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'Wedding Barn' Provision Dropped from Tavern Bill
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/14/2020

Wisconsin lawmakers decided to scrap a proposal that would require wedding barns to become licensed because it was attached to a larger bill allowing bars to stay open for extended hours. On Thursday, the Assembly State Affairs Committee voted to remove the provision so they could focus on the remainder of the legislation, which was promoted by taverns that want to accommodate the crowds attending this summer's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

Committee Chair Rob Swearingen said his panel will still take up the issue of wedding barns during the next legislative session, but elected not to do it in conjunction with the bar measure.

Under the bill's original language, wedding barns and other private spaces would have been subject to a $750 annual permit fee to serve alcohol.

The legislature twice considered proposals in 2018 targeting wedding barns for increased regulation, but fell short of a vote.

The DNC Convention will take place July 13-17.

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