November 20, 2017


Greetings


Friends,

 

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 Legislature.

Sincerely,


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 Wisconsin.

 

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 & EMS Shortage


 

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 taxpayers.

 

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 critical field.

 

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.

 

 

Law Enforcement 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 this video: Rep. Kremer talks about bill to regulate police body cameras

 


Gun Deer Season Underway


 

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!

 

 


 
     


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State Capitol, Room 17 West
P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708
Email: Rep.Kremer@legis.wi.gov
Phone: (608) 266-9175
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