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Sen. Fitzgerald calls for alcohol court funding on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WXOW) -- The State Assembly passed three bills last fall which would increase penalties for certain OWI offenders.  But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says he has no plans to bring them up for a vote.

"I just would like to see a treatment component first make its way through the Senate before we address some of those other issues," said Sen. Fitzgerald, who is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Sen. Fitzgerald says he wants to pass legislation by February that would establish a pool of money that every county could access for the development of alcohol treatment courts. 

Fewer than one-third of Wisconsin counties currently have such courts, but Sen. Fitzgerald says he is impressed by their success rates with OWI offenders.

"Not only do they know your name, they know your spouse's name, they know your kids.  They know where you work, they know if you're attending your meetings.  I mean, those are the things that are important," said Sen. Fitzgerald.

The Senate also won't be taking up two abortion-related bills passed by the Assembly.  One would make sex-selective abortions illegal, while another would exempt religious organizations from having to cover abortions and contraception in their health insurance plans.
  
"Its a slim margin in my caucus and its difficult sometimes to get the votes for each and every bill that's there," said Sen. Fitzgerald.
       
Mike McCabe from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign will also be on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.  McCabe talks about his study which shows the areas of the state where people are spending money on Wisconsin political candidates and how much Republicans are getting compared to Democrats.

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

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