by Senator Terry Moulton
As the Legislative Session enters its fifth month, I wanted to let you know about a few of the bills I have been working on. While the budget process attracts the most attention, many other proposals are making their way through the legislature. Here are some of the bills I’ve introduced and why I think they’re important.
First is a bill I authored with Representative Mursau (R-Crivitz) that would make ambulance operations in rural areas more efficient. Currently, ambulances must have two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) riding along with any injured or ill individual. Unfortunately, in some rural areas, finding two EMTs on short notice when there is an emergency can be quite difficult. Instead of waiting for two EMTs and potentially risking the life of the injured patient, Representative Mursau and I have written a bill that would allow ambulances to be staffed with either two EMTs or one EMT and one first responder. Our goal is to ensure that the patient is transported in a timely manner while still being cared for by qualified emergency medical personnel.
The Yellow Alert bill I introduced earlier this year would create a new emergency alert for hit and run accidents involving death or injury. Representative Krug (R-Nekoosa) and I authored this bill to deal with the situations like the young girl in Wood County who was killed in a hit and run accident in 1995. This bill would create a Yellow Alert, similar to an Amber Alert or Silver Alert, which would quickly spread information about an incident if an individual flees the scene of an accident where someone was seriously injured or killed. Reducing the number of serious hit and run accidents and eliminating the incentive for reckless drivers to leave the scene is an important safety goal.
Another bill involves donating wild turkeys to charity. Currently, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a program that allows hunters to donate venison to food pantries, homeless shelters, or other charitable organizations. When the meat is donated, the county takes care of processing it and the state reimburses the county. This bill would allow hunters to donate wild turkey and would reimburse the counties for the cost. This initiative was the first bill sponsored by the newly formed Sportsmen’s Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators who are passionate about Wisconsin’s sporting heritage.
Finally, I introduced a bill to protect youth hunting. Currently, when young hunters are issued a deer hunting license, they are allowed to hunt in a special season and with fewer area restrictions. They are also issued a youth carcass tag for use on an antlerless deer. Some adults, however, are abusing this system by using the youth carcass tag for a deer they shot, which is technically legal under current law. This bill would prohibit anyone from using a youth carcass tag other than the young person it was issued to. This bill will encourage young people to participate in the annual deer hunt while preserving the integrity of the youth hunt.
If you have questions or comments about any of these bills, or have any other state-related issues, you can contact me at Sen.Moulton@legis.wisconsin.gov or (888) 437-9436.