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State Senate discussing multiple bills

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MADISON (AP) -- The State Senate will be discussing multiple bills on Tuesday.

One of the bills set to vote is one that would require Wisconsin police departments to use outside investigators to probe officer-involved deaths. The measure comes in the wake of several high-profile officer involved deaths across the state in recent years.

The state Senate is ready to vote on a bill that would expand the Milwaukee Police Department's gunshot sensor system.  The bill would give the department $175,000 in aid to expand the ShotSpotter program, a system of audio sensors to capture the sound of gunshots and transmits their location.

Another bill will change the age a person could officiate a wedding in Wisconsin. No one under the age of 18 will be able to officiate. The bill would set the age requirement while also making it easier for people from out of state to officiate, removing a requirement that out-of-state officials must obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

The State Senate is also set to vote on a bill that would allow University of Wisconsin institutions to conduct classified national security research.  Current UW System and UW-Madison policies bar researchers from performing research on campus that can't be published, prohibiting them from doing classified government work on campus.  The bill would allow such work on campus as long as students' educational needs are protected.

A bill to restrict drones is up for vote in the Senate.  The measure would outlaw deploying a drone capable of making video or audio recordings in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Farmers wouldn't be financially liable for the death of someone participating in an agricultural tourism activity  under a bill up for vote.  If passed, the bill will grant immunity if the tourist dies as a result of a risk inherent in the activity and the provider posted a notice about the potential risk.

A bill that would expand jailhouse strip searches is also being discussed by the Senate.  Current Wisconsin law allows jailors to conduct strip searches if an inmate has been arrested for a felony or a number of different misdemeanors.  The bill would permit them to strip search anyone who will be locked up with other prisoners.

The state Senate will vote on a bill proposing to funnel more money to Robert Lee Stinson, a man wrongfully convicted of homicide back in 1985.  The Senate passed a bill in November granting him $136,000; the Assembly scaled it back $90,000 in March.

The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow doctors and other health care providers to apologize to patients without worrying about whether the statements could be used against them in court.  The bill would make apologies, condolences, or expressions of sympathy inadmissible in civil proceedings.

The Wisconsin Senate will also put the finishing touches on a package of bills designed to combat heroin use.  Four heroin-related bills have already passed in the Assembly and Senate.  The last two would create regional treatment centers and require the Department of Corrections to establish a system of quick sanctions for offenders who violate parole or probation in hopes of getting addicts treatment faster.

A bill to legalize the use of a marijuana byproduct to help relieve seizure disorders in children is up to vote on Tuesday by the state Senate.  It would allow only the use of cannabidiol, an oil extract, to be administered under the care of a doctor.

A bill designed to make chemotherapy drugs in pill form more affordable to cancer patients is one of the last proposals up for a vote.  The measure would require health insurers to charge the same price for chemotherapy pills, which can be taken at home, as they charge for intravenous treatments at hospitals.

WKOW Capitol Bureau Chief will have a look at what the state Senate accomplished in its final day of this legislative session on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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