Wis. Senate passes bill expanding landlord powers

Wisconsin Senate passes bill expanding powers of landlords over Democratic objections

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would grant landlords more power over tenants, a move opposed by Democrats as taking away tenants' rights and limiting the control of local governments over property within their jurisdiction.

The measure passed Tuesday with all Republicans in support and Democrats against.

The bill would allow landlords to dispose of any property an evicted tenant leaves behind, immediately tow illegally parked vehicles and toss tenants out if a crime occurs on the property and the tenant was in a position to prevent it.

The measure is opposed by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the cities of Milwaukee and Madison as well as the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and others.

A similar version of the bill passed the Assembly in June.

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