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May 28th, 2021


This Week in the Legislature


Contents

  • Happy Memorial Day
  • Criminal Justice Committee Meeting
  • Budget Survey
  • Vaccine Information

Happy Memorial Day

On Memorial Day we honor the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. These heroes dedicated their lives to protect our nation's freedom. They put serving our country first.

It is important that we take the opportunity to pause and recognize the sacrifices that have been made by our military service members. Our freedom is not free. Our freedom comes from the brave Americans that have answered the call to defend and fight for our freedom since the founding of the United States.

On Memorial Day we give meaning to their sacrifice, with remembrance. Thank you to all of our fallen heroes, we will not forget your sacrifice.


Criminal Justice Committee Meeting

The Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, of which I am a member, heard testimony on a package of bills which stem from a report by the Speaker’s Task Force Subcommittee on Law Enforcement Policies and Standards. Below are a summary of the proposals:

Assembly Bill 329 will increase transparency and better inform policy decisions moving forward by mandating the state Department of Justice (DOJ) collect statistics about the use of no-knock warrants throughout Wisconsin.

Assembly Bill 330 brings uniformity to the training of school resource officers (SROs) by mandating a statewide training program approved through the state’s DOJ. DOJ will also keep data on SRO assignments and when training was completed by officers.

Assembly Bill 331 would require the Law Enforcement Safety Board (LESB) to conduct pre-employment psychological examinations of potential law enforcement officers.

Assembly Bill 332 mandates Wisconsin law enforcement officers undergo four hours of crisis management training on a two year basis. Officers already undergo 24 hours of recertification training per year.

Assembly Bill 333 updates an existing grant program to encourage collaborations between law enforcement and mental health crisis teams with the aim to incentivize alternative response strategies.  

Assembly Bill 334 requires law enforcement agencies to adopt policies mandating officer alcohol and drug testing following instances where significant injury or death resulted, or their firearm was discharged.
 

Assembly Bill 335 provides grant funding to law enforcement agencies that would like to start or expand a body cam program within their department.

Finally, I voted to advance Assembly Bill 69 which reforms the practice of expungement of criminal records. Having a criminal record can dramatically affect an individuals housing and employment prospects. Individuals with non-violent low level offenses should be able to get a second chance. The bill advanced out of committee on a final unanimous bipartisan vote of 14-0.   


Spring Surveys

A reminder that my spring surveys have been sent out. These surveys are valuable for me as your state legislator because it gives me your input and feedback to ensure your interests are being met at the state capitol. 

I am encouraging all of my constituents to take the time to fill out the survey and send it back to my office. If you want to save a stamp, you can also fill out the survey online at the link here.


Vaccine Information

For all full list of vaccine sites statewide please click the vaccine finder link here.


Have a Great Weekend!
As always, please do not hesitate to follow up with any additional questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 237-9151.

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