Gov. Walker Signs Package of Anti-heroin Bills

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin law enforcement groups are applauding the governor's signing of seven bills that target the state's heroin epidemic.

Gov. Scott Walker signed four of the bills, dubbed Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education or HOPE, into law Monday. Walker planned to sign all seven bills later in the day. All seven bills were authored by Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

The bills already signed increase state funding for heroin treatment programs and grant immunity to anyone who calls 911 to report a drug overdose.

Walker also signed a bill that will create regional drug treatment facilities and a bill that creates a system of short-term sanctions for parole and probation violators.

The signing came as little surprise after all seven bills found widespread support and passed both state houses unanimously.


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