[Madison, WI] –Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the
following statement today:
“In light of the events that have transpired this week in Kenosha, the senate will
convene a special session of the legislature on Monday, August 31st
“In addition to the series of bills that Governor Evers has asked the legislature to
consider, Senator Wanggaard of Racine has released a package of bills aimed at
increasing transparency and community involvement into law enforcement. Combined
with the newly-created Speaker’s Task Force on the topic, there will be dozens of
proposals that the legislature will work through in the coming months.
“I would also like to see legislation developed that creates enhanced penalties for
violence perpetrated against police, firefighters, and EMT’s. The riots in Kenosha and
Madison this week further demonstrated that first responders are performing their public
service duties at great risk to their personal safety.
“We look forward to a productive dialogue on how to improve law enforcement
standards while at the same time ensuring police officers have the resources they need
to keep our communities safe.”