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Governor Doyle Signs Bills into Law to Support Wisconsin Veterans, Men and Women in Uniform

MADISON Ė Governor Jim Doyle today, prior to the observance of Veteranís Day on Sunday, signed four bills into law to support veterans and our men and women in uniform.

"Wisconsin has the greatest package of benefits in the country supporting veterans and men and women in uniform, a fact that makes us all extremely proud," Governor Doyle said. "Today, two days before Veteranís Day, I am pleased to announce additional steps Ė a few small ways to show our gratitude to Wisconsinís veterans and our men and women in uniform."

The four bills provide greater flexibility in Wisconsinís laws to veterans and our men and women in uniform. The bills provide better representation for veterans, allow service men and women to recreate more freely, and recognize their community service.

Assembly Bill 270 improves the Council on Veterans Programs by adding representatives from The Wisconsin Council of the Military Officers Association of America and The Retired Enlisted Association.

Governor Doyle thanked Representatives Terry Musser and Robert Turner, and Senators Jim Sullivan and Carol Roessler for their work on the bill.

Assembly Bill 130 allows nonresidents in the Wisconsin National Guard to obtain a hunting permit, giving them the same privileges as active military personnel stationed in the state.

Governor Doyle thanked Representative Mary Hubler and Senator Hansen for their work on the bill.

Assembly Bill 131 allows active U.S. armed forces service members from outside the state to obtain special hunting licenses when in Wisconsin on furlough or leave from active military duty.

Governor Doyle thanked Representatives Lee Nerison and Ann Hraychuck, and Senator Russ Decker for their work on the bill.

Assembly Bill 63 creates "Veteran Recognition Week." This week will coincide with Veteranís Day and acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

Governor Doyle thanked Representatives Steve Wieckert and Robert Turner, and Senators Jeff Plale and Jim Sullivan for their work on the bill.


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