State Capitol Report: Little action in debates over gun violence, marijuana

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Wisconsin state Capitol at night
Wisconsin state Capitol. Joe Tarr/WPR

We explore two debates where Democrats and Republicans are finding little agreement. And under split government, that means state lawmakers are taking little action, too. We get updates on the debate over gun violence and marijuana policy, and visit other states where the situation is different.

Featured in this Show

  • Ways to reduce gun violence

    Murder and suicide rates are growing in Wisconsin. A founder of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort says state legislators exacerbated the problem, but they could take steps now to alleviate it. We discuss ideas to reduce violence.

  • Wisconsin an outlier without legalized marijuana

    In April, Wisconsin lawmakers held a public hearing on legalizing marijuana for medical use. Though the bill won’t pass this session, the hearing signaled that members of both parties want to talk about decriminalizing pot. A political scientist discusses how legalization is playing out in other states by comparison.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Jeri Bonavia Guest
  • Lee Hannah Guest

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