UPDATE: Bill would set minimum age to officiate wedding

UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 8:22 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- No one under age 18 could officiate a wedding in Wisconsin under a bill headed to Gov. Scott Walker.

The state Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. It cleared the Assembly last month and is now headed to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bipartisan bill would set the age requirement while also making it easier for people from out of state to officiate, removing a requirement that out-of-state officials must obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

Opponents of the measure have raised concerns about the minimum age requirement, saying it could prevent young family members from officiating weddings in some cases.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 11:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- No one under age 18 could officiate a wedding in Wisconsin under a bill up for passage Tuesday.

The state Senate was to vote on the measure that cleared the Assembly last month. Once it clears the Senate, it would head to Gov. Scott Walker.

The bipartisan bill would set the age requirement while also making it easier for people from out of state to officiate, removing a requirement that out-of-state officials must obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

Opponents of the measure have raised concerns about the minimum age requirement, saying it could prevent young family members from officiating weddings in some cases.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 3:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Want to officiate a wedding in Wisconsin?

Under a bill the state Assembly just passed, you'd have to be at least 18 to do it.

The bipartisan bill sets the age requirement while also making it easier for people from out of state to officiate, removing a requirement that out-of-state officials must obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

Republican Rep. Dan Knodl was the only legislator to vote against the bill in committee. He took issue with the age requirement, saying that could prevent young family members from officiating weddings in some cases.

Regardless, the Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday. The proposal now goes to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 10:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Want to officiate a wedding in Wisconsin?

If the state Assembly gets its way, you'd have to be at least 18 to do it.

The bill up for a vote on Thursday sets the age requirement while also making it easier for people from out of state to officiate.

The measure would remove the requirement that officials from out of state must obtain a letter from the church before the wedding.

While the bill has found bipartisan support, Republican Rep. Dan Knodl voted against it in committee.

Knodl took issue with the age requirement, saying that could prevent family members from officiating weddings in some cases.


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