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Walker signs police access bill, fights controversy on recent bill signings

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Walker signs police access bill, fights controversy on recent bill signings

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Apr 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 9, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill to help law enforcement in the state, but it's a series of other bills he signed late last week that has caused controversy..

One of the bills Walker signed Monday would give police, prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies greater access to juvenile court information.

It allows officers on patrol to electronically pull records, instead of making a request by phone.  The bill specifically lets officers find out if a teenager faces charges in a juvenile court, or if the teen is on probation.

The bill got bi-partisan support.

"Having access to that information is so vitally important," said Walker to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

Still, bills he signed last week - including those involving sexual education and abortion, are getting a lot of attention.

Those were among 70 bills he signed during the week before Easter.

Those bills cover issues like school choice, abortion and sex ed.

"We signed these at the State Capitol on Thursday," said Walker.  "We signed other pieces on Friday."

According to Democrats, Walker is waging what they call a "war on women."

Walker responds that Democrats are simply trying to advance their own political agenda.

He signed other bills into law, including one that would help children who have been abused and another to allow a harsher penalty if you are caught lying to police.