It has been an exciting few weeks here at the Capitol as
five of our bills were passed through the Assembly.
These bills, when signed into law, will undoubtedly
bring reform to the state of Wisconsin in a variety of
ways. In this e-update, you will find summaries of the
legislation which has passed the Assembly and
Historic Farm Freedom Act Vote
We are very pleased to announce that the Assembly joined the Senate in
passing the “Farm Freedom Act” with historic unanimous support. This bill,
if signed into law, will legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in
Industrial hemp is a crop that possesses no psycho-active effects.
Its return to Wisconsin as a cash crop would open up a multitude of
opportunities for our state in both the agricultural and manufacturing
industries, especially in rural Wisconsin. We already import half a billion
in industrial hemp manufacturing components and consumer products annually,
and it's time these goods were grown in and made in Wisconsin.
The bill now sits on the governor's desk, and we eagerly await it to be
signed into law. This would enable Wisconsin to join the thirty one other
states that have removed barriers to industrial hemp growth and production
so that we can start to reap the benefits as soon as possible.
Solving Our Volunteer Fire &
Our bipartisan “Rural Fire & EMS Reforms Package” also passed the Assembly.
This package consists of three bills that will expand Emergency Medical
Services for communities across the state, with no additional cost to
Here are brief summaries of each bill in the package:
AB310: Provides access to current state
funding for entry level EMS responders (EMR's) to help remove training and
equipment cost burdens that often prevent volunteers from entering this
AB311: Allows an EMT or paramedic to
fully practice at their licensed level instead of being arbitrarily capped
at their ambulance agency's license level, giving the opportunity for a
higher level of service in rural areas to those in need.
AB356: Establishes a more flexible
timeline to complete continuing education to renew one's EMS license.
Currently, Wisconsin functions under a 2 year model. Under this bill our
state would be extended to a 3 year system, striking a common sense balance
between ensuring adequate refresher coursework and creating less burden on
our current EMS volunteers and new recruits.
As a volunteer EMT, I was proud to champion these rural issues and be the
voice of the volunteer firefighter and EMT community.
Body Camera Standards Bill
The “Body Camera Bill”, another reform-minded piece of legislation, was also
passed by the Assembly! AB 351 ensures that where there is an expectation of
privacy, victims and witnesses must give permission before police body
camera footage could be released to the public. Folks who find themselves in
their worst moments, such as cases of domestic abuse or sexual assault,
should not have that experience replayed for all to see, especially with the
prevalence of videos going viral on social media.
This bill has support from law enforcement agencies across the state.
Additionally, Governor Walker has voiced his support of this bill, saying
that there should be a clear set of statewide rules in place to protect the
privacy rights of Wisconsin citizens. We are looking forward to seeing the
bill move through the Senate.
For more information about the bill, watch
Rep. Kremer talks about bill to
regulate police body cameras
Gun Deer Season
Wisconsin's 9 day gun deer season began this past weekend. Be sure to get
out and enjoy one of our state’s longstanding traditions. Good luck hunters!