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Republican Schimel proposes anti-heroin platform

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel is unveiling a plan to combat heroin abuse, which he calls the top public safety issue facing the state.

Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, unveiled his plan Monday. He is the only Republican running for attorney general to replace retiring Republican incumbent J.B. Van Hollen. Three Democrats are running.

Schimel’s plan calls for additional training for local law enforcement officers and prosecutors, sharing resources with Wisconsin’s neighbors, as well as creating new partnerships with police, parents, teachers and medical professionals.

Schimel says much of what he wants to do could be accomplished without legislative approval. He was joined by Republican state Rep. John Nygren, who spearheaded passage of a series of anti-heroin bills this year.

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