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Wis. Legislators: Waive Park Fees for 4th Graders' Families

Admission to Amnicon Falls and other Wisconsin State Parks would be free for families of fourth-graders under a measure advancing at the state capitol. Admission to Amnicon Falls and other Wisconsin State Parks would be free for families of fourth-graders under a measure advancing at the state capitol. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: September 30, 2019 03:53 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing waiving state park entrance fees for fourth-graders' families in hopes of getting kids outside.

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Wisconsin residents currently pay $28 for an annual park vehicle admission sticker. The lawmakers' bill would require the Department of Natural Resources to offer free admission to parents who can prove a fourth-grader is a member of the family in the upcoming year.

The DNR estimates the bill could result in up to $244,000 in lost revenue and cost the department $2,500 to implement.

The bill's chief Senate sponsor, Republican Rob Cowles, says the measure will help get kids away from screens and encourage a healthier lifestyle.

The Senate natural resources committee approved the bill unanimously earlier this month. It's now awaiting a floor vote in the Senate.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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