Representative Ed Brooks, a Republican from Reedsburg, has voted in favor of eight bills to jumpstart workforce development and three bills to strengthen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws. The Assembly passed several bills aimed at growing Wisconsin’s number of skilled employees. These bills increased funding to the Youth Apprenticeship Grant program, introduced an apprenticeship reimbursement program, increased vocational rehabilitation funding by over $2 million per fiscal year, and kick started a program that incentivizes high schools to partner with technical colleges and local businesses to develop programs targeted at increasing job placement in local industries. Brooks said that he voted for the workforce bills to help young people transition into local jobs. 

By supporting job training, technical education, and partnerships between educational institutions and local businesses, we are investing in Wisconsin’s most valuable resource – its people,” said Brooks.

The three bills related to drunk driving will require those accused of first offense OWI to appear in court, will make 2nd offense OWI a misdemeanor and 4th offense OWI a felony – regardless of timing, and will eliminate a loophole currently in Wisconsin’s ignition interlock law.

Brooks said, “Drunk driving has impacted the lives of far too many Wisconsinites, and I am proud to support legislation that will make our roads safer.”