MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would allow developers to build on state wetlands without a permit (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

The authors of a GOP bill that would let developers build on state wetlands without a permit say the measure would reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and wouldn't result in any net loss of wetlands.

Sen. Roger Roth and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke told the Senate natural resources committee and the Assembly's licensing reform committee during a packed joint public hearing Thursday that they've heard from constituents complaining about how difficult the Department of Natural Resources' permitting process is to navigate.

They also stressed that under the bill developers would still have to create new wetlands to replace ones they destroy just as they do now.

The legislature would eliminate the Department of Natural Resources' wetland development permit system. Builders would still have to abide by requirements that call for them to create 1.2 acres of new wetlands for every acre filled.

Conservationists and sportsmen say developing wetlands would leave communities open to flooding and destroy wildlife habitat.

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7:50 a.m.

Two legislative committees are set to hold a public hearing on a Republican bill that would let developers build on state wetlands without a permit.

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform are set to convene the joint hearing Thursday morning at the state Capitol.

The bill would eliminate the Department of Natural Resources wetland development permit system. Builders would still have to create 1.2 acres of new wetlands for every acre filled, just as they do now.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the bill's prospects look good.

Estimates of how many of Wisconsin's 5 million or so wetland acres fall under state jurisdiction range from 10 percent to 30 percent. The rest are under federal jurisdiction.