Assembly won't vote on 17 year-old juvenile offender bill Tues. - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Assembly will not vote on 17 year-old juvenile offender bill next Tuesday


MADISON (WKOW) -- Under a bill heard by Senate and Assembly committees on Thursday, 17 year-old non-violent criminal offenders would be prosecuted as juveniles instead of adults.
"There is a significant cost component back on to the local governments on that issue that we're gonna have to look at and address," said Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee).

Rep. Richards isn't alone in those concerns.  Despite the Assembly Committee on Corrections passing AB 387 forward, it isn't on the full Assembly agenda for next Tuesday and may not be until January.  A spokesperson for Speaker Robin Vos says he is still reviewing the bill.

"Another issue I want to address is if someone comes into the system at 16 or 17 and they do have a sentence, that that sentence can be carried out," said Rep. Richards.  "So that we make sure that we have sanctions in place so that we're gonna be tough on meaningful on people who sometimes commit very serious offenses."

Rep. Richards speaks about that and his run for Attorney General on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.   Ernie Wittwer is also on the program.  He is running as a Democrat in the 17th Senate District, a seat currently held by Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center).

"He's on the wrong side of a lot of issues," said Wittwer.  "The Voter ID law that you just talked about is an example of that.  The ultrasound law is another example."

Wittwer says he hopes to turn the district blue and is encouraged by President Obama and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) winning the district in 2012.

"Its the bottom of the ticket where we've been leaning a bit more to the conservative side and I think we just have to get the message out to people that there's a consequence to accepting those conservative policies," said Wittwer.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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