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Cable theft penalty increase proposed in Legislature

The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.
The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) - The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a Republican bill that would increase the penalties for stealing cable television.

Right now first-time cable theft is a civil violation punishable by up to $500 in forfeitures. The bill would make a first-time theft a misdemeanor punishable by up to $500 in fines and 30 days in jail.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Tuesday. It now goes to the state Senate.

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