Bills Targeting Public Safety and Government Efficiency Head to Governor
Two of my bills to protect the public and improve government efficiency cleared their last legislative hurdles this week, and are now on their way to the Governor to be signed into law.
When two sex offenders were housed next to 11-year old twin girls, I was shocked. Many communities have sex offender residency restrictions, but many fall short. Assembly Bill 497 sets boundaries for housing sexual offenders, requires they be housed in their home county and makes it more difficult to evade local restrictions. This bill passed the Assembly on February 9 and was approved by the Senate on February 16. Assembly Bill 633 is also on its way to Governor Walker after being approved by the Senate this week on a bipartisan vote. I authored this bill to ease the public’s access to vital records, like birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, etc. Under current law, a person would have to travel county to county to obtain copies of those records. Thanks to new technology, most counties have access to a state database of these records. This bill allows any county to provide copies of vital records no matter where the event occurred. I am pleased this bill passed with unanimous support in both the Assembly on February 9 and the Senate on February 16.
These bills now head to Governor Walker and I look forward to them being signed into law shortly.