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Wisconsin lawmakers consider law changes after GBPD license incident

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - State lawmakers are raising concerns, after reports that Green Bay Police have occasionally confiscated driver's licenses and mailed them back to people with their traffic citations.  

Chris Develice of Fond du Lac tells FOX 11 that an officer kept his driver's license after he failed to follow traffic directions when leaving a Packers' playoff game -- and his license got lost in the mail and he had to apply for a duplicate.

He said he needed the license not only to drive home, but as an ID for an upcoming cruise he was planning to the Bahamas.  

Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor said that the officer couldn't get his pen to work, so he couldn't write a citation on the spot. The chief defended the officer's decision to confiscate the license and mail it with the ticket.  

After the license got lost, Molitor said he wouldn't have a problem with his agency paying to replace it.  

State Senate Republican Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac says it does not appear to be a statewide problem -- but if something needs to be clarified, chief of staff Tim Lakin told FOX 11 they would propose a bill to address it.  

Senate GOP President Mike Ellis of Neenah said seizing the license broke state law and could have opened the driver to being an identity theft victim.  

Molitor told the station he's not encouraging officers to confiscate licenses, but he's not ruling it out.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)