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State Senate committee takes up raw milk legalization bill Tuesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate committee will decide Tuesday morning whether to recommend the legalizing of raw milk sales. 

The Senate's rural issues panel is scheduled to take a vote on a bill from West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman. The measure has attracted support from lawmakers of both parties -- but the prospects of approval are far from certain. 

For one thing, Tuesday is the end of the full Senate's deliberations for the year -- which means that the raw milk bill would most likely have to wait until January. Also, Republican Governor Scott Walker has said he wants to be sure that raw milk does not harm the state's multi-billion dollar dairy industry. 

The bill's supporters say raw milk has its own health benefits, and is totally safe. Opponents say it's a risk not to pasteurize milk. 

Former Governor Jim Doyle vetoed similar raw milk legislation in 2010. That was after the dairy industry convinced him that even one disease outbreak would damage Wisconsin's reputation as America's Dairyland.