Walker signs bill legalizing hemp farming in Wisconsin

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Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a bill Thursday that allows Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp. Republican Rep. Jesse Kremer, the measure’s sponsor in the legislature, where it passed unanimously, tweeted Thursday that the bill will make Wisconsin a leader in hemp production. His tweet included the hashtag “AmericasHempland.” > NBC 15 Madison

Journal Sentinel: Ill-conceived police body cam bill harms public’s right to know

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Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) says a bill he sponsored that passed the Assembly last week would protect victims by making it harder for the public to see police camera footage. Instead, it would keep important public records away from the citizens who need to know if the government is working on their behalf. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

One Wisconsin Now sues three GOP lawmakers for blocking them on Twitter

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Liberal research and advocacy group One Wisconsin Now has filed a federal lawsuit against three top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, alleging they are infringing on the group’s free speech rights by blocking it from commenting on their Twitter feeds. > Wisconsin State Journal

Zweifel: To GOP zealots, women’s health is irrelevant

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I’d like to think that the Republican state lawmakers who so desperately want to put endless restrictions on women’s choice, close Planned Parenthood clinics and limit what the UW-Madison Medical School can teach about abortion would read a recent New Yorker piece about what similar laws have done to women’s health in Texas. > Cap Times

Kremer: Heat I received for belief Earth is 6,000 years old shows need for UW speech bill

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Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), who believes the earth is 6,000 years old, said last week the blowback he’s received for his beliefs demonstrates the need for legislation regulating speech on college campuses. During a hearing on that proposal last month, Kremer said: “The Earth is 6,000 years old, that’s a fact.” > The Cap Times

Jesse Kremer says Dems will support UW speech bill; Peter Barca says ‘not me’

Proposing a bill that would require UW campuses to punish students who disrupt the free expression of others, Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) says he expects Democratic support. But while Kremer may want bipartisanship on the issue, Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) is not ready to back the bill.  >  The Cap Times