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Senate committee holds public hearing on bills fighting heroin abuse

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill aimed at combatting heroin use is the subject of a public hearing Wednesday by a state Senate committee.

It would require the Department of Corrections to set up a formal system of penalties short of prison for offenders who violate their parole or probation.

The measure's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren, says faster sanctions would help heroin addicts get treatment quicker.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in February.

Approval would clear the way for a vote in the full Senate on April 1, the last day the chamber is scheduled to convene before the two-year legislative session ends.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)