- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to combat heroin use.

The measure would require the Department of Corrections to set up a formal system of quick sanctions 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. The Senate’s public safety committee approved it 5-0 on Wednesday, clearing the way for a full vote in the Senate.

The chamber’s last scheduled floor period before the two-year legislative session ends is Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he intends to bring the bill up for a vote then.

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