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The Latest: Hearing on CWD regulations stretches on

October 1, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin lawmakers’ attempt to scrap new chronic wasting disease regulations (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

A hearing on Gov. Scott Walker’s emergency chronic wasting disease regulations is still going strong as deer farmers rail against the rules’ cost.

Walker ordered the Department of Natural Resources to require deer farm fence upgrades within a year and ban deer carcass movement out of CWD-affected counties. The rules went into effect Monday.

Republican state Sen. Steve Nass, co-chairman of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, says the regulations are too costly and cumbersome to implement this year. He has scheduled a committee vote Monday on whether to suspend the regulations.

The committee held a public hearing ahead of the vote. The hearing began at 10 a.m. Deer farmers lined up to complain about the rules cost and testimony was still going on as the clock neared 5 p.m.

It was unclear when the committee might vote.

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10:35 a.m.

Republicans on the Legislature’s rules committee are defending their call for a vote to scrap Gov. Scott Walker’s new chronic wasting disease regulations.

Walker ordered the Department of Natural Resources to require deer farm fence upgrades within a year and ban deer carcass movement out of CWD-affected counties. The rules went into effect Monday.

Sen. Steve Nass, co-chairman of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, has called for a vote Monday to suspend the regulations.

Nass began a public hearing preceding the vote by saying hunters aren’t aware of the regulations and DNR should hold off until the gubernatorial election is settled in November.

Sen. Devin LeMahieu said he’s worried the movement ban will lead to hunters leaving dead deer in the woods, making them look like slobs and helping the disease spread.

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8:30 a.m.

The Legislature’s rules committee is about to vote on whether to scrap Gov. Scott Walker’s new regulations designed to slow chronic wasting disease.

Walker earlier this year ordered the Department of Natural Resources to require deer farmers to upgrade fences and ban deer carcass movement out of CWD-affected counties. The rules are scheduled to go into effect Monday.

Republican state Sen. Steve Nass, co-chairman of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules, says the regulations are too costly and cumbersome to implement this year. He has scheduled a committee vote Monday on whether to suspend the regulations.

Walker ordered the changes amid criticism he has done little to nothing to stop CWD’s spread in his eight years as governor. Walker’s spokeswoman, Amy Hasenberg, didn’t immediately reply to an email.

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