Bill would make bestiality a felony in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque says proposal was drafted in consultation with district attorneys, farmers and animal advocacy groups
Legislation would make sexual contact with animals a felony instead of a misdemeanor Rep. Jacque has talked with police, livestock owners and other groups who've told him there are numerous offenders out there
Lawmakers want police to have more crisis training directed at avoiding shootings The proposed legislation, which funds week-long Crisis Intervention Training programs, is supported by Rep. Jacque
New bill looks to close internet loophole for online predators who seek inappropriate photos Rep. Jacque's legislation would allow the enforcement of penalties right away when an adult solicits a photo of a minor
AG announces new human trafficking bureau Rep. Jacque has already begun work with legislation that creates surcharge on convicted traffickers who solicit prostitutes
Lawmakers hear testimony on fining 'johns' Half of the money collected through the trafficking surcharge would pay for police overtime and anti-trafficking operations
Sex trafficking bill imposes charge on johns Rep. Jacque wrote Assembly Bill 435 to create a $5,000 surcharge on convicted traffickers who solicit prostitutes
Diminishing taxpayer funding for abortion Wisconsin Catholic Conference supports Rep. Jacque bills that restrict the use of taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions
Bill would expand access to epinephrine Rep. Jacque says the legislation allows a physician to prescribe an epinephrine auto-injector to those who've completed training
Wisconsin Democrats attempt to mobilize lobbyists against licensing reform bill Rep. Jacque says those capable of professional quality work within their field shouldn't be unduly hampered by the state
Bill would prohibit agreement that allows UW to perform abortions for Planned Parenthood Rep. Jacque says several medical schools across the country do not provide similar abortion training and are still accredited
Tweet/Garot plans new facility in Wrightstown Construction will begin in October and be completed by late summer 2018, and about 50 jobs will be based at the new plant
Lawmakers react to DOT reform legislation Rep. Jacque says there are checks and balances that legislators want in place to ensure the same problems aren't happening again
Police K-9s won't face quarantine under new law Rep. Jacque's bill will help keep more law enforcement K-9s on the street and out of the veterinarian office after biting offenders
Governor signs legislation to revise procedure for law enforcement dogs that bite a person Gov. Walker says state Rep. André Jacque's bill is a common-sense change that will save Wisconsin both time and money
Governor Walker signs legislation to change procedure for law enforcement dogs Rep. Jacque's bill eliminates the requirement that a police dog that has bitten a person be examined by a vet and confined
WATCH: Walker signs police K-9 bill Rep. Jacque's legislation changes the procedure for law enforcement dogs in Wisconsin if they bite a person
De Pere lawmaker wants additional assistant district attorneys hired across Wisconsin Rep. Jacque is seeking bipartisan support to help prosecutors across the state deal with a growing number of case backlogs
New DA appointed in Marinette County Rep. Jacque is pushing legislation that would add 20 additional assistant district attorneys around the state starting in 2019
Wisconsin Assembly to introduce PTSD bill Rep. Jacque's legislation to make it easier for public safety first responders to receive treatment for clinically diagnosed PTSD
Wisconsin lawmakers are proposing to add staff to district attorneys' offices across the state Rep. Jacque's bill would bring every county except Florence to at least 58.5 percent of their estimated staffing level needs
DA says Brown County needs prosecutors A bill proposed by Rep. Jacque would create 20 new assistant district attorney positions across 24 Wisconsin counties
Two Wisconsin lawmakers hope to help first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder Rep. Jacque is proposing the legislation to help reduce barriers that keep first responders from getting necessary treatment.
Tax benefit for Wisconsin's disabled veterans could increase eligibility under Rep. Jacque's bill Legislation would allow veterans with a minimum of 70% service-connected disabilities to be eligible for tax credit
Wisconsin lawmakers introducing legislation to add assistant DA positions statewide Rep. Jacque says the average ADA in WI has a caseload that far exceeds the statutory caseload cap in place for public defenders
Lawmakers react to understaffing in district attorney offices throughout Wisconsin Rep. Jacque says he's proposing to add 20 additional assistant DA positions around the state, based on the greatest need
Committees OK woodchuck season legislation Approval of Rep. Jacque's bill removing groundhogs from protected species list clears way for vote in full Legislature
Social host loophole back in the spotlight after Ashwaubenon teen's OWI arrests within hours Rep. Jacque's bill clarifies the word "premises" to include places that don't have a liquor license like homes and other properties
Boater in Cat Island crash has history of OWI; state representative pushes to toughen law Rep. Jacque is looking to propose legislation that would make operating any vehicle under the influence the same violation
Ashwaubenon man arrested twice for drinking and driving following graduation party Rep. Jacque has asked for his bill that closes the 'social host' loophole to get an Assembly floor vote this month
Committees to vote on WI woodchuck season Rep. Jacque's bill would remove the animals from the state's protected species list and establish a year-round hunting season
18-year-old arrested for OWI twice in same day Rep. Jacque has introduced legislation that would penalize adults who are found to have hosted underage drinking parties
Rep. Jacque introduces vet-friendly legislation The three bills deal with military license plates, veteran’s property tax credit and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations
Rep. Jacque's proposal to remove unused FoodShare benefits is added to state budget De Pere lawmaker says the plan has received overwhelming public support in his constituent survey sent out this spring
State lawmakers target human trafficking Rep. Jacque's bill creates a $5K surcharge for anyone convicted of soliciting a prostitute or keeping a place of prostitution
Sex trafficking bills target patrons of prostitutes Rep. Jacque's legislation would require people convicted of soliciting or patronizing prostitutes to pay $5,000
Three veterans bills introduced in Legislature Rep. Jacque says he is honored and humbled to write the legislation on behalf of those who bravely served the country
Legislation aims to help veterans in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque believes the three bills could receive hearings in Madison next month, with floor action possible in the fall
Local outdoorsmen urge committee members to back woodchuck hunting season in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque says a number of other states already allow woodchuck hunting, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois
Bill to allow woodchuck hunting gets hearing Rep. Jacque says he's heard from constituents and farmers across the state who've had their property damaged by the rodents
Rep. Jacque to introduce human trafficking bill State representative's legislation would impose a $5,000 fine on those convicted of patronizing or soliciting a prostitute
Getting a license in WI has been a nightmare JFC recently passed a motion submitted by Rep. Jacque that makes common-sense reforms to the occupational license process
Green Bay Police to address underage drinking Rep. Jacque has drafted a bill that closes the 'social host' loophole and fines parents who host underage drinking parties
Adding teeth to state's child enticement laws Rep. Jacque is working with Brown County investigators on legislation aimed directly at punishing online sex predators
New bill aims to deter child pornography in WI Rep. Jacque says it's not against state law to solicit sexually explicit photographs of children but it clearly should be
Why does horse abuser keep being released? Rep. Jacque is working with prosecutors on legislation that would update state statutes regarding animal cruelty
Wisconsin state lawmakers seeking to crack down on requests involving child pornography Rep. Jacque says a handful of lawmakers have already signed onto the legislation, including an Assembly Democrat
De Pere lawmaker pushes to prevent underage drinking parties throughout the state State Rep. André Jacque believes it's important that Wisconsin residents do not have access to alcohol at a young age
Digging Deeper: Adoption in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque is working on a bill that would change the current in-state adoption process, which some say is too burdensome
Lawmakers again target adults who host underage drinking parties in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque believes it is time for the legislature to close the "social hosting" loophole statewide for a number of reasons
Rep. Jacque legislation would extend deadlines for fixing self-reported pollution in the state The bill brings the state self-compliance program in line with a similar EPA program with the goal of encouraging more usage
Lawmakers resurrect woodchuck hunting bill Rep. Jacque says he's heard many complaints from constituents that the animals are causing damage to properties and gardens
University of Wisconsin accreditation would not be threatened by Rep. Jacque's pro-life bill Rep. Jacque says Arizona has had statutory prohibition similar to his bill in place since 2011 and has not lost its accreditation
Several decades of activism and political movements in Madison tie back to the university Rep. Jacque set off for college with plans to pursue a medical career, but his interests shifted to politics after he got to Madison
WI GOP targets UW deal that pays Planned Parenthood abortionists with state funds Rep. Jacque says UW abortionists have been found harvesting the body parts of babies they aborted for UW experiments
Proposed bill would ban University of Wisconsin employees from training at abortion facilities Rep. Jacque says the accreditation of UW OB-GYN program would not diminish under the proposed legislation
"Dillon's Law" passes state Assembly Bill proposed by Rep. Jacque would allow easier and more widespread access to live-saving EpiPens for trained individuals
Bill looks to close underage drinking loophole Legislation has support from the Wisconsin Medical Society and League of Wisconsin Municipalities, among other groups
Lawmakers look to close Wisconsin’s 'social host' loophole in underage drinking Rep. Jacque says bill is a "first step" leading to other legislation aimed at curbing what he views as a statewide drinking problem
State lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers with social hosting bill Rep. Jacque wants to extend the law to also include adults who host underage drinking parties in their own homes
Bill would make underage drinking hosts pay Rep. Jacque says making alcohol less accessible likely will reduce incidents of drunk driving, alcoholism and more
Food stamp bill brought up by local lawmakers Rep. Jacque hopes legislation will encourage counties to investigate fraud in the federal food stamps program
Lawmakers target welfare fraud in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque says local governments should be able to share the savings they’re providing for state and feds in uncovering fraud
Lawmakers reintroducing food stamp fraud bill The proposal from Rep. Jacque is a combination of a number of past bills relating to reforming the FoodShare program
Wisconsin leads nation in 2016 for drunk drivers being stopped by ignition interlock devices Exactly 37,299 Wisconsin drivers couldn't start their cars while drunk after blowing into their ignition interlock devices.
FOX11 in Green Bay investigates shortage of assistant district attorneys and backlog of cases Investigation found Brown County cannot keep up with the 9,000 cases being referred by law enforcement for prosecution
Ignition Interlocks stop more Wisconsin drunk drivers than anywhere else in the nation Rep. Jacque hopes to introduce bill soon that would increase penalties for someone driving without the device
Jacque: MADD report shows interlocks work Rep. Jacque looking at changing law to tie ignition interlocks to an offender's drivers license instead of a specific vehicle.
Legislation would prohibit coverage of elective abortions services for Wisconsin state workers Rep. Jacque says bill would ensure that elective abortions are not funded by taxpayer dollars in the state of Wisconsin
Proposed changes to MAPP Program championed by Rep. Jacque now in governor’s budget MAPP is a work incentive program available to people with disabilities who want to work, but fear losing the Medicaid/long-term care services they need.
Parents share their pain to win support for Dillon's Law A Mishicot family traveled to Madison this week to ask lawmakers to support a bill allowing more individuals to administer life-saving injections
Family fights for "Dillon's Law" A Two Rivers family makes an emotional appeal before lawmakers in Madison as "Dillon's Law" is one step closer to becoming reality.
Parents fighting for 'Dillon's Law' Family wants to expand the current law that allows organizations to keep EpiPens on site.
Local lawmakers to host public listening sessions Lawmakers say sessions are a chance for people to tell local leaders what they would like to see in Gov. Walker's proposed budget
OWI legislation could require blood draws for first offense In Wisconsin a first offense OWI is a traffic offense and not a crime, which is why Rep. Jacque wants to ensure those pulled over have to submit to a blood draw.
Debate over funding road projects in Wisconsin heating up as projects outnumber funds Rep. Jacque is pleased that discussions are focusing on putting more money toward the local level
Republicans target University of Wisconsin faculty's deal with Planned Parenthood Rep. Jacque says the University of Wisconsin acting as a contractor for Planned Parenthood is not the role of government
State Rep. Jacque plans listening sessions Governor's proposed budget, constituent issues and legislative efforts will be among the topics discussed
Rep. Jacque hoping to pass bill that prevents state unfunded mandates on local governments De Pere lawmaker says everyone should care about the proposed legislation because all taxpayers are affected by mandates
Bill would limit taxpayer-funded abortion services for nearly 250K public sector employees Legislation proposed by Rep. Jacque would prevent state Group Insurance Board from contracting or paying for abortions
Dillon's Law would broaden access to EpiPens Rep. Jacque's proposal would allow trained individuals to administer epinephrine to anyone having an allergic reaction
FOX 11 Investigates: Should government legal notices still be published in newspapers? Rep. Jacque says legislation would expand, not limit the type of information that's available to the public for review
Dillon's Law seeks epinephrine expansion Rep. Jacque says he doesn’t expect any difficulties in sending the bill through the proper channels to the governor’s desk
Tougher OWI laws can save lives in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque believes more needs to be done to address drunken driving and repeat offenders who drive under the influence
Republican legislators again focus on banning fetal tissue research in Wisconsin Rep. Jacque says current proposed bill would “have no real effect” on stopping the sale of fetal tissue in the state
Local lawmakers take aim at Gov. Walker's budget plan prior to its release Wednesday Rep. Jacque believes it's important for the state to have a sound plan on investing resources to further assist taxpayers
Bill would block Wisconsin state employees' insurance plans from covering abortion Rep. Jacque says the legislation provides equity so taxpayers are not funding abortions for any group of people in the state
Wisconsin lawmaker proposes Dillon's Law Legislation authored by Rep. Jacque would allow properly-trained individuals to use lifesaving EpiPens anywhere
Several conservative lawmakers from Wisconsin seek change in federal-state relationship Rep. Jacqué penned a letter earlier this month noting the costs and burdens of the federal prevailing wage law.
Frustration over ongoing OWI incidents in Brown County: 'It is maddening' Rep. Jacque says state continues to look for answers on preventing drunk driving occurrences in Wisconsin
Wisconsin lawmakers react to protests over weekend, push for bi-partisan partnerships Rep. Jacque says he has about 40 bills in various stages that he's hoping to find bi-partisan agreement on this session
Editorial: Ten more reasons to go after OWI Rep. Jacque wants to make drunk driving legislation a priority for the 2017 session, require wider use of ignition devices
Lawmakers to propose police K9 bite bill Legislation authored by Rep. Jacque would eliminate mandatory confinement of on-duty police K9s following a dog bite
Wisconsin could lead effort to change states’ subordinate role in the U.S. system of federalism Rep. Jacque takes aim at the Davis-Bacon Act, the 1930s federal “prevailing wage” law, in a letter to U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Local politicians hope to see road repairs and job creation for Wisconsin in 2017 Rep. Jacque says the state needs the younger generation to step in and fill the positions of those who are retiring.
Abortion opponents seek ban after 12 weeks Rep. André Jacque is planning legislation that prohibits UW physicians from doing outside work for abortion providers.
State legislator hopes to make consequences of operating while intoxicated stricter in 2017 Rep. Jacque says he wants to propose more legislation to enforce the current punishments for driving under the influence
Wisconsin legislators asked to reinstate OWI vehicle seizure law replaced in 2009 Rep. Jacque, who has worked to toughen Wisconsin’s drunken driving laws, says reinstatement will be an uphill battle
Wind turbine health impact on county agenda Rep. Jacque will attend Two Rivers City Council meeting and host a listening session to hear from local constituents
Rep. Jacque plans Two Rivers appearance Assemblyman will hold Q-and-A and listening session
Holland Town Board in ATV dispute with DNR Rep. Jacque says he has support for bill that would allow ATVs on municipal roads without meeting DNR trail requirements
Bail set at $100,000 for fatal I-43 hit-and-run Legislation authored by Rep. Jacque closes loophole in state law, holds motorists more accountable for hit-and-run violations
Three Assembly conservatives hit back at Speaker Vos for committee leadership snubs Rep. Jacque says he will wear the punishment of fighting for Wisconsin taxpayers and the pro-life cause as a badge of honor
Inmate assaults Wisconsin correctional officer Rep. Jacque is introducing legislation that would increase penalties for attacks on correctional officers and other protectors
Rep. Jacque commends youth tobacco prevention group at Two Rivers High School Lawmaker discusses impact students can have on their peers
Pro-life group applies for Wisconsin license plate Rep. Jacque introduced a bill in 2014 that would have created similar Choose Life specialty plates
Fond du Lac County officials react to court reversal of underage drinking host ordinance Rep. Jacque has been working on legislation since 2011 to ensure similar ordinances will not be ruled unlawful.
Close loopholes in ignition interlock law Jacque's legislation would strengthen penalties by tying the interlock system to a person's driver's license instead of their car title, and by significantly increasing fines for ignoring the court order.
Ignition interlock legislation in Wisconsin Jacque says increasing the penalties will increase compliance and that is something desperately needed in Wisconsin.
Two Rivers cuts ribbon on harbor project The ceremony was to celebrate the completion of the first phase in redeveloping Harbor Park
Lawmakers React to Standard Pre-Owned As a federal grand jury convened in Milwaukee on Tuesday about the investigation into troubled local car dealer Standard Pre-Owned, legislators are talking about details coming to light. "Everything about the story just shocks me that it was allowed to go on," says Wisconsin Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere)
Local Lawmaker to introduce Protect Our Protectors Bill Jacque says the recent police attacks in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Monday's inmate attack at the Green Bay Correctional Institution prompted him to share the information with the public.
Wisconsin among handful of states not requiring fingerprint criminal background checks for nurses Should nurses seeking a license in Wisconsin undergo a more stringent background vetting process? “It certainly sounds like something worth checking into,” says Rep. Andre Jacque
Wisconsin Legislators, Abortion Groups React to Supreme Court Ruling I’m very deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court would disregard something that is in the best interest for women’s health and safety,” said Rep. Andre Jacques, R-De Pere.
Gov. Walker Signs Bills to Help Domestic and Sexual Assault Victims Senate Bill 351, cosponsored in the Assembly by Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere), helps protect abuse victims by making sure their protection orders remain in effect even if they leave Wisconsin.
Gov. Walker signs bills to aid assault victims Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, said the state will recognize and enforce any restraining orders granted to a victim of trafficking, domestic violence or stalking is granted in other participating states.
Walker signs hit-and-run loophole bill inspired by Green Bay crash As they walked toward Governor Scott Walker's office, the Kennedy family saw their efforts to change state law, come to fruition.
New law requiring all drivers to stop at intersections that have experienced a power failure goes into effect When power is lost at a controlled intersection, drivers should consider these intersections as a 4- way stop, and proceed cautiously when it is safe to do so, while adhering to normal right-of-rules.
‘Finish line in sight’ for family pushing for hit-and-run bill Assembly Bill 201 requires a driver who hits something to get out and investigate what they hit. It’s meant to avoid a situation where someone could hit a person with their vehicle, and use the defense they thought they hit something else.
Local family waits to see if hit-and-run loophole bill will be signed into law Representative André Jacque, R-De Pere, has worked on the bill with the Kennedys, and along with him pushing the Senate, and friends and family of the Kennedys making endless phone calls to lawmakers, the bill is now heading to Governor Walker's desk.
Hit-and-run bill passes Senate vote The bill already passed the State Assembly, and will now go to Gov. Walker’s office. Jacque is confident that Walker will sign the bill into law.
Senate passes hit-and-run bill loophole bill The state Senate passed the hit-and-run loophole bill Tuesday night.
Senate could vote on hit-and-run bill initially left off calendar Jacque says he's cautiously optimistic the bill will be passed Tuesday. Jacque says he was outraged when the bill was left off the initial calendar.
Thumbs Up/Down for Monday, March 7 This legislation, from Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, lets police ask judges for warrants to get blood samples from first-time offenders. Critics argue warrants are supposed to be for crimes and a first offense in Wisconsin remains a civil fine, not a crime.
State Would Take Back Money From High-Balance Food Stamp Accounts Under GOP Bill Jacque has said the bill removes "temptation to fraud" and ensures that benefits don’t go unused.
New law changes first offense OWI protocol This new law will not change the charge for a first offense OWI, but it could be used in any future cases.
Governor closes loophole in first-offense drunk-driving law Jacque says prosecutors and police asked for the change after seeing an increase in drivers refusing the test.
Proposed bill would strip license after 5th OWI "It's a shame that Wisconsin is known as having the highest level of OWI's in the nation," adds Representative Andre Jacque.
Cracking Down on Heroin Behind the Wheel “We want to have more effective prosecution for drugs while driving so we can ultimately get people help” says Jacque.
Bill to ease taxpayer costs for housing prisoners heads to governor Assembly Bill 522 aims to generate additional money for the DOC by charging each person on probation, parole or extended supervision a $3 monthly fee.
Hit and run bill heads to assembly floor The bill was introduced years ago by Representative Andre Jacque, after 20-year-old John Kennedy was hit and killed trying to navigate snow-covered sidewalks in his wheelchair.
New law protects pets of domestic abuse victims A law passed by the Wisconsin Legislature can help victims better protect their pets by allowing the animals to be included in restraining orders. Judges will have the power to create provisions in the order that forbid the abuser from hurting, mistreating, hiding, disposing, removing, or damaging the household pet.
Domestic violence bill protects pets Jacque said surveys show this is a necessary protection. "About 50%, or even 80% in Green Bay, of individuals who have pets delay leaving an abusive situation because of concerns for the pet," he explained.
Several Bills to Enhance Options for Domestic Violence Victims Move Forward Today, the state legislature approved a slate of bills that will give survivors of domestic violence better protections when separating from abusive partners.
‘Safe at Home Act’ keeps addresses of domestic violence victims confidential “It’s an important step to be able to take to allow for individuals to be able to move forward with their lives and remain free from what is otherwise a harassing, intimidating, or manipulative environment,” says State Rep. Andre Jacque,(R) De Pere, who co-sponsored the bill.
Punxsutawney Phil: Friend or foe? A Groundhog Day investigation Three years ago, Rep. Andre Jacque of the Wisconsin legislature introduced a measure to establish a woodchuck shooting season, presenting complaints from farmers and testimonials from hunters touting how tasty the animals can be fried, grilled or prepared in a pressure cooker. The measure failed, however, with push-back from citizens and legislators who characterized hunting groundhogs as a thrill kill.
University of Wisconsin: Abortion is crucial to our ‘life-saving research’ using aborted babies Rep. Jacque told LifeSiteNews that using aborted babies for medical research is "a tremendous affront to human dignity. It's also a shortcoming of medical ethics that it's allowed to occur. One of the standards we have in medicine is that you must have the consent of the patient. In this case, there is no way for valid consent to be given by an unborn child or a guardian acting in the best interest of that child."
OWI consolidation bill proposed A state lawmaker wants to close a loophole in the state's OWI laws.
Bill would combine tracking of snowmobile, car, boat OWIs The bill would link OWI citations and arrests for snowmobiles, boats, ATVs and automobiles, which are not currently tracked together.
Bill would fine parents who host underage drinking parties Rep. André Jacque, R-De Pere, has reintroduced a bill that would prohibit adults from providing alcohol to minors on their property.
Bill would fine parents who host underage drinking parties Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, has reintroduced a bill from last session that would prohibit an adult from "knowingly permitting or failing to take action to prevent" underage drinking on their property.
Lawmaker wants OWI penalties broadened Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere is preparing a bill to let drunk driving arrests for motor vehicles, boats, and snowmobiles be considered together when determining a person's total number of offenses.
Bill would expand consideration of OWI arrests Jacque says the goal is to hold repeat offenders accountable, no matter what they were driving at the time of the offense.
Jacque wants reason for switching judges A proposal from a northeast Wisconsin lawmaker would require people to state a reason for wanting a different judge in a criminal case.
Jacque targets underage drinking hosts Jacque says the state is involved in a "Parents Who Host Lose the Most" campaign every year, and lawmakers should follow that lead.
Legislator works to change hit-and-run-law Jacque's bill would require all drivers who hit something or someone to stop and investigate what they hit.
Push for Ignition Interlock Devices for First-Time-Offenders Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere, author of multiple drunk driving bills, has also introduced legislation to close that loophole.
'Five strikes' OWI bill gains momentum With the bill having had its first hearing, its Assembly sponsors are growing more optimistic the measure will become law. Jacque, R-De Pere, said he expects state Rep. Jim Ott will schedule the Assembly Judiciary Committtee to hear the bill in December
Area lawmaker honored by MADD State Rep. Andre Jacque is being recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his support of legislation aimed at preventing drunk driving-related accidents
Bill aims to fix hit-and-run loophole The Kennedy's have been working with Representative Andre Jacque on the bill, also known as the John Michael 'Mingo' Kennedy Act, for more than two years.
Emotional testimony on hit-and-run, OWI bills Kennedy and his wife Colleen testified in support of a bill from state Representative Andre Jacque (R-DePere) requiring drivers to stop. Jaque said too many don’t. “They don’t turn themselves in,” Jacque said. “They continue to avoid that responsibility.”
Lawmakers hear emotional testimony on "5 strikes and you're out" OWI proposal "I think unless we actually find some way to reverse these trends, we in Wisconsin are being hit culturally with this idea that we are tolerant of drunk driving," said Rep. Andre Jacque (R- De Pere).
Bill aims to fix hit-and-run loophole Drivers would be required to stop and see what they’ve hit under a bill aimed at fixing a loophole in hit-and-run laws
Legislature considers “5 strikes” bill for drunk drivers Assembly Bill 432 is being referred to as “Five Strikes and You’re Out.” It would revoke the driving privileges for 10 years of anyone convicted of OWI five times or more.
State bill would change hit-and-run law Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill to close a loophole in the state’s hit-and-run laws, a loophole exposed by a Green Bay man’s death.
Lawmaker urges committee to OK license revocation bill "I'm sick and tired of seeing on the news, in the paper, some person who's been convicted of seven, eight, nine, 10 OWIs (operating under the influence)," Jacque, R-DePere, said. "We have to show we're going to take this issue seriously in Wisconsin, because right now we don't have credibility on that."
New law lets towns partner on TIF districts Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere worked on the proposal. It will let towns partner with villages and cities to create TIF districts that cross municipal borders.
Area lawmaker wants to eliminate cost of specialty license plates for veterans Jacque's bill would waive the fee and make veterans pay only the basic annual registration costs, which vary according to the types of vehicles they drive.
Bill would provide free military plates to vets Jacque also wants to give all other veterans free military plates. There are currently more than 50 different designs. They would still have to pay their registration fee.
Bill aims to waive cost of specialty license plates for military veterans "If you have a honorably discharged veteran, then any military specialty plate they qualify for, they'd be able to get it at the same cost as a regular license plate," Jacque said.
Wisconsin Assembly to pass measures impacting food assistance Rep. Jacque said there are thousands of people requesting more than four cards per year and can switch PINs in order to defraud the system.
Assembly passes bill targeting high FoodShare balances The state Assembly passed a bill late Tuesday afternoon that would make changes to the state's FoodShare program. About one in seven Wisconsin residents receive FoodShare benefits.
Jacque wants incentive for finding welfare fraud Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere says police and sheriff's departments don't aggressively pursue welfare fraud, because it takes a lot of time, and the recovered money goes back to the federal government. He says local governments should be reimbursed for their efforts.
Proposed bill could help counties investigate welfare fraud An estimate shows the state could lose $1.2 million of revenue if the plan becomes law, but Jacque expects the incentive for counties would increase the amount of money recovered from people abusing the welfare system.
Fighting welfare fraud: New bill offers incentives, hires more investigators and a new prosecutor “Those are dollars that we know, certainly, are going out the door. And if you look at the national level, there’s almost a certain amount of fraud that we’re resigned to accepting within our public benefit programs, and I don’t think that should be the case,” says Jacque, a republican from De Pere.
Welfare fraud investigations costing you big bucks! Wisconsin Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) is gathering support for a bill that allows counties to re-coup about 20-percent of the money they track down.
Welfare fraud busts only 'tip of the iceberg' A proposal introduced Monday might not shrink the stack of files, but it could help the county hire an extra investigator or two to handle the caseload. Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, is introducing legislation that would enable counties to keep 20 percent of the money they save by stopping welfare fraud.
Three of four bills would target FoodShare abuse "It's going to be more difficult for somebody to try to sell their card on the secondary market if it has somebody else's face on that," says Rep. Andre Jacque [(R) - De Pere].
New bill could help target welfare fraud while helping counties "We're only hitting the tip of the iceberg in terms of the fraud that occurs," said Republican representative Andre Jacque of De Pere.
Loving pets help victims escape abuse The bill has already passed the state Senate. It would allow judges to order perpetrators not to "remove, hide, damage, harm, mistreat, or dispose of" household pets. It would also allow victims to retrieve pets from the perpetrators.
Bill would change parental rights for adoptions Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, is sponsoring a bill that would allow birth parents to sign away their rights through a legal affidavit 72 hours after a baby is born.
“Nightmare” adoption experience prompts push for new law De Pere Rep. Andre Jacque says it’s time to bring Wisconsin in line with other states, many of whom don’t require court hearings and allow mothers the option to relinquish rights after 72 hours.
Pass bills that strengthen state's OWI laws Recently, state Reps. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, and Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, authored a bill that would permanently revoke the driver’s license of someone convicted of five OWI offenses.
Wisconsin divided on UW campus safety “Gun free zones don’t actually keep guns out. What we need to do is preserve the ability for individuals to protect themselves and protect others around them,” said Rep. André Jacque (R-DePere), who signed on to co-sponsor the proposed law.
Repeat drunk drivers: "Five Strikes and You're Out" "Once you hit five times - it means you've been driving drunk habitually," said Jacque.
Anti-drunk-driving bill gaining steam Reps. Eric Genrich and Andre Jacque plan to announce that a companion bill to their "five strikes and you're out" bill will be authored in the Senate by Sen. Van Wanggaard, a former police officer.
Bill to Help Domestic Abuse Victims Save Their Pets Gets Closer to Governor's Desk According to Rep. Jacque the bill has already passed the Committee and State Senate, now it needs to be voted on by the Assembly before it can head to the Governor's desk.
New Food Share Bill Could Cut Down on Fraudulent Use “It’s fairly substantial when you have you know between a million and a million and a half dollars uncovered each year in fraud just by our Brown County Sheriff’s Department,”
Pro-Family Organization Announces First-Ever Legislator & Pastor Award WFC President Julaine Appling stated, “We are honored to give our first William Wilberforce Freedom Award to Rep. Jacque. He epitomizes this award. William Wilberforce valued human life and gave himself with abandon to protecting his fellow humans, a position that was not always politically popular.
Bishop Morlino, pro-life leaders support ban of selling fetal body parts The committee adjourned without taking further action on the bill, but Representative Jacque said a committee vote would likely happen before the next Assembly session this fall. He added the full Assembly will likely take up the bill in the next month and a half. Voters are encouraged to contact their representatives, urging them to support this legislation.
Abortion bill stirs medical research debate A Republican-backed bill would ban Wisconsin researchers from using the tissue over the objections of prominent health organizations, biomedical industry advocates and college officials, including the dean of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s medical school.
Scott Walker backs bill to block federal money for Planned Parenthood Gov. Scott Walker says he supports legislation that aims to block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin
Ignition Interlock Law Reforms Needed But it also has incentives - giving first time drunk drivers, who voluntarily have the systems installed in their vehicle, the ability to drive again right away. In turn lowering court costs and hopefully preventing repeat offenders. "Having an interlock device installed actually helps condition drivers to be comfortable driving sober," said Jacque. And that Rep. Jacque says is a good thing, in a state with the highest drunk driving rate in the nation.
Employee Freedom Week Celebrates a Worker's Right to Leave Their Union Assembly Labor Committee Chair Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) told the MacIver Institute. "Our efforts earlier this year will protect workers' freedom of association and ensure that they do not have to join or pay dues to any union organization in order to keep their job."
WCC supports ban on sale, use of fetal body parts Bishop Morlino said that “protecting the ecology of a human being certainly cannot include dismembering it carefully, so that it can be used for research or whatever.”
Local representatives to serve on new task forces Rep. Andre Jacque will take part in the youth workforce readiness task force. He says getting both sides to work together is important and can be done.
Buckley: Maxwell Street Day, Community Care Day nears The Crime Prevention Committee's dunk tank will feature appearances by Police Chief Collins, State Representative Andre Jacque and others.
Wis. Allows Planned Parenthood to Get Millions in Taxpayer Funds Rep. Andre Jacque is circulating legislation that would allow Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans to deny Planned Parenthood Title X funds regardless of what happens at the federal level.
Newsweek: The War on Planned Parenthood is in the States State Rep. Andre Jacque is circulating two bills going after Planned Parenthood's two streams fo funding from the federal government. He said that together they would eliminate half or more of the funding each year that Planned Parenthood gets in Wisconsin.
Lawmakers pass Bucks arena deal, sending it to Gov. Walker without either a referendum component or a substantial decreased state participation there really was a better deal to be had.”
Wisconsin politicians target Planned Parenthood at State, Federal Levels Two proposals would work together to eliminate "half or more of the funding each year that Planned Parenthood gets in Wisconsin." The third is an updated version of a 2013 bill that would ban the "sale, transfer or experimentation" of fetal body parts.
Wisconsin Republicans seek to ban sale of fetal body parts The Wisconsin bill comes as lawmakers and governors in other states have called for investigations into Planned Parenthood following the release of the video from California.
GOP lawmakers make move to ban sale of fetal body parts "It's the whole idea of human dignity and the respectful responsible disposition of human remains," Jacque said.
Strong Stance on Pro-life Bills and Legislation Rep. Andre Jacque is circulating three new bills for sponsorship that put Planned Parenthood and their taxpayer subsidies in the cross-hairs of the Wisconsin legislature.
State Representative Wants to Ban the Sale of Fetal Body Parts "We've seen in the videos that they sought to get around the whole idea of selling the parts by instead trying to to consider it a donation or reimbursement," adds Rep. Jacque.
Legislator looks to cut funding for Planned Parenthood Republican Rep. Andre Jacque is drafting three bills after a secretly recorded video goes public.
De Pere Lawmaker Targets Planned Parenthood "It's really using the the term of reimbursement loosely to arrive at the market place for aborted children's organs," said Jacque.
Jacque pushes bills against Planned Parenthood Rep. Andre Jacque claims the group is over-billing the state, through Medicaid, for drugs it gets at a discount
Political Robocalls Upon Us Once Again Representative Andre Jacque has been leading the charge in Madison against these calls for several years now trying to add political robocalls to the do-not-call list.
Scott Walker Says He’s Not Running On Social Issues, And He Really Isn’t Though Wisconsin State Representative Andre Jacque (R) tells Breitbart News that Walker has been largely supportive of pro-life legislation in his state, it appears Planned Parenthood is still receiving funds there.
Republican legislator to introduce bills defunding Planned Parenthood Jacque said the clinics are significantly overbilling taxpayers because they charge Medicaid a higher price for than they pay for the discounted birth control prescriptions.
5-strikes and you are out OWI bill moving forward Jacque and Genrich also have both signed onto a bill that would allow law enforcement to get a warrant to obtain a blood draw from first-time drunken driving offenders. That measure has been approved in the state Senate but has not been taken up by the Assembly.
West De Pere school aid increase is area's largest Most school districts in the Green Bay area expect to see minor changes in general state aid, according to numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction earlier this month.
Rep Jacque Hails Budget State Rep. André Jacque applauded the passage earlier today of the 2015-’17 biennial budget, highlighting a handful of the provisions included that he requested which will result in very significant taxpayer savings, assist local redevelopment efforts, and enhance public safety, including several proposals he authored in previous sessions
Madison schools ban American Indian team logos State Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, said that not all American Indians reject the mascots. He pointed to Mishicot, a village in his district where local tribe spokesmen have approved of the public school district's mascot — the Indian.
Lawmakers to Propose Tougher First-Time OWI Penalties Jacque is supporting a bill that would change the penalty for first-offense drunk driving from a small fine and no jail time - to a criminal misdemeanor with up to a $500 fine and as much as 30 days in jail.
Reaction to the new Bucks arena So that certainly is a legitimate concern brought to me by my constituents, and I think I’m going to certainly scrutinize this deal very closely now that all the elements are out on the table,” De Pere Republican Rep. Andre Jacque said
Movement aims to protect pets, victims in domestic abuse situations "In approximately half of all domestic abuse cases, it is a significant factor in delaying leaving that very negative situation," Jacque said. "I am very happy that this is an area where there has been very strong and consistent bipartisan support."
State Budget Committee Adopts Rep. Jacque’s Provision on Farm Tractors Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) applauded the unanimous bi-partisan vote by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee in support of his request to ensure that farm tractors may be operated on a roadway without being registered with the Wisconsin Department of Registration if the tractor is used for special occasions such as display, tractor or antique vehicle clubs, parade purposes, and other occasional uses, but not regular daily transportation.
State Democrat wants to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin “Certainly whatever imagined revenue there might be, I think there would be certainly higher costs to society,” said Jacque.
YMCA plans Earth Day event Second Assembly District State Representative Andre Jacque and Senator Devin LeMahieu will hand out free bike helmets for the first 130 kids completing the scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to noon.
Legislation Aims to Close Loophole in Hit and Run Statutes "I think in the end, that's going to be better for everybody involved and certainly the conscious of anybody that's involved in those accidents," says Jacque.
Bill Would Close Loophole in Wisconsin’s Hit and Run Law State Representative Andre Jacque is hoping a proposed bill will close a loophole in the state’s hit and run law. The John Michael “Mingo” Kennedy Act, named after a Green Bay man killed in 2011, would require a driver to stop and investigate what they hit.
Lawmaker wants to make crime of felons owning vicious dogs Rep. Andre Jacque, a De Pere Republican, says Green Bay police are seeing an increase in dog fighting cases and dogs attacking officers.
Lawmaker proposes changes to FoodShare program Jacque is circulating a bill that would put limits on how long people can bank their benefits. “This bill is about program integrity and preserving the program for those who do need it,” Jacque said.
Justices turn away challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law State Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, said the persistent legal challenges by opponents were a waste of time and money. “This was not really an outcome that was in doubt,” said Jacque. “It’s unfortunate that it took this long to get here.”
Senate Sends Bill to Curb Interstate Abuse to Governor’s Desk “We want to thank the sponsors of the legislation, Representative Amy Loudenbeck, Senator Wanggaard, Senator Harsdorf and Representative Jacque. We also thank the survivors of digital abuse who came forward to tell their stories during the legislative process.
Gov. Walker signs right-to-work bill "I think we had time to hear from anybody that wanted to come and speak to us," said Rep. Andre Jacque, a De Pere republican. "We were proactively reaching out to individuals as well and had a lot of great discussions of it and, really, I think cleared up a lot of misunderstandings in the public."
Right to Work Goes to Assembly; Could Become Law This Week The Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing Monday that was dominated by opponents of the bill, which would make it illegal for employers to require workers to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment.
Right-to-work opponents have their say Republican committee chairman Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, said that would only delay the process. Democrats can offer amendments when the measure is up before the full Republican-controlled Assembly, likely on Thursday, but none are expected to be adopted.
Wisconsin Assembly Committee Takes Up Right-to-Work Bill Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week.
Opposition to Energy Mandates Should be Bipartisan It's the right move, and given the considerable flaws of the EPA's so-called "Clean Power Plan," it shouldn't be a partisan issue, either.
Cyber-Harassment Restraining Order Bill State Representative André Jacque who says that justice shouldn't have to end at the state line. It involves threats and harassment from abusers in other states, or cyber-stalkers who stay after victims.
'It's part of our culture' doesn't excuse drunk driving State Reps. Eric Genrich and Andre Jacque said they would propose lifetime license revocation for some people who have five OWI convictions. Each year from 2010 through 2013, more than 800 Wisconsinites were convicted of a fifth offense — or greater — OWI.
Two local lawmakers are looking to crack down on drunk driving in the state “I don’t think anyone should think that we should be patting ourselves on the back if we get this done. I think that’s always the charge we have as legislators is to keep moving the ball in the right direction,” added Rep. Jacque.
Freshman lawmaker, veteran official focused on post-speech action "You can choose to highlight the direction you're going with new initiatives, but we also have a (Walker) budget address coming up soon intended to serve the same purpose," said Jacque, a former transit planning coordinator.
Upskirting Bill on Track to Ensure Privacy “It really is just clarifying what a lot of people already have an expectation of under current law," said Jacque. "I do expect the bill will see final passage later this month."
Bill targets 'upskirting' A proposal would make it easier to prosecute people in the state, if they're taking pictures of others under their clothing, without their consent.
Pregnant woman challenging Wisconsin protective custody law "It's not meant to be hostile to women," he said, but if the lawsuits expose some problems administering the law, that could be addressed. "But scrapping the whole law? That's a very strong overreach," he said.
Bill would end police and fire fee Rep. Jacque says 75-cent phone charge is an unfair tax, proposes bill to eliminate fee