Senator Darling shares a laugh with Senator Kathleen Vinehout
The Wisconsin State Senate had a very busy agenda this week. We finished up the Special Session by passing two more bills in the HOPE Agenda to fight opioid addiction. I am proud to stand with Representative Nygren in his efforts to address the heroin epidemic.
HOPE agenda is a sea-change in how we deal with addictions and drug crimes. Wisconsin is definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to fighting and the two bills we passed this week will help save lives.
Here's a brief summary of this week's action:
Good Samaritan Law Expansion
(Special Session Assembly Bill 3) - Part of the HOPE Agenda. Too often addicts won't call 9-1-1 even when a friend is overdosing for fear they will be arrested. This bill expands our current 911 Good Samaritan law to protect the person experiencing an overdose.
Emergency Detention (Special Session Assembly Bill 5) - I co-authored this important bill will help family members get help for their loved ones before they can get them into rehab. The bill
allows for the emergency detention of an individual who suffers from addiction and is a danger to himself or others. Also part of the HOPE Agenda.
Senate Bill 58
) - I'm proud to be a co-author of this bill by Senator Leah Vukmir. From 2013 to 2015, carjackings went up by 50%. It's clear currently law is providing enough punishment for carjacking. This bill increases penalties for the crime and increases penalties for repeat offenders. The bill was approved by the Senate 25-7 and now heads to the State Assembly.
School Choice Improvements
Senate Bill 293
) A bi-partisan bill that will protect children by adding background checks for choice school employees. It will also help prevent fly-by-night choice schools.
Credit Card Skimming
Senate Bill 133
) - Our state is seeing a rise in credit card skimming, but our laws didn't specifically target this crime. This bill provides serious penalties for skimming credit cards and allows our prosecutors to put these criminals behind bars.
Easing Cosmetology Licensing (Senate Bill 108 and Senate Bill 109) We are one of the few states that require continuing education for barbers and cosmetologists. Those requirements are preventing many talented people from working in our state. These bills make our state more competitive.