Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Some Wisconsin lawmakers have advocated for broader DNA collection, but it's come with a steep price tag. Now, they hope a new federal law could help.
Wisconsin doesn’t collect DNA from people arrested for felonies—only from those convicted. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the state Legislature to change that. In a submitted column, Van Hollen wrote: “With a simple swab inside of an individual’s cheek to obtain a DNA sample, Wisconsin can do more to bring justice to victims and protect our citizens from offenders whose crimes have gone unsolved.” Van Hollen wants the number of offender profiles in the state’s DNA databank expanded, and for law enforcement to get additional samples by collecting DNA from people arrested for felonies and some misdemeanors, and from those convicted of any misdemeanor offense. The change would bring Wisconsin in line with the federal …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
To avoid confusion on whether or not Act 10 is in effect, J.B. Van Hollen is asking the court for a stay while the case is being appealed.
As expected, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Tuesday filed a motion to stay the latest decision about Act 10, the collective bargaining law. Last Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled that parts of Act 10 are unconstitutional because the law violates the guarantee of freedom of speech and citizens' freedom of association. Colas also determined that Act 10 does not offer equal protection under the law because it creates a separate class of state workers. In his motion to the Dane County Circuit Court, Van Hollen outlines his belief that the decision will be overturned on appeal. Until the appellate court rules, Van Hollen believes a stay is appropriate to avoid any confusion for municipalities and school districts that …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's guest column addresses the many kinds of heroism displayed after a shooter opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
On Sunday, August 5th, the world was stunned as news spread that a gunman had opened fire on worshippers and law enforcement at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It was a moment in our state's history that we will never forget. Questions about motive still remain and may never be fully answered, but this column is not about the evil of one man. This column is about the strength and dignity of a community. For as sure as we bear witness to the suffering inflicted that day, we also bear witness to the triumph of courage and service over hatred. The heroism started as soon as the first bullet was fired, when many risked--and some lost--their lives to save others. The heroism continued, as people gathered outside of the temple …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Party leaders and delegates offer up some advice for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on what will be the biggest speech of his life.
TAMPA, FL -- All eyes will be on U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday night as the Wisconsin congressman formally accepts his vice presidential nomination in a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention here. Patch chatted with Wisconsin delegates and other party leaders in Tampa about Ryan's acceptance speech and asked them what they thought he needs to do to introduce himself to America. __________________________________ Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: "Paul Ryan just needs to go and be himself. Paul Ryan is loved in Wisconsin. Paul Ryan is a hero not just to the GOP in Wisconsin, but to all of us who share his values, who share his love of the outdoors, his love of family and his Midwestern virtues that he is going to bring to …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
After the state's highest court refused to hear the cases, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Tuesday he will appeal to the state's Supreme Court, asking it to overturn two Dane County judges' rulings that the law is unconstitutional.
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pushing to have the state's Voter ID law in effect for the November election cycle, once again urging the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the rulings of two Dane County judges. The law requiring voters to present identification at the polls was in effect for the Feb. 21 primary, but was later ruled unconstitutional twice in one week in March by two separate judges, in response to suits filed by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Milwaukee and immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera. Van Hollen announced Tuesday morning he would ask the state's highest court to take up the two rulings, bypassing the state Court of …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen stated he is confident the current law is constitutional and the right thing to do, but it will not be enacted for the upcoming November election.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
APS Express failed to properly handle its salvaged refrigerants.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A former plant in Waukesha is ordered to pay $50,000 for improperly handling salvaged refrigerants, according to a news release from Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen. APS Express in Waukesha processed appliances from Janesville, Appleton and Milwaukee between March 2008 and September 2009, according to the release, and sold the scrap metal. APS Express sold its plant in Waukesha and is no longer located in Waukesha. From the news release: The civil complaint filed by the Department of Justice in Waukesha County alleges that APS failed to prevent refrigerant releases during dismantling of refrigeration equipment, operated without an approved registration from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to salvage or dismantle refrigeration …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack gives support to notification efforts being coordinated at the state level.
A new program will allow community members, businesses and other organizations to receive up to date notifications about crime trends in their area and suspect descriptions in an effort to increase citizen participation with local law enforcement in solving crimes, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced during a news conference Tuesday morning at Farm and Fleet in Waukesha. “Law enforcement – this is their tool,” Van Hollen said. “We are just providing it to them and making sure that we run it. We are making sure that we make it useful by having other law enforcement agencies, individuals and businesses who receive the alerts. They will be the ones to decide and to use their description in what goes out to whom and what they do with …