The bill relates to resolution of claims against the state for wrongful imprisonment of innocent persons, exempting from taxation certain amounts an individual receives from the claims board or legislature, and increasing the maximum amount an individual can receive from $5,000 per year of imprisonment (capped at $25,000) to $50,000 per year of imprisonment with no cap. Currently, these individuals can also receive free state health insurance for up to ten years. This bill will require them to pay the same premium that state employees pay.
While a wrongfully imprisoned person is a tragedy, we are still dealing with taxpayer money. This bill is a spending increase, and therefore gets the score of LESS LIBERTY.
The bill was introduced by Representatives Bies, Pocan, Berceau, Bernard Schaber, Bewley, E. Coggs, Hebl, Kessler, A. Ott, Pasch, Pope-Roberts, Ringhand, Roys, Staskunas and C. Taylor