Legislation targeting cyberstalking is ready for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s signature. The measure approved by the Senate on a voice vote Tuesday would allow judges to issue restraining orders against people in other states. “This bill strengthens legal protections for victims . . . and empowers Wisconsin law enforcement officers and courts to extend protections of these victims from abusers located outside of Wisconsin,” said state Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “We know that stalking and harassment do not stop at state lines.”
Wanggaard said the measure will give victims of stalking and harassment a greater sense of security. “Victims of harassment should not have to second guess whether Wisconsin law can shield them from their abuser,” he said. The bill passed the Assembly in February and a spokeswoman for Governor Walker said he’s likely to sign it.