MADISON - People found innocent of a crime can still be hurt by the accusation.
That's because the charge remains in online court records in Wisconsin.
A bill approved by a state Senate committee would change that.
The bipartisan bill calls for erasing data from the public CCAP system when a person has been cleared.
For civil forfeiture cases, the record would be removed within 90 days if the defendant has been acquitted or the case was dismissed.
The director would have to wipe out information on misdemeanor and felony cases within 120 days if the cases have been dismissed, the defendant was acquitted or if a conviction has been overturned on appeal.
The Senate's judiciary committee approved the bill 5-0 Thursday, clearing the way for a full Senate vote.
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MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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