MADISON — A
state Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan
bill that would purge information from Wisconsin's popular online
court records database.
The measure calls
for erasing data from the public CCAP (SEE-cap) system on civil
forfeiture cases 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 the charge has been overturned on appeal.
introduced similar proposals in previous legislative sessions,
drawing widespread opposition from database users, including the
media and landlords.
judiciary committee approved the bill 5-0 Thursday, clearing the
way for a full Senate vote.