2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 21, 2020 - Introduced by Representative Kurtz, cosponsored by Senator
Marklein. Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
1An Act to amend
940.20 (1g) of the statutes; relating to: battery by a person
2detained while awaiting trial as a sexually violent person and providing a
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a person who intentionally causes bodily harm to another
person commits simple battery and is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Current law
increases the penalty for battery under special circumstances. For instance, if a
person who is committed to a facility as a sexually violent person commits battery
against an officer, employee, agent, visitor, or other resident of the facility, the person
is guilty of a Class H felony. This bill adds that a person who is placed in a facility
awaiting a commitment trial as a sexually violent person is also guilty of a Class H
felony if he or she commits battery against an officer, employee, agent, visitor, or
other resident of the facility.
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
940.20 (1g) of the statutes is amended to read:
940.20 (1g) Battery by certain detained or committed persons.
Any person 2who is
placed in a facility under s. 980.04 or
980.065 and who intentionally causes 3
bodily harm to an officer, employee, agent, visitor, or other resident of the facility, 4
without his or her consent, is guilty of a Class H felony.