State Reps. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg), Chris Taylor (D-Madison), and Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) joined Gov. Scott Walker April 11 at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) in Madison for a bill signing ceremony that codified three bills expanding legal rights for domestic abuse survivors.
Brooks was the lead author of AB 652, and a co-author of AB 663 and SB 488. The bills accomplish the following:
• AB 652 expands a victim’s right to receive notification to include any time an offender’s parole or extended supervision is revoked due to a violation of their condition of release.
• AB 663 changes the order in which restitution is collected, placing greater emphasis on making sure that survivors receive the money they are due.
• SB 488 creates a Department of Justice program tasked with keeping contact information for survivors of certain crimes private.
“Wisconsin is standing up for what’s right by guaranteeing these survivors’ rights – but we’re not finished yet,” said Brooks. “More needs to be done, and my colleagues and I are working toward the goal of providing all survivors with the peace of mind that they need to move forward.”