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Wis. Bill Would Require Proof of Remains When Burial Sites Designated

A bill advancing in the Wisconsin Capitol would require proof of remains when new sites are added to the state's burial sites catalog. A bill advancing in the Wisconsin Capitol would require proof of remains when new sites are added to the state's burial sites catalog. |  Photo: WDIO-TV, file

October 19, 2017 06:00 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a bill that would require the state historical director to consider evidence for adding land to the state's burial sites catalog.

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Developers need permits to excavate on land listed in the catalog. Republicans introduced a bill two years ago that would have allowed quarry owners to excavate Ho-Chunk Nation burial grounds to prove human remains are buried there.

That bill went nowhere but spurred a legislative study committee to craft a new proposal. It requires the director to consider whether evidence of remains exists before cataloguing a site and establishes a process for challenging decisions and removing sites from the list.

The Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry approved the proposal on an 8-0 vote Thursday, clearing the way for a full Assembly vote.


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