The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday (June 20) passed a bill to close a significant loophole in child exploitation and pornography laws.

Senate Bill 68, authored by state Sen. André Jacque, R-De Pere, and Rep. Ron Tusler, R-Harrison, was requested by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigators at law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin.

The bill has now passed by unanimous voice vote in both legislative chambers and heads to Gov. Evers for his expected signature.

“Senate Bill 68 combats a significant vulnerability within Wisconsin’s child exploitation statutes identified by prosecutors and Internet Crimes Against Children investigators,” Jacque said. “The bill closes the loophole by codifying case law, clarifying definitions and including ‘child erotica’ as pornography.

Jacque represents the 1st Senate District, comprised of Door and Kewaunee Counties and portions of Brown, Calumet, Manitowoc, and Outagamie counties.