Wis. Senate OKs outdoor fees for Purple Heart vets
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would offer wounded veterans steep discounts on the state Department of Natural Resource's catch-all outdoor activity license.
The bipartisan measure would allow Purple Heart recipients who reside in Wisconsin to purchase a conservation patron license for $10. The licenses currently cost state residents $165.
Purple Heart recipients who live outside Wisconsin would pay $161 for a license; out-of-state residents currently pay $600 per license.
Conservation patron licenses authorize the holder to participate in a range of hunting, trapping and fishing activities.
The bill also would offer out-of-state Purple Heart winners individual outdoor licenses at cheaper state resident prices.
The Senate approved the bill on a unanimous voice vote on Tuesday with no debate. It now goes to the state Assembly.