MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) - A Wisconsin Republican is getting pushback on his bill that would allow hunters to get closer to schools. Student safety is the chief concern from some lawmakers. Right now, hunters can't come within 1,700 feet of schools.
The bill from Representative Joel Kleefisch would exempt bow hunters from that restriction. An aide to Kleefisch told an Assembly Committee Wednesday (04/10) the bill could cut down car-deer crashes. But several democrats questioned the bill's wisdom.
"In 2010, Waukesha County saw the third highest number of reported motor vehicle deer crashes at 687. Dane County saw the highest number of crashes, totaling 854," says Ashlee Moore, the aide to Rep. Kleefisch.
"Safety has become such a priority in our schools and our communities and to come with a bill like this at this time seems just really inappropriate," says Rep. Gary Hebl, a Democrat from Sun Prairie.
The Assembly's Committee on Sporting Heritage has yet to schedule a vote on the bill.
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