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Controversial legislation discussed on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Two controversial pieces of legislation are up for discussion on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Executive Director George Meyer debate the merits of a bill that would allow bow hunting near school and hospital grounds, scrapping the current 1,700 foot limit.

"People, if they are on the school or the playground with their children on the weekend and they see a person over there with a crossbow 100 yards away, when someone's got a weapon that's pretty intimidating," said Rep. Hebl, who said he can't consider supporting the bill, because it doesn't allow local governments to opt out of it.

But George Meyer supports the bill, saying its necessary to reduce the urban deer population.

He would like to see the new law applied statewide, not decided by local councils or boards.

"The citizen members of those boards aren't experts in logistics often and are gonna tend not to make the decisions, even though its the right natural resource management decision," said Meyer.

In the second half of the show, the discussion turns to another controversial bill that would take the task of redistricting away from state legislators.

"In a democracy, representatives are supposed to be chosen by the voters," said Mike McCabe, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  "And, what we've got is a situation where the representatives are choosing the voters.  They're packing districts with voters who are likely to vote for them."

"Now's the time to get this on the books, to say that all of us want a non-partisan, Legislative Reference Bureau to draw the maps," concurred Rep. Diane Hesselbein (D-Middleton), a co-sponsor of the bill.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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