Northeast Wisconsin GOP Assemblymembers Talk Criminal Justice Reform, MarijuanaSubmitted: 02/18/2019
Northeast Wisconsin GOP Assemblymembers Talk Criminal Justice Reform, Marijuana
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen

WAUSAU, WISCONSIN - In anticipation of Gov. Evers budget proposal, local assembly Republicans unveiled their budget initiatives to improve the safety of our communities. It was just one announcement of many done across the state by GOP representatives. Rep. Patrick Snyder (R-Schofield) said both Republicans and Democrats agree that criminal justice reform is a must for the upcoming budget. 

They had four initiatives for Evers" quicker access to a fair trial, expanding treatment programs for offenders with substance abuse, investing in retention of correctional officers, and promoting inmates' successful transition back into society. 

Gov. Evers announced Monday morning that he wants to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize the possession of 25 grams or less. Snyder wants more information than just a press release before they back Evers plan.

"I'd like to see [how] the wording goes on that, I know our caucus is open to hear about that. For some of the other stuff we just have to see how it is actually laid out on the bill," said Snyder.

Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) said he also wants to wait to see the entire proposal.

"We've spent quite a significant amount of money on treatment and diversion programs in the last six years throughout our state budgets. I would hope that as a big policy item like that works through the system, that it's a stand-alone bill not tucked away in the state budget," said Krug.

Evers is expected to release his budget on Feb. 28th. His marijuana proposals are expected to be a part of the package.

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