NEW INFORMATION: Senate committee approves heroin bill

By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email
By: Jessica Bringe and AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to combat heroin use.

The measure would require the Department of Corrections to set up a formal system of quick sanctions short of prison for offenders who violate their parole or probation. The measure's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren, says faster sanctions would help heroin addicts get treatment quicker.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in February. The Senate's public safety committee approved it 5-0 on Wednesday, clearing the way for a full vote in the Senate.

The chamber's last scheduled floor period before the two-year legislative session ends is Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he intends to bring the bill up for a vote then.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Senate committee is set to hold a public hearing on a bill to combat heroin use.

The measure would require the Department of Corrections to set up a formal system of quick sanctions short of prison for offenders who violate their parole or probation. The measure's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren, says faster sanctions would help heroin addicts get treatment quicker.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in February. The Senate's public safety committee has scheduled a public hearing and a vote on the measure for Wednesday morning.

Approval would clear the way for a vote in the full Senate on April 1, the last day the chamber is scheduled to convene before the two-year legislative session ends.


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