- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 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.

Lawmakers have introduced similar proposals in previous legislative sessions, drawing widespread opposition from database users, including the media and landlords.

The Senate’s judiciary committee approved the bill 5-0 Thursday, clearing the way for a full Senate vote.

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