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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly OKs parolee sanctions bill

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 7:08 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would create a formal system of short-term sanctions for convicts who violate parole or probation.

The Department of Corrections currently imposes sanctions short of prison that range from treatment to jail time. The bill would require the agency to consider a number of factors when imposing the sanctions, including the level of intensity needed, imposing quick consequences and ensuring a minimal impact on an offender's job and family.

The bill's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren of Marinette, introduced the proposal as part of a series of bills designed to combat heroin abuse, saying the new system could help addicts get treatment faster.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 9:46 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to take up a bill that would create a formal system of short-term sanctions for convicts who violate parole or probation.

The Department of Corrections currently has sanctions in place ranging from travel restrictions to participating in treatment to jail time. The bill would require the agency to consider a number of factors when imposing the sanctions, including the level of intensity needed, giving offenders quick consequences and ensuring a minimal impact on an offender's job and family.

The bill's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren of Marinette, introduced the proposal as part of a series of bills designed to combat heroin abuse, saying the new system could help addicts get treatment faster.

The Assembly was set to vote on the bill Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 4:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed four bills designed to combat heroin use and help those who are addicted.

The bills approved Tuesday have all previously passed unanimously in the Assembly. They now head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

One proposal would permit all emergency responders with training to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.

Another would guarantee a measure of immunity for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose.

A third bill would allow municipalities to hold prescription drug collection drives.

And a fourth would require identification to obtain prescription drugs containing narcotics.

All four were introduced by Rep. John Nygren, a Republican from Marinette, whose daughter has struggled with heroin addiction.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 6:38 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to vote on passing four bills designed to combat heroin use and help those who are addicted.

The bills up for a vote Tuesday have all previously passed unanimously in the Assembly. Once they clear the Senate the measure will go to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

One proposal would permit all emergency responders with training to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.

Another would guarantee a measure of immunity for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose.

A third bill would allow municipalities to hold prescription drug collection drives.

And a fourth would require identification to obtain prescription drugs containing narcotics.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 6:26 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin legislator has introduced two more bills designed to combat heroin abuse.

Republican Rep. John Nygren's daughter has been struggling with heroin and nearly died of an overdose. Earlier this month the Assembly passed a package of Nygren-authored legislation that would allow all emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts overdoses, guarantee immunity for anyone who reports an overdose, allow municipal prescription drug collection drives and require identification to obtain prescription drugs containing narcotics.

His new bills would require the state Department of Health Services to create regional opiate treatment centers in underserved areas and create a system of graduated sanctions for people who violate the conditions of their release in hopes of getting addicts treatment faster.

Nygren is seeking co-sponsors for the bills.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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