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Wis. committee considers domestic abuse bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers are trying to convince a committee to approve a bill that would require police to give domestic abuse victims information about organizations that could help them.

The Assembly passed a broader version of the proposal in June that would require police to send reports to prosecutors whenever they chose not to arrest anyone in a domestic incident and impose new police training standards for handling domestic situations.

The bill's authors, Sen. Jerry Petrowski and Rep. Andre Jacque, have since scaled the bill back. Now it would require police to give victims a list of shelters, service organization and their rights. Provisions requiring non-arrest reports and training standards are gone.

Petrowski and Jacque told the Senate's public safety committee Thursday the bill would ensure victims know their options.

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