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Riley Vetterkind reports Josh Kaul blasts Republican lawmaker for delaying hearing on sexual assault kit bill:
Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday blamed a Republican lawmaker for holding up a bipartisan bill Kaul has championed that aims to prevent a future backlog of sexual assault kits awaiting testing.
Kaul blasted Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Health, for putting politics before public safety in failing to hold a public hearing on the legislation that has already been passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate.
The bill, authored by a bipartisan coalition and unveiled in April, would create the first statutory guidelines in Wisconsin for how to process sexual assault kits, which can contain evidence that is crucial to finding sexual predators or freeing the wrongly convicted.
Under the proposed bill, health care professionals, law enforcement agencies and state crime laboratories, all of which are involved in the collection and processing of sexual assault kits, would be subject to new requirements.
The bill was meant to address backlogs with the processing of sexual assault kits dating back to at least 2014.
“This is about making sure that we don’t have a backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Wisconsin ever again and making sure that justice isn’t delayed for survivors of sexual assault,” Kaul told reporters. “If this doesn’t move forward soon, we’re going to run out of time in the legislative session.”
Guy Boulton reports GE Healthcare to move as many as 250 jobs from Wisconsin:
GE Healthcare plans to move as many as 250 jobs from Wisconsin to regional sales offices in other parts of the country or to its headquarters in Chicago over the next nine months.
Most of the people who will be affected are in sales and marketing and will be transferred to other regional sales offices. Wauwatosa will remain one of the company’s five U.S. regional sales offices. The balance of those affected are in support positions and will be moved to Chicago.
In a statement, the company said some of the affected employees may be able to transfer to other positions in Wisconsin.
GE Healthcare’s business units for magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI; computerized tomography, or CT; ultrasound; and other products will remain in Wauwatosa and Waukesha.
Its operations in Wisconsin also include bedside monitors and incubators for neonatal intensive care units.