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LRB-1363/1
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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
July 8, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Weatherston, Bowen, Brandtjen, E.
Brooks
, Craig, Kulp, T. Larson, Ohnstad, Quinn, Steffen, Tittl and
Ballweg, cosponsored by Senator Hansen. Referred to Committee on
Transportation.
AB280,1,2 1An Act to create 341.15 (1g) of the statutes; relating to: enforcement of the
2display of motor vehicle registration plates.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, if two registration plates are issued for a motor vehicle, one
plate must be attached to the front of the vehicle and one plate must be attached to
the rear of the vehicle. This bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from stopping
or inspecting a type 1 automobile having a registered weight of 8,000 pounds or less
(generally, lightweight passenger vehicles) solely because no plate is attached to the
front of the automobile or because a plate attached to the front of the automobile
cannot be seen. This bill does not prohibit a law enforcement officer from issuing a
citation for failure to attach two plates to the automobile if the violation is observed
in the course of a stop or inspection made for other purposes.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB280,1 3Section 1. 341.15 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:
AB280,2,54 341.15 (1g) Notwithstanding s. 349.02, a law enforcement officer may not stop
5or inspect a type 1 automobile having a registered weight of 8,000 pounds or less
6solely because no plate is attached to the front of the automobile, or because a plate

1attached to the front of the automobile cannot be readily seen and read, unless a
2municipality has elected not to attach a plate to the rear of the automobile under sub.
3(1) (b). This subsection does not limit the authority of a law enforcement officer to
4issue a citation for a violation of sub. (1) or (2) or a local ordinance in conformity with
5sub. (1) or (2) observed in the course of a stop or inspection made for other purposes.
AB280,2 6Section 2. Initial applicability.
AB280,2,87 (1) This act first applies to type 1 automobiles operated on the effective date
8of this subsection.
AB280,2,99 (End)
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