SB 46/AB 82: Expand Outdoor Opportunities for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients.

This bill is:
Pro-Conservation

Date Introduced:
February 15, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Hunting

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Bill Description

Wisconsin currently honors the sacrifice of our resident disabled veterans by offering reduced rates for fishing and hunting licenses. In addition, Wisconsin exempts anyone in active service with the U.S. Armed Forces from the current cumulative preference system for awarding wild turkey tags when there are more requests than those available. SB 46 & AB 82 would allow disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart to qualify for the exemption from the cumulative preference system when seeking wild turkey licenses and tags so they can take advantage of Wisconsin's sporting heritage and opportunities

Current Status

SB 46 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry. It had a public hearing on March 9, 2017, and passed out of committee unanimously. It was passed by the full Senate on a voice vote on May 2, 2017. AB 82 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. It has a public hearing on March 15, 2017, and passed out of committee unanimously. SB 46 was passed by the full Assembly on a voice vote on May 10, 2017.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Passed by Voice Vote

Senate:  Passed by Voice Vote

Governor:  Awaiting Action

Citizen Action Needed

Contact Governor Walker and ask him to support SB 46.