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File #: 230557    Version:
Type: Resolution-Immediate Adoption Status: Passed
File created: 9/1/2023 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/1/2023
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution directing the Department of Administration-Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of state legislation expanding the circumstances under which vehicles used in reckless driving may be impounded.
Sponsors: ALD. WESTMORELAND, ALD. BORKOWSKI, ALD. CHAMBERS JR., ALD. PEREZ, ALD. COGGS, ALD. SPIKER
Indexes: CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, MOTOR VEHICLES, STATE LEGISLATION
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
9/6/20231 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
9/1/20231 COMMON COUNCIL SUBSTITUTED

Minutes note: Ald. Westmoreland asked to amend it to read "with the exception of stolen vehicles" so they are not impounded. Substitute 2, with the stolen car text, was distributed to members. Moved to sub. There were no objections. Ald. Coggs added as a co-sponsor, as well as Ald. Spiker.
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9/1/20231 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTEDPass12:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
Number
230557
Version
SUBSTITUTE 1
Reference

Sponsor
ALD. WESTMORELAND, BORKOWSKI, CHAMBERS, PEREZ, COGGS AND SPIKER
Title
Substitute resolution directing the Department of Administration-Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of state legislation expanding the circumstances under which vehicles used in reckless driving may be impounded.
Analysis
This resolution directs the Department of Administration-Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek introduction and passage of state legislation expanding the circumstances under which vehicles used in reckless driving may be impounded. Currently, in order for a vehicle to be impounded for reckless driving, the driver must be the owner of the vehicle and the driver must also have an outstanding forfeiture from a previous reckless driving offense. This resolution directs the Intergovernmental Relations Division to seek changes to state law that would allow the vehicle being operated by a driver given a citation for reckless driving to be impounded for a first offense, regardless of whether the driver is the owner of the vehicle or whether the vehicle’s owner has any unpaid forfeitures for reckless driving, with the exception of stolen vehicles.
Body
Whereas, On April 3, 2023, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted legislation allowing local municipalities to pass ordinances authorizing law enforcement to impound vehicles used in reckless driving; and

Whereas, On March 9, 2023, the City of Milwaukee passed an ordinance adopting these new provisions; and

Whereas, The state law provides that for law enforcement to impound a vehicle, the driver must be the owner of the vehicle and the driver must have an outstanding forfeiture from a previous reckless driving offense; and

Whereas, This condition needlessly constrains the circumstances under which a vehicle may be impounded; and

Whereas, The condition is counterproductive to the overall goal of the legislation, which is to stop reck...

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