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Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin Introduced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Saturday, 21 September 2019 16:04

medical-marijuanaThe bill provides a legal path to vital medicine for those with debilitating illness.

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Trump’s Economy Presents Opportunity for Democrats in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:05

high-voltage-lines-farmsNew poll shows that, while Trump likes to brag about low unemployment numbers and sinking poverty rates, Wisconsin voters aren’t personally feeling the effects of a so-called strong economy. Trump’s agenda is leaving middle-class working Wisconsinites behind.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:49
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Interlock Ignition Device Demo Provided at Bay View Bash PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Saturday, 21 September 2019 09:36

drunk-driving-crashDrunk driving prevention device is about the size of a cell phone and are wired to your vehicle's ignition.


MILWAUKEE – In continued efforts to address drunk driving in Wisconsin, State Senator Chris Larson announced an opportunity for individuals to try an Interlock Ignition Device while neighbors attend the Bay View Bash this weekend.

Interlock Ignition Devices, or IIDs, are about the size of a cell phone and are wired to your vehicle's ignition. After installation, the IID requires your breath sample before the engine will start. If the IID detects alcohol on your breath, the engine will not start.

One portable IID device, provided by Smart Start Inc., will be available at Bay View Bash. Senator Larson invites all to stop by his table and have a discussion with him about our state.

When: Saturday, September 21st

Time: Tabling 11am to 5pm

IID Demonstrations 1pm to 3pm

Where: Bay View Bash (between Potter and Clement on Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View, Milwaukee)

Like most Wisconsinites, Senator Larson’s life has been permanently affected by a drunk driver: on Christmas Eve 1998, he found out his good friend and classmate at Thomas More High School, Jennie, had been killed by a drunk driver. It was a horrible - and preventable - tragedy.

Wisconsin is the only state in the country that treats OWI first offense as a civil forfeiture and not as a crime. Senator Chris Larson has sponsored Senate Bills 58 and 198 this session that would decrease repeat drunk driving through requiring the use of ignition interlock devices for first time OWI offenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the use of IIDs reduces OWI recidivism by 67% and over a 12 year period has prevented 302,181 drunk driving attempts in Wisconsin.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 September 2019 09:45
 
National Prescription Drug Reform Bill Could Lower Prices PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin Press   
Saturday, 21 September 2019 09:27

drug-costMILWAUKEE - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a bold new proposal Thursday to curb prescription medicine prices through negotiations, new penalties for non-compliant drug companies and international price indexing.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig made the following statement in response to the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) announcement:

robert_kraig“We’ve heard a lot of promises from politicians about lowering drug prices, but so far there’s been limited meaningful action at the Federal level. Speaker Pelosi’s H.R. 3 is a major step in the right direction. It would require prescription drug corporations to actually negotiate drug prices with government or pay a penalty. The proposal also levels the playing field between the cost of medicines in the United States and other comparable nations, where people pay much less for the same drugs. While it doesn’t solve every problem, this bill is great news for millions of people in our state and around the country who struggle to afford medicine because the drug corporations have kept prices high and put medicine out of reach for patients. Every lawmaker in Congress should stand up in support of this critical first step to comprehensive prescription drug reform.”

 
Opposition to Trump Solidifies as Voters See Economic Slippage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities USA Press   
Friday, 20 September 2019 10:50

donald-trumpRespondents report being unsatisfied with the economic conditions, saying they are not personally benefiting from his economic policies. Many feel Trump not responsive on issues of concern to them.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2019 13:19
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Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Friday, 20 September 2019 09:58

corey-lewandowskiWASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats are pressuring House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to hold Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress after the former Trump campaign manager stonewalled lawmakers during his testimony earlier in the week.

“He operated in contempt of Congress, and yes, I believe he should be” held in contempt. “And I’ve expressed that to the chair,” Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), a member of the Judiciary panel, told The Hill on Thursday.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 September 2019 10:40
 
Republican Inaction Ignores Urgency of Gun Violence Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Friday, 20 September 2019 09:00

sikh_funeral_nwsExtreme risk laws are proven to have saved lives in other states.

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Gov. Evers Announces Homelessness Project Grant Awardees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:35

homeless$500,000 in grants to 13 different agencies across Wisconsin to help people experiencing homelessness.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2019 16:04
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Bill Would Confront Violence Against Native Women PDF Print E-mail
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Written by End Domestic Abuse WI, Jenna Gormal   
Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:55

indigenous-women-missingMurder is the third leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaskan Native Women, and they are subjected to higher levels of violence, including trafficking, sexual assault, domestic abuse and homicide, than virtually any other group in the United States.

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Legislators Seek Debate on Death with Dignity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 19 September 2019 09:46

critical-illness

End-of-Life Options Act would allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults with less than six months to live the ability to end life on their own terms.

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Risk Protection Order Legislation to Prevent Suicide and Gun Violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 19 September 2019 08:33

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Gov. Evers, Attorney General Kaul join Rep. Sargent and Sen. Taylor in supporting extreme risk protection orders


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul today joined Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) to announce LRB-4383, a bill creating an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) process, which offers families and law enforcement officers the opportunity to act swiftly by seeking temporary removal of firearms by a judge when they believe someone is at risk of harming themselves or others. They released the following statements:

Gov. Evers: “It’s time to listen to the will of the people who overwhelmingly want elected officials to start taking gun violence seriously for our kids, our communities, and our state. In a state where nearly three of four gun deaths are suicide, having an ERPO process could be an important tool in helping us address firearm-related suicides in Wisconsin, and to intervene to get folks in crisis the help and treatment they need.”

Attorney General Kaul: “Law enforcement officers protect and serve communities across Wisconsin. We need to ensure that, when necessary, they have tools available to intervene and prevent tragedies. This legislation empowers law enforcement officers, as well as family and household members, with a tool they can use to take action—and potentially save lives—when people exhibit warning signs showing that they present a threat to the safety of themselves or others.”

Rep. Sargent: “Everyone in our state deserves to live without the fear of gun violence, and without losing a loved one to suicide. Yet, for far too many people here in Wisconsin, our lives continue to be affected by the tragedies of firearm-related deaths. Continued inaction is complacency, and we cannot continue to stand idly by as our communities struggle to adapt to a world in which gun violence is accepted as the new norm. We know that Extreme Risk Protection Orders have saved the lives of many innocent men, women, and children in other states—the time for Wisconsin to act is now, and I am proud to introduce this life saving piece of legislation in our state.”

Background on LRB-4383:

Under current law, a person against whom a domestic abuse or child abuse injunction has been granted is subject to automatic firearm surrender and are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. The proposed legislation mirrors this existing temporary restraining order (TRO) and injunction processes.

Under the proposed ERPO process, if a person is likely to injure themselves or another person, a family member, a household member, or a law enforcement officer may petition to temporarily prevent the person from possessing a firearm. A court would issue the TRO and subsequent injunction based on the court finding reasonable grounds that the person is substantially likely to injure the respondent or another person if they possess a firearm. Under the legislation, the ERPO injunction would be effective for up to one year and could be extended by petition if the court believes the person continues to be at risk for injuring themselves or another person.

17 other states and the District of Columbia have implemented ERPO laws similar to today's proposal and have been successful in preventing deaths.

Find a copy of LRB-4383 here.

 
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