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Senate committee to hold hearing on heroin bill

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MADISON (AP) -- A state Senate committee is set to hold a public hearing on 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, Representative John Nygren, says faster sanctions would help heroin addicts get treatment quickly.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in February.  The Senate's public safety committee has scheduled a public hearing and a vote on the measure for Wednesday morning.  Approval would clear the way for a vote in the full Senate on April 1, the last day the chamber is scheduled to convene before the two-year legislative session ends.

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