Governor Still Undecided on Mascot Bill

Logos of some of the Wisconsin high schools that have Native American mascots: Top row: Menomonee Falls Indians, Muskego Warriors, Mukwonago Indians, Waunakee Warriors. Bottom row: Fort Atkinson Blackhawks, Mosinee Indians, Kewaskum Indians, Ozaukee Warriors. Republicans announced Thursday that the Assembly would consider a bill within weeks rewriting the process for forcing school districts to drop their Indian mascots, shifting the burden of proof and possibly inflaming the ire of Native Americans.

Governor Still Undecided on Mascot Bill

By Associated Press. CREATED Dec 5, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker still isn't saying whether he will sign a Republican bill that would make it harder to strip schools of American Indian mascots.

Walker said Thursday that he isn't focused on the measure that passed in November. Walker says he will "look at it some point in the future."

Walker can sign it into law or veto it at any time. If he doesn't take any action by Dec. 12, he has six days to act before the bill becomes law automatically.

Opponents of the bill are pressuring Walker to veto it, saying it is racist. But supporters say the current system for forcing removal of race-based mascots is flawed.

Walker was asked about the bill following the Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony.