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wisconsin assembly passes bill legalizing lemonade stands


madison, wis. — the wisconsin assembly has approved a bill that would legalize children's lemonade stands.the republican bill would allow a minor to operate a temporary food stand without a local permit or license or a state food processing or retail food establishment license. the stand can't generate more than $1,000 in annual sales, however, and must be operated on a temporary basis on private property.the measure's author, rep. joel kleefisch, says he was driven to draft the bill by a media report of appleton police shutting down two pre-teen girls' lemonade stand in 2011.the assembly approved the bill on a voice vote tuesday afternoon. it goes next to the state senate.






wisconsin assembly passes chiropractor sports exams bill


madison, wis. — chiropractors would be allowed to perform sports physicals under a bill passed by the wisconsin legislature.the assembly approved the bill on a voice vote late wednesday night. it previously cleared the senate and now heads to gov. scott walker.democrats who objected argue chiropractors are not qualified to give full physical exams for student-athletes.the proposal would require schools, technical colleges and university of wisconsin system two-year schools to accept exams performed by chiropractors. the wisconsin interscholastic athletic association would also have to accept them.the wiaa governs high school sports in the state and opposes the bill as does the wisconsin medical society and various health groups, hospitals, insurers and others.the only group registered in s






wisconsin assembly passes bill targeting deadly fentanyl


madison, wis. — the wisconsin state assembly has passed a bill designed to crack down on those who are manufacturing deadly opioids known as fentanyl analogs.the highly potent drug is being added to heroin to stretch its use, leading to a recent spike in overdoses in milwaukee and across the state. as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly.the bill would add fentanyl analogs to the synthetic opiates category of controlled substances under state law. that definition will make it easier for prosecutors to go after those who manufacture fentanyl analogs.under the bill, anyone who possesses, manufactures, distributes or delivers a fentanyl analog is guilty of a felony.the bill passed on a voice vote. it now heads to the senate.






wisconsin assembly set to request constitutional convention


madison, wis. — the wisconsin assembly is poised to request a convention to change the u.s. constitution.the chamber is set to vote wednesday on a resolution demanding a convention of states to add a balanced budget requirement to the document.wisconsin would be the 30th of 34 states needed to force a convention if the resolution passes both the assembly and senate.critics worry a convention could lead to wild constitutional revisions. the assembly is set to pass a separate measure wednesday that would require the state's convention delegation to abide by rules the assembly of state legislatures drew up last year for a potential convention.the chamber also is expected to pass a bill that would allow delegates to dismiss colleagues who work for anything other than a balanced budget amendmen






wisconsin assembly set to request constitutional convention


madison, wis. — the wisconsin assembly is poised to request a convention to change the u.s. constitution.the chamber is set to vote wednesday on a resolution demanding a convention of states to add a balanced budget requirement to the document.wisconsin would be the 28th of 34 states needed to force a convention if the resolution passes both the assembly and senate.critics worry a convention could lead to wild constitutional revisions. the assembly is set to pass a separate measure wednesday that would require the state's convention delegation to abide by rules the assembly of state legislatures drew up last year for a potential convention.the chamber also is expected to pass a bill that would allow delegates to dismiss colleagues who work for anything other than a balanced budget amendmen






walker signs bill legalizing hemp farming in wisconsin


republican gov. scott walker has signed a bill that allows wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp.walker signed the bill thursday.the bill passed the legislature unanimously. the measure's sponsor, republican rep. jesse kremer, tweeted thursday that the bill will make wisconsin a leader in hemp production. his tweet included the hashtag "americashempland."at least 30 other states have legalized hemp farming. supporters say hemp has a wide range of uses and legalizing it gives farmers another profitable crop.under the new law, hemp plants couldn't contain more than 0.3 percent thc, the active ingredient in marijuana. hemp farmers with drug convictions would not be eligible for state-issued licenses to grow the crop.






wisconsin assembly to vote on approving marijuana extract


madison, wis. — the wisconsin legislature is set to pass a bill long sought by parents of children who suffer from seizures.the state assembly was slated to pass a measure tuesday that would legalize possession of cbd oil, a marijuana extract used to treat seizures.the legislature passed a similar bill in 2014, but it didn't go far enough to make the oil accessible. that led to renewed lobbying by parents still unable to legally obtain the treatment for their children, many of whom suffer from epilepsy.the oil is a marijuana extract but it does not produce a high.the senate overwhelmingly approved the bill on a 31-1 vote. once the assembly passes it as expected it will head to gov. scott walker for his signature. walker says he supports it.






wisconsin assembly to vote on chiropractor sports exams bill


madison, wis. — the wisconsin state assembly is poised to vote on allowing chiropractors to perform sports physicals.the republican-backed bill is up for a vote wednesday. it faces opposition from democrats, the wisconsin medical society and other who fear that chiropractors lack the training and expertise of medical doctors.the proposal would require schools, technical colleges and university of wisconsin system two-year schools to accept exams performed by chiropractors. the wisconsin interscholastic athletic association would also have to accept them.the wiaa governs high school sports in the state and opposes the bill.the only group registered in support is the wisconsin chiropractic association.if approved by the assembly it would have to pass the senate and be signed by gov. scott wa






assembly poised to ban labor agreement requirements


madison, wis. — assembly republicans are poised to pass a bill that would limit union influence on bids for public projects.the assembly is set to vote on the measure thursday. the bill prohibits state and local governments from requiring contractors bidding on their projects to enter into collective bargaining agreements called project labor agreements.the bill's sponsor, rep. rob hutton, says it gives non-union firms more opportunities to bid on public projects. opponents say the bill is the latest republican attack on unions. both sides acknowledge few places in wisconsin currently use project labor agreements.the senate passed the measure last month on party lines. if the assembly passes it, it will go to gov. scott walker for his signature.more than 20 other states have passed similar






wisconsin senate passes bill making veterans day a holiday


madison, wis. — veterans day would be an official state holiday in wisconsin under a bill approved by the state senate.the proposal passed on a voice vote wednesday would mean state offices would be closed every year on nov. 11. wisconsin is the only state in the country that currently doesn't legally recognize veterans day as a day off.instead, state employees get a floating holiday they can use at any time.the bill is sponsored by iraq war veteran state sen. roger roth. no one registered against the proposal.a democratic amendment that would have required all private employers in the state to give veterans nov. 11 off was rejected.the bill now heads to the assembly. if passed there and signed by gov. scott walker it would take effect in 2018.






wisconsin senate passes lead pipe replacement bill


madison, wis. — a proposal designed to make it easier to replace lead pipes has cleared a hurdle in the wisconsin legislature.the state senate on tuesday passed the bill on a unanimous vote. it would allow a public water utility and municipalities to finance property owners' efforts to replace lead pipes running from the street up to a person's home.the bill allows public water utilities and local governments to provide grants, loans or both to property owners to help them replace portions of water pipes containing lead.some fear the bill would lead to higher water bills if utilities put money toward replacing pipes.the measure now heads to the state assembly. it must pass the assembly and be signed by gov. scott walker before becoming law.






the latest: gop lawmakers make case for industrial hemp


madison, wis. — the latest on a bill that would legalize industrial hemp in wisconsin (all times local):10:35 a.m.two republican lawmakers are making the case for their bill legalizing industrial hemp in wisconsin.rep. jesse kremer and sen. patrick testin held a news conference tuesday ahead of a public hearing on the bill before the senate agriculture committee. they said legalizing hemp would give farmers another option for raising a profitable crop.they also noted that wisconsin led the nation in hemp production during world war ii and hemp shouldn't be confused with marijuana.jim holte, president of the wisconsin farm bureau federation, also appeared at the news conference, saying the bill would create an opportunity for wisconsin farmers.testin aide jeff schultz handed out edible hemp






wisconsin assembly set to loosen child work permit law


madison, wis. — wisconsin's 16- and 17-year-olds wouldn't need permission from their parents to get jobs under a republican bill moving through the legislature.the proposal is set to pass the assembly on tuesday. it would eliminate the requirement that children 16 and older obtain work permits. the permits cost $10 each and require a parent's written consent.republican supporters say it'd make it easier for children without parents to find jobs. democrats counter that it would cut parents out of the loop and decrease state and local revenues by $730,000.it makes no changes to labor laws governing how many hours children can work.if the measure passes the assembly, it would still need to pass the senate before it goes to republican gov. scott walker to become law.






anti-sanctuary cities bill clears wisconsin senate committee


madison, wis. — a wisconsin senate committee has passed a bill looking to end "sanctuary cities" that provide protections to immigrants living in the country illegally.the senate labor committee voted 3-2 with all republicans in support and democrats against to pass the bill. it now heads to the full senate. it must pass there and in the assembly and be signed by gov. scott walker before taking effect.the proposal would bar local governments from passing ordinances, approving policies or taking other steps to prevent enforcement of federal immigration laws.walker has been lukewarm on the bill, saying last year he was "just fine" with it not passing.the assembly passed it last session, but it died in the senate. assembly speaker robin vos said this week the senate must pass it before the as






legislative committee approves lifting mining ban


madison, wis. — a legislative committee has signed off on a republican bill that would end wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold, silver and nickel mining.wisconsin lawmakers passed a bill in 1998 that requires sulfide mining applicants to prove a similar mine has operated in north america for 10 years without causing pollution and a similar mine has been closed for 10 years without causing pollution. gov. scott walker voted for the measure as a member of the assembly.the bill's chief sponsors, rep. rob hutton and sen. tom tiffany, say lifting the prohibition will help northern wisconsin's economy.the republican-controlled assembly labor committee approved the bill 6-3 tuesday despite democrats' warnings that lifting the ban will lead to devastating pollution.the vote clears the way for a






wisconsin assembly to take up bill limiting recounts


madison, wis. — the state assembly is set to vote on a bill that would make it far more difficult to request election recounts in wisconsin.the measure up for a vote wednesday comes amid anger from some republicans that green party presidential candidate jill stein was able to request a recount in wisconsin last year even though she finished a distant fourth.under the republican bill, only candidates who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide elections could petition for a recount. the proposal would also tighten the deadline to request a recount.while democrat hillary clinton lost to republican president donald trump by less than 1 point in wisconsin, it was stein who requested the recount.gov. scott walker has signaled his support for the measure.






prison guard abuse bill moves to verge of assembly vote


madison, wis. — wisconsin lawmakers have moved a bill that would force guards at wisconsin's troubled youth prison to report abuse to the brink of passage in the state assembly.the state senate approved the measure last month. the assembly committee on children and families unanimously approved the bill on wednesday. the committee approval clears the way for a vote in the full assembly. the full chamber isn't expected to reconvene until next month.the fbi is investigating allegations of widespread abuse of juveniles at the prison near irma. inmates have filed two federal lawsuits challenging conditions at the prison and demanding improvements.the bill would make juvenile prison guards mandatory child abuse reporters, a move that would protect them from being fired for reporting incidents.






wisconsin assembly to take up bill that would limit recounts


madison, wis. — the wisconsin assembly is set to vote on a bill that would make it far more difficult to request election recounts in the state.the measure up for a vote wednesday comes amid anger from some republicans that green party presidential candidate jill stein was able to request a recount in wisconsin last year even though she finished a distant fourth.under the republican bill, only candidates who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide elections could petition for a recount. democrat hillary clinton lost to republican president donald trump by less than that margin in wisconsin, but stein — not clinton — requested the recount.the proposal also would tighten the recount request deadline.gov. scott walker has signaled his support for the measure.






wisconsin legislature set to give wells bill final ok


madison, wis. — a bill relaxing high-capacity well regulations in wisconsin is scheduled for final legislative approval next week.the state assembly announced tuesday that it plans to vote on the bill may 2. it would then go to gov. scott walker for his consideration. the senate passed the bill earlier this month.the measure has pitted conservations who worry that the changes will drain aquafers, streams and lakes against farmers who say they need more water for irrigation.the assembly is also slated to vote on a package of four bills that have bipartisan support and are focused on tackling the problem of homelessness in wisconsin.the centerpiece of the package is a proposal to create a new statewide council including state agencies and private groups to examine ways to reduce homelessness






wisconsin cheese designation bill passes legislature


madison, wis. — it's a bill too "gouda" to fail.the wisconsin legislature gave give final approval tuesday to a measure making cheese the official state dairy product. the senate voted by a voice vote to pass the measure after it previously cleared the assembly.a fourth grade class in mineral point lobbied lawmakers to recognize cheese as a state symbol. once the bill is signed by gov. scott walker, cheese will join a long list of honorary designees.others include the badger, of course, as the official animal and corn as the official grain. the dairy cow is the official domestic animal while kringle is the state pastry and milk is the state beverage.wisconsin produces the most cheese in the country at 11 billion pounds per year.






wisconsin assembly oks education plan bill


madison, wis. — the state assembly has approved a bill that would inject the legislature into the writing of a school accountability plan.the proposal comes after the state department of public instruction released a draft school accountability plan on friday. every state is required to submit one to the federal government by sept. 18.wisconsin's plan calls for cutting the achievement and graduation gaps in half within six years. that would require dramatic improvements in non-white student performance.the bill requires the education department to respond to any concerns about the plan raised by member of the legislature's education committees.opponents say it's not necessary because legislator feedback has been solicited for months.the assembly passed the bill on a voice vote tuesday. it






assembly unanimously passes robot delivery bill


madison, wis. — robot delivery vehicles could soon roll down wisconsin sidewalks.the state legislature has given final approval to a bill that would allow robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks.the robots are essentially high-tech rolling coolers loaded with sensors that can read the environment. people also can operate them remotely. starship technologies has been using them to deliver takeout food in europe, california and washington, d.c.the bill approved by the assembly on wednesday sets an 80-pound weight limit and a 10-mph speed limit and would require operators to control or monitor the devices.the senate passed the measure on a voice vote last week, so it now goes to gov. scott walker for his approval.






uw free speech, combatting heroin up in wisconsin assembly


madison, wis. — republican supporters of a bill that would call for expelling university of wisconsin students who repeatedly disrupt speakers on campus say the idea is all about protecting free speech.the proposal is one of several up for a vote wednesday in a session that's expected to last deep into the night.another measure would make it easier to prosecute dealers and manufacturers of the lethal opioid known as fentanyl analogs that has been blamed on a number of recent overdose deaths in wisconsin. also up for a vote is a bill making it more difficult for losers in elections to seek a recount.assembly speaker robin vos says the free speech bill won't stop the problem of speakers being disrupted by protesters, but it's a start. democrats oppose the measure.






committees ok wisconsin woodchuck season bill


madison, wis. — the legislature's outdoors committees have approved a bill that would create a woodchuck season.the republican bill would remove woodchucks from the wisconsin's protected species list and establish a hunting and trapping season that would run from july through december with no bag limits.the assembly's natural resources and sporting heritage committee amended the measure wednesday to establish a year-round open season on the animals on an 11-2 vote and passed the bill 9-4.the senate's sporting heritage, mining and forestry committee met on the bill on wednesday as well. that panel signed off on the amendment 5-0 and passed the bill 4-1.committee approval clears the way for votes in the full senate and assembly.






wisconsin assembly set to relax deer baiting-feeding ban


madison, wis. — the state assembly is set to vote on a bill that would relax wisconsin's ban on baiting and feeding deer in counties with chronic wasting disease.baiting and feeding for the purpose of hunting or training dogs is currently banned in counties where cwd is present as well as in neighboring counties. the ban is meant to slow cwd's spread by keeping deer from congregating over food.under the republican bill, the ban would last three years in cwd counties if no more deer test positive for the disease and two years in neighboring counties.conservationists say the change will spread cwd.the senate passed the bill earlier this month. the assembly is scheduled to take up the measure wednesday. approval would send it on to gov. scott walker.






bill banning abortion coverage for state workers advances


madison, wis. — a republican-backed proposal that would ban the coverage of abortions for wisconsin state workers has cleared the state assembly health committee.the panel approved the bill wednesday on a party-line vote, with all republicans in support and democrats against. it now heads to the full assembly for consideration.the bill is opposed by the wisconsin medical society, a variety of health groups and planned parenthood. it is supported by three anti-abortion groups and the wisconsin catholic conference.a similar measure failed to pass the legislature in 2013.even if it is approved this year, the effect could be minimal since state health plans now only cover abortions deemed to be medically necessary. the bill provides exemptions in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mot






the latest: assembly oks lifting mining ban


madison, wis. — the latest on a bill that would lift wisconsin's ban on gold and silver mining (all times local):8:45 p.m.the state assembly has approved a bill that would lift wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining.the republican-controlled chamber passed the bill on a 53-38 vote on thursday. democrats warned lifting the prohibition would lead to devastating pollution, but republicans said mining could help jump-start northern wisconsin's economy.legislators passed a bill in 1998 that requires sulfide mining applicants to prove a similar mine has operated in north america for a decade without polluting and a similar mine has been closed for 10 years without polluting. gov. scott walker voted for the measure as a member of the assembly.the bill goes next to the state sena






assembly to vote on eliminating minimum hunting age


madison, wis. (ap) — anyone of any age would be allowed to hunt in wisconsin under a bill the state assembly is set to take up next week.right now someone must be at least 12 years old to purchase a license or hunt with a gun unless they’re participating in a mentored hunt. children as young as 10 can hunt under that program.the republican-authored bill would allow anyone of any age to participate in a mentored hunt. the measure would also do away with the requirement that a hunter and mentor have only one gun, bow or cross bow between them.the assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill thursday. approval would send the proposal to the state senate.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






wisconsin state senate to vote on regulation process


madison, wis. — the wisconsin state legislature would be able to reject new regulations that are expensive for businesses under a bill before the senate for a vote.the senate was set to vote tuesday on the republican proposal. under the measure, any new rules that'd cost an industry or business more than $10 million over two years would need legislative approval within 70 days or automatically fail.the bill's authors and business groups say it will ensure agencies don't pass harmful regulations without any oversight.but opponents say it will make it harder to implement environmental protections and shift oversight to people without specialized knowledge.if the measure passes the senate, the assembly would still have to vote on it before it goes to gov. scott walker to become law.






bill to limit election recounts in wisconsin advances


madison, wis. — a bill that would have prevented wisconsin's presidential election recount is gaining momentum in the state legislature.the assembly committee on campaigns and elections voted 6-3 to send to the full assembly a republican proposal that would limit who can request recounts in state and local elections.under the bill, only candidates who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide elections could petition for a recount. the bill would also tighten the deadline to request one.while democrat hillary clinton lost to republican president donald trump by less than 1 point in wisconsin, it was green party candidate jill stein who requested the recount.a senate committee approved the measure last month, so both chambers could vote on it soon. republican gov. scott wa






bill rolling back north carolina’s contentious lgbt law passes general assembly


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressraleigh, n.c. (ap) — bill rolling back north carolina’s contentious lgbt law passes general assembly and heads to governor, who supports it.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






wisconsin assembly to vote on combatting homelessness


madison, wis. — proposals designed to fight homelessness in wisconsin are up for a vote in the state assembly.the four measures have bipartisan support and were expected to easily clear the assembly on tuesday.some democrats have argued the proposals don't go far enough in fighting homelessness. but supporters, including housing advocates, have praised lawmakers for tackling the issue for the first time in years.one bill would create a new council to coordinate efforts both in government and the private sector to address homelessness.a second bill would create a pilot a program to prioritize chronically homeless people on the waiting list for federal housing vouchers.another proposal would free up more money for transitional housing across the state. and a fourth bill would make $75,000 av






wisconsin assembly to vote on woodchuck season


madison, wis. — it may soon be open season on woodchucks in wisconsin.the state assembly was set to vote wednesday on a bill that would allow year-round hunting of woodchucks, also known as groundhogs.the proposal would remove woodchucks from the wisconsin's protected species list and establish a year-round open hunting and trapping season with no bag limits.the measure's supporters say woodchucks, or groundhogs, are devouring gardens and undermining building foundations with their burrowing. the alliance for animals, the humane society of the united states and midwest environmental advocates all oppose the mesure.if passed by the assembly it would still need to clear the senate and be signed by gov. scott walker before becoming law.






proposal would allow homemade baked goods sales in wisconsin


madison, wis. — the sale of homemade baked goods in wisconsin would be allowed under a bill being circulated in the state senate.wisconsin and new jersey are the only states that prohibit the for-profit sale of baked goods made in a home kitchen. there is a pending lawsuit filed by home backers in wisconsin challenging the law.similar bills have passed the state senate with bipartisan support the past two sessions but died in the assembly. assembly speaker robin vos opposes the bill, saying it creates an unequal playing field.the latest proposal from sen. sheila harsdorf and rep. jim ott, both republicans, would allow up to $7,500 of home-based good sales each year. the seller would have to register with the state and meet requirements about labeling, training and documenting sales.






wisconsin assembly passes bill on campus free speech


madison, wis. — university of wisconsin students who repeatedly disrupt campus speakers or presentations could be suspended or expelled under a republican-backed bill the state assembly passed wednesday.the measure, approved on a 61-36 vote wednesday night with no democrats in support, is the latest salvo in the national push among some conservatives to crack down on disruptions they say is quelling free speech on liberal college campuses. conservatives are worried that right-wing speakers aren't given equal treatment as liberal campus presenters, while other students have complained about free expression fanning hate speech.democrats, who didn't have the votes to stop the bill in the assembly, blasted it as an unconstitutional attack on freedom of speech."it basically gags and bags the fi






wisconsin senate to vote on ending home baking sales ban


madison, wis. — wisconsin lawmakers are expected to take a step toward allowing home bakers to sell their pies, cakes and muffins.the state senate was scheduled to vote wednesday on a bill that would do away with a requirement that bakers obtain a license, which means renting or building a commercial kitchen, in order to sell their goods.the senate has long supported doing away with the license requirement. but the bill has been blocked in the assembly by speaker robin vos. he's introduced a competing proposal that would do away with all licensing for bakers, no matter their size.absent a deal to clear the bill in the assembly, the legislature will not change the law.a lafayette county judge two weeks ago struck down the law as unconstitutional.






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