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Rep. Goyke Testifies In Support of Problem-Solving Courts Legislation

Assembly Bills 51 and 52 will benefit Wisconsin’s court system and those whom they serve by providing greater access to treatment while maintaining high quality standards to ensure the program’s success.

By - Sep 10th, 2015 03:45 pm

MADISON – Today State Rep. Evan Goyke testified before the Wisconsin State Assembly Corrections Committee in support of Assembly Bill 51 and Assembly Bill 52. These important non-partisan pieces of legislation are products of the work done by the 2014 Legislative Study Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, Alternatives, and Diversions.

The study committee met five times from June to October of 2014 and were assigned the task of reviewing the effectiveness of the 50+ specialty courts operating in Wisconsin. The committee received testimony from numerous treatment court professionals and judges from across the state who provided information about OWI treatment courts, drug and alcohol treatment courts, veterans’ courts, and mental health courts.

Assembly Bills 51 and 52 will benefit Wisconsin’s court system and those whom they serve by providing greater access to treatment while maintaining high quality standards to ensure the program’s success.

Following today’s public hearing Rep. Goyke stated, “I was proud to testify today on behalf of the study committee members in support of Assembly Bill 51 and Assembly Bill 52. I have seen firsthand how treatment courts can save lives and make our communities safer, while saving taxpayer dollars. I was happy to see other stakeholders testify in support of the legislation. They applauded the work performed by the study committee and echoed the need for these pieces of legislation to be passed and signed into law.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Corrections Committee and statewide stakeholders to have both bills voted out of committee and brought before the Assembly for consideration.”

All committee materials and completed drafts of the recommendations can be found on the Wisconsin Legislative Council website: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lc/

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