16 die, but boating safety stalls in Legislature

Two boaters in life jackets are aided by passing boaters July 10 near Racine on Lake Michigan, where a sheriff’s official said the small motorized craft was capsized by the wake from larger boats near the city’s main harbor.

Despite the continued concern over preventable boating accidents and fatalities, Wisconsin lawmakers tried but failed in the last session to pass new laws mandating life jackets for children and cracking down on intoxicated boating. Continue Reading

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News and notes: New tools for monitoring environmental data in Wisconsin; the governor’s campaign contributors favor keeping him in control of DNR; DOJ hosts free seminars on government sunshine; and tax revenue was down last year. Continue Reading