Senate passes bill barring bow hunt restrictions
State Assembly passed bill in June, Senate passed bill Tuesday
MADISON, Wis. — The state Senate has passed a Republican bill that would disallow local governments from restricting bow and crossbow hunting.
Current state law prohibits local governments from restricting hunting, fishing and trapping unless the prohibition furthers public health and safety.
The bill passed Tuesday would expand that prohibition to include bow and crossbow hunting. Restrictions could be placed on hunting within 100 yards of a building on government land.
The bill would also leave in place the state’s current prohibition on hunting within 1,700 feet of a hospital, school or mental hospital.
The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill on a party line 18-15 vote. It previously passed the Assembly and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.