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Gov. Walker noncommittal on mascot bill


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is not saying whether he will sign a recently-passed bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.

Walker's response Thursday to a question about the bill was it's, "not on my radar."

The Senate passed the Republican-sponsored bill Tuesday. It cleared the Assembly last month.

Democrats have criticized the measure. saying its a way to institutionalize racism in schools. However, Republican supporters of the legislation say it establishes a more fair system for deciding whether race-based nicknames are appropriate.

The bill requires anyone offended by a school mascot to gather signatures from 10 percent of people living in the school district before a complaint can be brought. It also changes the burden of proof from the district to the person bringing the complaint.

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