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Rep Bies announces retirement

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  One of the state Legislature's top law enforcement advocates is calling it quits. Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay told the A-P he will not run for re-election this fall. He said 14 years in Madison is enough.

Bies is a former chief sheriff's deputy in Door County, and he currently heads the Assembly corrections' panel. He has proposed a number of measures to help law enforcement over the years -- but he rankled some police officials last year when he proposed having outside agencies and a state review board investigate all deaths of suspects by officers. Byes said he saw departments clear their own people in a number of high-profile cases, and it raised public credibility questions. One official called the proposed state review board an unnecessary bureaucracy, and the bill remains pending in the Assembly.

Also Bies was one of just two Republicans to vote no last fall, when the Assembly voted to raise the speed limit on rural interstates from 65-to-70. The measure is expected to die in the Senate.

Bies owns the Carroll House restaurant in Sister Bay. He says he'll keep running that place after he leaves the Legislature.