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Proposal to limit on-line court records approved in committee

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MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsinites are one step closer to losing their access to many of the state’s popular on-line court records. The Assembly State Affairs Committee reached a 3-to-3 deadlock today on a bill to let people see only those cases that end in convictions. And panel chairman Fred Kessler broke the tie by voting to send the measure onto the full Assembly.

Kessler, a former circuit judge in Milwaukee, is a co-sponsor of the bill. But he says it might have a hard time getting enough support among majority Democrats in the Assembly to get it passed.

The state court Web site gets four-million hits a day. The bill would prevent people from getting information they now get on pending cases, and those with no convictions. Those in the judicial system would still get full access to the site, along with law enforcement and journalists. All the records would also remain available at county courthouses.

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