Senate considers bail amendment in wake of Waukesha parade

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is poised to pass a constitutional amendment to make it harder for criminal defendants to get out of jail on bail.

Constitutional amendments must pass consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum.

The soonest that could happen is next year. The Assembly passed the proposal last week.

Senate approval Tuesday would mark the first time the amendment has passed a legislative session.

The amendment would require court officials to consider a defendant’s risk to public safety when setting bail.

Right now bail is set only as a means to ensure the person returns to court.