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MADISON, Wis. - A state Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to combat heroin use.

The measure would require the Department of Corrections to set up a formal system of quick sanctions short of prison for offenders who violate their parole or probation. The measure's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren, says faster sanctions would help heroin addicts get treatment quicker.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in February. The Senate's public safety committee approved it 5-0 on Wednesday, clearing the way for a full vote in the Senate. That chamber's last scheduled floor period before the two-year legislative session ends is Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's aides didn't immediately respond to an email message asking whether the bill will get on Tuesday's agenda.

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Senate committee approves heroin bill Wednesday, March 26 2014, 01:54 PM CDT

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