5:00 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people.

The measure makes placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking company vehicles.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 6, 2015---1:21 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people.

The measure would make placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking company vehicles.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Wednesday. The Assembly passed the measure in February. The Senate tweaked the bill's language slightly on Wednesday so the measure must return to the Assembly. Both houses must pass an identical bill before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 6, 2015---9:52 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is set to take up a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people.

The measure would make placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking company vehicles.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill during a floor session Wednesday. The Assembly passed the measure in February. Senate approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015---4:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The authors of a bill that would outlaw using GPS to track someone without their consent are telling a legislative committee the proposal would protect people's privacy.

Rep. Adam Neylon and Sen. Jerry Petrowski, both Republicans, told the state Senate's judiciary committee that legislators must watch how technology is used and their bill will help prevent stalking.

Thomas Fischer, vice president of the Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators, told the committee the bill would drive private investigators out of business.

The measure would make placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The proposal carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking their vehicles.

The Assembly passed the bill in February.

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Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015---8:19 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is set to take public input on a bill that would outlaw using GPS to track someone without their consent.

The Republican-authored measure would make placing a GPS device on another person's vehicle without permission or collecting information from a GPS device placed without consent a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The proposal carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking their company's vehicles.

The state Assembly passed the bill in February and sent it on to the state Senate. That chamber's judiciary committee has scheduled a public hearing on it Tuesday afternoon.

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