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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cracking Down on Drunk Driving

Yesterday the Assembly passed two bills related to OWI law. Both of these bills previously came through the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee of which I am the Chair.




The first bill, AB15 addresses first time offenders. Under current law an individual charged with a first time offense does not necessarily need to appear in court. AB15 will mandate that individuals charged with a first time offense will now have to physically appear in a courtroom. I think this is an important change which will hopefully impress upon the charged individual the significance of the offense.


Additionally, the Assembly also passed AB17 which establishes a minimum sentence of five years for an offense resulting in homicide while intoxicated. The court will still have discretion to hand out a lower sentence if it’s in the best interest of the community and the public will not be harmed. However, the court will need to write out their findings and place them in the public record if they choose to issue a lower sentence. At the end of the day individuals need to be held accountable for their actions, especially when the loss of a life is involved.


Combating Homelessness

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Last session the Legislature created the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). Following the creation of the ICH the council began work on a statewide policy with the aim of preventing and ending homelessness in Wisconsin. This past week the Assembly passed a legislative package of eight bills which stems from the recommendations contained within the ICH report entitled “A Hand and a Home: Foundations for Success”. We’ve taken steps in the right direction, I’m excited to see more progress once the recommendations are implemented.

Free Pool Day!

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Kaiser, Memorial, and Schulenburg community pools in Wausau will be open for a free swim day this Saturday, June 22nd. The free swim day is sponsored by Marshfield Clinic and Security Health Plan. To learn more you can visit this page or find the event on Facebook.




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