Mark Born’s Private Transport Bill Receives Bipartisan Support In Assembly

(Beaver Dam) A bill that would allow private transport companies to handle emergency detentions received bipartisan support in the state Assembly Wednesday.  Currently, the so-called Chapter 51 transports to mental health facilities are handled by law enforcement agencies, an often time-consuming process. Representative Mark Born applauded passage of the measure in the lower chamber saying that the current process “takes officers off the streets for hours at a time and strains local government budgets all across the state.” Born’s bill would allow law enforcement to contract out for transport services. Data provided by the Wisconsin Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis shows that, on average, officers spend nearly nine hours off the streets per incident. Born acknowledges that the legislation does not address all of challenges but says it is a significant start that will have a direct impact on local communities. The Beaver Dam Republican says he looks forward to “shepherding the bill through the Senate chamber and sending it to the Governor’s desk.” The legislation has been introduced in the Senate and is awaiting a public hearing.