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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement regarding the passage of Senate Bill 533 by the Wisconsin State Senate:
I applaud the State Senate for passing this public safety legislation that authorizes the Department of Justice to create the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. I also want to thank State Senator Jeff Plale for authoring and shepherding this legislation in the Senate.
Public safety should be the number one priority for state and local governments. While the state and local governments are facing budget shortfalls, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network is an example of creative thinking that allows us to achieve public safety goals efficiently and effectively without creating new tax burdens. We can solve more crimes, prevent more criminal activity, and safely recover more endangered missing children and adults - all without raising taxes or imposing involuntary fees.
The Crime Alert Network proposal has received strong support from the lawmakers, law enforcement, and the business community. I am optimistic that this support will continue and the State Assembly will pass this legislation before this session adjourns.
For more information about how the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network would operate, please see Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's testimony submitted to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing at