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Wisconsin Senate to act on several bills Tuesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Family members could no longer help felons hide from the police, under a bill to be considered by the Wisconsin Senate Tuesday.

The Assembly voted in February to end the long time privilege that shields family members from charges of aiding and harboring felons -- thus allowing them to throw off police investigators and hide evidence.

Lawmakers say the bill applies only to the most serious crimes, like murder.

Also Tuesday, senators will vote on two more measures to fight heroin abuse. One calls for quick sanctions for heroin abusers who violate probation or parole. The other bill would create opiate treatment centers in places without them.

The Senate is also due to act on a watered down plan to create a system in which prosecutors throughout the state can share information on domestic abuse suspects. The bill no longer requires police to explain themselves if they don't make arrests during domestic abuse calls.

The Senate is also due to take up a drunk driving crackdown which requires at least a 30 day jail for someone who causes an injury while under the influence.

The upper house will also act on bills against human trafficking, and making it easier for small egg growers to sell their wares at farmers' markets without a license.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)