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Thursday, March 5, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 5.0° F  Fair
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Watch out where you put your GPS in Wisconsin
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Yes, I really wish I had asked my girlfriend's brother to borrow his GPS before I took a trip to the Deep South. Granted, we would have had to be more careful with that gadget than we were with her mom's car. Unlike her, he probably would have noticed scratches.

After reading Assembly Bill 171, I realize that the GPS might have been there the whole time. Not to the benefit of our navigation, but to the benefit of Little Brother (for pun purposes I really wish he were older), who could have delighted in the aimless circles in which we drove around the Memphis metropolitan area or the Ol' Miss campus.

Luckily, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee) and Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) are addressing have pondered such ominous implications.

This bill makes it unlawful to place a global positioning device on another person's vehicle without that person's knowledge and consent or to intentionally obtain information regarding another person's movement or location generated by a global positioning device without that person's knowledge or consent. A person who does so is guilty of a Class I felony and is subject to a fine not to exceed $10,000, imprisonment not to exceed three years and six months, or both.

The bill has not received any serious objection during its 14 month life. It has also not received any serious consideration during its 14 month life.

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