Sen. Darling: Senate unanimously approves Darling bills protecting vulnerable citizens

Madison – The Wisconsin State Senate is giving unanimous support to four bills authored by State Senator Alberta Darling which will help protect vulnerable citizens of our state. The bills will help protect victims of sexual assault, stop sex trafficking, protect homeless teens, and stop the diabetes epidemic in our state. Senator Darling says she is grateful the bills received overwhelming support.

“I’m proud to author these important bills which help protect the vulnerable in Wisconsin,” Darling said, “They will help make our state safer and healthier.”

Assembly Bill 52 will allow 17-year-olds from broken homes or living on the streets to find shelter and a safe place to sleep. According to the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, one out of every three homeless teens is recruited for sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home. Having a safe place to sleep will greatly increase the chances of that student finishing high school and may help protect them from sex trafficking.

Assembly Bill 22 will help train truck drivers in identifying sex trafficking. All 72 counties in Wisconsin have reported incidents of human trafficking. Senator Darling is a co-author of a bill authored by State Senator LaTonya Johnson of Milwaukee that will help train truck drivers to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking.

Senate Bill 332 creates the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System. The system will allow victims of sexual assault to track the location and status of their rape kit. Victims have the right to know if and when their kit is being processed or stored and isn’t lost or backlogged. Senator Darling is also a co-author of Senate Bill 200 which helps prevent a future backlog of sexual assault kits.

Senate Bill 217 requires the Department of Health Services and the Employee Trust Fund to create a Diabetes Action Plan for Wisconsin. The plan will recommend ways to reduce the impact of diabetes in the state.

Assembly Bills 22 and 52 now head to Governor Evers’ desk. Senate Bills 217 and 332 will go to the State Assembly for further action.

Senator Darling represents portions of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties.

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