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Wisconsin's yearly war on drugs report hasn't been filed since 1992

Heroin use (courtesy of Flickr)
Heroin use (courtesy of Flickr)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Under state law, we're supposed to be updated once a year about Wisconsin's war on drugs -- and that report is overdue by 21 years.  

Back in 1990, lawmakers ordered that the governor and attorney general file an annual report by November 15th, describing the state's drug enforcement efforts and recommendations for moving forward.  

Senate Democrat Bob Wirch of Kenosha County noticed that the reports were absent last year, while he was researching an issue. He asked state Auditor Joe Chrisman to find out why they were not forthcoming -- and Chrisman said the last annual report was filed in 1992.  

Aides to Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had no idea why, but they'll work together on filing a report. Both offices said Walker and Van Hollen are committed to fighting drug-related crime.  

Wirch said the information could be vital amid a national debate over easing up on marijuana laws, and curbing the rise in heroin use.

The current administration is far from being the only ones guilty of not providing updates. They were never filed under former governors Tommy Thompson, Scott McCallum, and Jim Doyle -- and former attorneys general Doyle and Peg Lautenschlager.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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