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UPDATE: Governor signs rubber duck race bill

UPDATED Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 1:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Rubber duck races will be legal in Wisconsin under a bill Gov. Scott Walker has signed.

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

Duck races in the state include the "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls.

Republican lawmakers introduced the bill after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 5:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls may soon be able to operate in Wisconsin without fear of breaking the law.

The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing rubber duck races in Wisconsin. The measure cleared the Assembly last week. It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Nonprofit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks, with numbers on the bottom, as fundraisers.

But the legality of those races was called into question after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

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

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 4:33 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls may soon be able to operate in Wisconsin without fear of breaking the law.

The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing rubber duck races in the state. It cleared the Assembly last week and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Non-profit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks, with numbers on the bottom, as fundraisers.

But the legality of those races was called into question after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

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

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 6:46 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and the "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls may soon be able to operate in Wisconsin without fear of breaking the law.

A bill legalizing rubber duck races in the state is up for final approval Tuesday in the Senate. It cleared the Assembly last week and will head to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature once the Senate passes it as expected.

Non-profit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks, with numbers on the bottom, as fundraisers.

But the legality of those races was called into question after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.

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

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 4:31 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill legalizing rubber duck races in Wisconsin is moving closer to the finishing line.

The state Assembly approved the measure Thursday on a voice vote. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

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

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

The bill comes after the state Justice Department warned the village of Mishicot 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.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 6:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A bill legalizing rubber duck races in Wisconsin is moving closer to the finishing line.

The bill, which has bipartisan support, is up for a vote Thursday in the Assembly.

Non-profit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks, with numbers on the bottom, as fundraisers. Participants usually buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a duck's number.

The first to float across the finish line wins.

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

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.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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