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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Statement on 2013-2015 State Budget Signed by Governor Walker


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement after Governor Walker today signed the 2013-2015 state budget:


“I commend Governor Walker for signing a budget passed by the Legislature that reflects a strong commitment to public safety, crime victims, and fiscal responsibility.  From a justice standpoint, this is an historic budget in many respects, including the additional resources to combat child sex trafficking, the commitment of general purpose revenue to provide services to crime victims, and the implementation of a DNA-at-arrest program that fairly balances public safety and privacy concerns. I applaud these measures, and appreciate the confidence shown in the Department of Justice to assume many of the functions formerly carried out by the Office of Justice Assistance.


I would finally like to acknowledge the Governor for his veto of the bail bonds provision. Throughout the past weeks, he has listened to my concerns, the concerns of the law enforcement community and the concerns of many others, and made the decision that our current system in not broken and does not need to be fixed by legislating bail bonds into existence.  Thank you, Governor Walker.”