Senate to vote on minimum lifeguard age, lead pipe bill, water ski spotters

Senate to vote on minimum lifeguard age, lead pipe bill, water ski spotters
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The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would allow 15-year-olds to work as lifeguards, a move sought by the state’s tourism industry.

The measure’s supporters say the change will increase the number of potential lifeguards for pools and waterparks, particularly at tourist destinations in Wisconsin Dells.

Current state law prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from working as lifeguards. The bill sent to Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday requires the state Department of Workforce Development to allow 15-year-olds to become lifeguards.

The American Red Cross as well as the Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions and the Wisconsin Alliances of YMCAs all have registered in support.

Wisconsin Senate passes bill to ease lead pipe costs

The state Senate has passed a bill designed to help Wisconsin homeowners cover the cost of replacing lead pipes.

The bill passed Tuesday would allow public water utilities and local governments to provide grants, loans or both to property owners to help them replace portions of lead water pipes running from the house to the street.

The Senate passed a version of the bill in October that allowed for up to two-thirds of the cost to be covered. The Assembly passed the proposal in November but reduced the amount that could be covered to a half.

Senate approval on Tuesday now sends the measure to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

Senate passes bill eliminating water ski spotters

The Wisconsin Senate has given final approval to a bill that would end the requirement for water ski spotters.

The Republican bill passed Tuesday would allow a pilot to operate a boat pulling someone on water skis without a spotter on board as long as the boat has a wide-angle rearview mirror.

The cleared the Senate last spring but the Assembly modified the measure in November to allow local municipalities to require spotters on inland lakes with water safety patrol units that perform at least 1,500 hours of enforcement or search and rescue activities every two years.

Senate approval sends the bill to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

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