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Raw milk bill passes committee, big hurdles remain


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin dairy farmers could sell raw milk directly to customers on their farms under a bill that passed in a Senate committee vote Tuesday.

It was a 3-2 vote, with all Republicans in support and both Democrats against.

This latest version of raw milk legislation faces an uncertain future, with the state's dairy industry against it and Gov. Scott Walker expressing reservations. Supporters of raw milk sales say it's safe to drink and provides health benefits, while opponents say it puts Wisconsin's dairy industry at risk.

The bill would require those wishing to sell raw milk to be registered with the state, undergo stringent testing requirements, and keep a log of all their sales available for state government inspection.

The earliest the full Senate is expected to consider the bill is next year.


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