Wisconsin is currently considering a bill that would make it illegal for people to file civil lawsuits against police officers and prosecutors.
Lawmakers are considering two bills, SB 9 and SB 13, that would also make it a misdemeanor for people with mental health issues to file a civil lawsuit.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jeff Fitzgerald, D-River Hills, told the Wisconsin State Review that he wants to make it legal for people suffering from mental health disorders to sue police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, and others who abuse them.
The bill would also allow people with criminal records and those who have mental illness to file lawsuits against law enforcement, but the proposal was amended to include people with psychiatric illnesses.SB 13 would make Wisconsin a third-party jurisdiction for all lawsuits in the state, including those brought by people with certain conditions.
The legislation was amended in 2018 to include mental health conditions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Read more:Lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering bills to expand rights for people in mental health care.
Some of these bills have been proposed in the past.
Wisconsin’s bill to expand mental health access is the first in the country.
It was approved in 2016, but a bill to establish a mental health hotline in Madison was killed by the legislature.
In 2017, the state was one of six states that voted to decriminalize possession of marijuana.
Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill into law, though he will have to wait until 2020 to do so.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.