Contact: Myranda Tanck
MADISON – Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin today announced that it had earned 350 key endorsements, demonstrating significant growth in the effort’s bipartisan statewide coalition. Among those endorsing the measure are nearly 200 Chiefs of Police, more than 50 Sheriffs, a number of victims advocacy groups, and an impressive array of all of the state’s prominent law enforcement organizations.
In addition to the growing list of key endorsements from elected officials, law enforcement leaders, and statewide associations, Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin has garnered significant public support across the state, with thousands signing the petition backing of the effort. Polling conducted after the coalition’s statewide launch indicated that nearly 80 percent of Wisconsinites supported the measure.
“I’m so grateful to see that support for Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin is continuing to grow—from survivors and their families to prominent leaders from communities throughout Wisconsin,” said Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin State Chair Teri Jendusa-Nicolai, a survivor of a brutal attack by her ex-husband and one of the state’s most prominent victims’ rights advocates. “As someone who has experienced firsthand the trauma that victims go through during the legal process, I know firsthand why giving crime victims equal rights is so important. I’m proud that Wisconsin’s leaders are stepping up to continue our state’s tradition of leading on this issue.”
Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin, introduced as Assembly Joint Resolution 47/Senate Joint Resolution 53, is authored by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Representative Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville). With broad support from lawmakers of both parties, the legislation passed through the State Senate and Assembly in 2017, and will now move forward to second consideration in the next legislative session.