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Bill to legalize rubber duck races has hearing on Thursday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A bill legalizing rubber duck races in Wisconsin has been scheduled for a public hearing.

The measure is up for a hearing before the state Senate's Workforce Development Committee on Thursday, November 7th. 

Non-profit organizations commonly race little, plastic, numbered ducks as fundraisers.  Participants buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a duck's number.  The first to float across the finish line wins.

The bill comes after the village of Mishicot was warned by the Wisconsin Department of Justice that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

The bill creates an exemption for duck races, similar to laws in Minnesota and Michigan.

Rubber duck races in Wisconsin include the "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Duck Derby" in Menomonee Falls.

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