June 23, 2017

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The Week in Review

Protecting Consumers, Prosecuting Dealers

The Assembly capped off a 12 hour floor session shortly after 1 am on Wednesday morning addressing important issues that aim to protect consumers and prosecute drug dealers.

The marathon session day included passage of Assembly Bill 335, making the production, sale or distribution of fentanyl, a felony carrying a prison sentence of up to 15 years and could include a fine of $50,000.

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic drug used by drug dealers to increase the longevity of heroin. The drug has been linked to multiple deaths related to drug overdose over the last couple months in the Milwaukee area.

This bill will provide another tool for law enforcement to prosecute dealers and prevent this harmful drug from taking more lives in Wisconsin.

In addition to combatting the distribution of illegal drugs, the Assembly addressed consumer protection on Wednesday evening; consumers will now be protected from criminals who use credit card skimmers to steal financial information from credit and debit card users.

Over the last couple years many consumers have fallen victim to credit card skimmers, a small internal or external device most often placed on gas pumps to steal credit card numbers and other personal debit information. Skimmers have been found in more than 20 municipalities in Wisconsin and hundreds across the country.

Assembly Bill 196 provides another tool for law enforcement to protect consumers making it a felony for possession or use of a credit card skimming device. This legislation will ensure that criminals are prosecuted and consumers are protected from this form of financial theft.

As the legislative session moves forward, the Assembly GOP will continue tackling important issues that impact the 21st Assembly District. 

Have a great weekend!

Kwik Trip Grand Opening

This week, I was honored to share in the grand opening of the new Kwik Trip; their third location in Oak Creek.

Oak Creek has become a popular destination for many companies both large and small. From manufacturers such as Master Lock, to retailers like IKEA who will open their doors next summer, Oak Creek is an attractive destination for businesses to prosper and for families to call home.

We are proud that Wisconsin companies like Kwik Trip realize the benefit of expanding here in Oak Creek, creating jobs for local residents and further supporting the economy in Southeastern Wisconsin!



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