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Hidden handguns could be legally carried without a license in Wisconsin under a far-reaching, Republican-backed proposal being circulated for co-sponsors.

The bill unveiled Tuesday would also allow licensed concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms into places where they are currently barred, including school buildings, unless signs are posted prohibiting them.

Bill co-sponsor Republican Rep. Mary Felzkowski says its intent is to remove the "barrier of the concealed carry permit" so people can exercise their constitutional right to carry a gun.

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Vice President Mike Pence plans to give a speech before an invitation-only audience and tour an agricultural supply store's headquarters and distribution center in the Wisconsin hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Blain Supply announced Thursday that Pence was to be joined by Ryan and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for the stop in Janesville today.

Environmentalists are concerned about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plans to do away with the magazine produced by the state Department of Natural Resources. 

The Wisconsin State-Journal reports the closure is part of the governor’s 2017-19 budget plan. Spokespeople for Walker say the DNR should be more narrowly focused and not be in the publishing business.   

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Twenty-two Wisconsin hospitals were fined for not complying with a 2008 law on providing emergency contraception.  

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A Republican lawmaker is renewing his fight against drunken driving as the new legislative session begins with bills calling for stiffer penalties and ignition interlock requirements.

Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon has introduced three bills that would create a five-year minimum prison sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle; raise the minimum incarceration for fifth and sixth offenses from six months to 18; and prohibit all offenders from driving any vehicle without an ignition interlock.

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