Wisconsin Democrats Introduce Bill on Reworking Hunting Grant Rules
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would rework the rules for awarding a contentious $500,000 hunting grant.
The measure would specify applicants must be nonprofit organizations that educate and recruit hunters, anglers and trappers. Winners would get a maximum $100,000 and have to submit spending reports.
The bill comes after word broke that a GOP state budget provision funneled the grant to the politically connected United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation. Gov. Scott Walker rescinded the grant last month.
Democrats said at a news conference Wednesday the bill would inject transparency into the grant process.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, said Fitzgerald hadn't seen the bill and declined comment. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Burlington Republican, didn't immediately return a message.