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CCAP Is Under Attack Once Again

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in CCAP / Comments

A panel tasked with providing guidance to the Director of State Courts has recommended that certain information on Wisconsin's Circuit Court Access site (often referred to as CCAP) should be removed in certain situations. The recommendations made include:Any felony charges brought against a person which were later dismissed or where the defendant was acquitted of the charges would be removed from CCAP after 1-2 years.Any misdemeanor charges brought against ...

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New CCAP Bill Introduced

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Screening Tenants, CCAP / Comments

A new CCAP bill (Senate Bill 526) was introduced on January 30, 2014 by Senators Grothman, Taylor, Schultz, Harris, and Risser. A public hearing has already been held.Current law allows for any criminal charge to remain on CCAP even if the charge was dismissed.This new bill, if passed, would require the Director of CCAP to remove a case involving a misdemeanor or felony from CCAP within 120 days ...

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CCAP Is Under Attack Again

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Evictions, Screening Tenants, CCAP / Comments

When Senator Marlin Schneider lost re-election a few years ago, I thought that the attacks against Wisconsin's Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) would disappear.  Well they did -- for a while.  But Senator Lena Taylor along with Representatives Goyke, Sargent, Kessler, Hebl and Pope haven taken up the torch and are trying to prevent the public from accessing CCAP once again via Senate Bill 234/Assembly Bill 253.These two bills were ...

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Top 10 Pitfalls That Landlords Should Avoid

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in AASEW, Notices, Screening Tenants, Rental Agreements, Rental Documents, CCAP, Seminars, Property Management, Rejecting Rental Applicants / Comments

Those of you that missed the last AASEW membership meeting on Monday, April 15, 2013, missed a great meeting and a great presentation.  The featured presenter was John "Dr. Rent" Fischer, a Wausau-area landlord and rental property manager, who spoke to a packed house that Monday.  John's presentation was dynamic, educational and at times pretty darn funny.With John's permission, I am providing you with a link to ...

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CCAP Committee's Recommendation To Change Wisconsin's Expungment Laws Shot Down

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, Screening Tenants, CCAP / Comments

Last year Wisconsin's Joint Legislative Council created a Special Committee On The Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents – what I affectionately referredto as the CCAP Committee. Landlords were very fortunate that in the end the committee made no recommendations to change or alter information on CCAP or limit its access by landlords or any other group. The committee's sole recommendation was to call for the ...

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CCAP Might Be Affected by Governor's Proposed Budget

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, CCAP / Comments

Just when we thought CCAP would be left alone for awhile (after the dismantling of the CCAP Comittee) word comes of another potential attack on CCAP --- this time it is financial.  The Wisconsin Law Journal recently published a post by Jason Smathers of the Associated Press indicating that court officials are concerned that CCAP may be affected if the governor's proposed budget breaks up its funding.The Governor's proposed budget apparently would ...

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CCAP Committee Disbands Without Any Major Changes Negatively Affecting Landlords

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Legislation, CCAP / Comments

On March 9, 2011, State Rep. Ed Brooks, the newly appointed Chair of the State of Wisconsin's, Joint Legislative Council's Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents (CCAP Committee) sent a memo to all members of the committee indicating that he had decided not to reconvene the committee for any additional meetings.For the most part, landlords came out unscathed by the reccomendations of the CCAP ...

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CCAP Committee Speaks Out About Clerks Removing Dismissed Charges From CCAP

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in CCAP / Comments

I recently posted about the fact that some counties in Wisconsin were unilaterally deciding on their own to remove certain information on CCAP.  Specifically, a few counties were opting to remove charges that were dismissed or dropped as a result of plea deals in criminal cases from CCAP.This practice concerned the committee that was covened to discuss issues related to CCAP in Madison.  The Wisconsin Law Journal's blog reported on ...

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State Rep. Marlin Schneider Loses Re-Election - What Does This Mean for CCAP?

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in CCAP, Rep. Marlin Schneider / Comments

State. Rep. Marlin Schneider lost his bid for re-election last week to Scott Krug for the 72nd Assembly District.  As many of you know I am not a big fan of "Snarlin Marlin."  Besides being voted one of the worst legislators in Wisconsin byMilwaukee Magazine, he also was a persistent thorn in the side of landlords due to his wishes to either restrict information that appeared on CCAP or ...

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The Topic of CCAP Restriction Is Back!

Posted by Tristan R. Pettit, Esq. in Screening Tenants, CCAP, Rep. Marlin Schneider / Comments

As the followers of my blog well know, many of my posts have centered on State. Rep. Marlin Schneider's attempts to restrict CCAP access to the public.  Restriction of CCAP will greatly affect landlords as CCAP is one of the best avenues to conduct background checks on prospective tenants.  Here is a link to my prior posts on this topic.Well, Rep. Schneider and his Special Commottee On Review of ...

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