Madison – Today Governor Scott Walker signed two bills authored by Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) into law at the State Capitol. The first bill authored by Jagler, Assembly Bill 488, sets up an avenue for parties concerned about a potentially dangerous mental health crisis to petition a judge for an emergency detention if they believe that law enforcement or a county has incorrectly denied one.
“This bill provides one final check on the system by allowing relatives who believe a loved one could be a danger to themself or others to have their voices heard,” Jagler said. “Desperate families need to know that their concerns will be listened to.”
The bill was one of over a dozen pieces of legislation developed based on recommendations from the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health, a bipartisan group of 11 legislators including Jagler that travelled throughout the state in order to hear testimony from over 70 experts. "Reforming our mental health system isn’t a Republican issue or a Democrat issue; it’s a Wisconsin issue. I am proud that we were able to work together on these bills,” said Jagler.
Governor Walker also signed Assembly Bill 552, which Jagler authored with Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), into law. This legislation brings Wisconsin’s dentistry statutes in line with the majority of other states by clarifying the procedures that a dentist can perform. Both Jagler bills passed through the legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.