MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate voted 23-to-9 in favor of new qualifications to serve on the state Natural Resources Board. The bill is designed to have more sporting enthusiasts represented on the DNR’s policy-setting panel. Under the measure, three of the seven board members must have owned hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses for seven-of-the-10 years before they’re appointed. And one board member must come from the agricultural sector. The Assembly approved the same changes last October, so the bill now goes to Governor Scott Walker. Also this afternoon, the Senate approved changes in the open enrollment law, also known as the public school choice program. The bill would give parents more time to seek enrollments for their kids outside their home districts – and the home districts would have to share details with the other school systems about discipline problems. Supporters say the bill would give a second chance to youngsters struggling in their home districts. Opponents fear the bill would harm schools by reducing their enrollments while places like virtual schools benefit. The package has been amended a couple times, and the Senate sent the bill back to the Assembly on a voice vote.
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